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10 Million Dollars for You!

Monday, Jul. 21, 2014

 The sender of this email is claming that after you give them your personal information (full name, address, phone, valid ID, occupation, age/sex), you will receive a Visa ATM Card with ten million dollars on it! Now that sounds way too good to be true. Here's why:

The first major red flag is that the email is asking for personal information for a bank in Benin Republic, which is a country in Africa, as "quickly as possible". Secondly, how do you have ten million dollars waiting for you? That sounds like the beginning of a scam. Don't fall for it. Also, the email is sent from abuse@scu.edu, even though the sender is in Benin, Africa. 

The verdit: this is a phishing scam. 

 

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