Nearly all email scams have the same things in common. They nearly always have at least 2 if not 3 emails. The 1st email normally gets closed down as a sender of spam. The email address they come from is not the email address they want you to contact. The email address they ask you to contact is a free email service like hotmail, gmail, yahoo and many others.
They say they are from a certain government, business or organisation yet you cannot contact them through their legitimate email address. They say they are from a certain country yet their telephone number is not from that country.
Most of the time they are from people you have never heard of but the newer ones are sneaky and use virus’s to send to peoples friends accounts. So it still could be a scam even though it seems to come from your friends email address.
They always ask for money before you win or are supplied with whatever they are offering. They nearly only accept money via western union or cash. This is not always the case and they have been known to accept Paypal, Bank Deposits and other forms of payments. There are a lot more scams out there and you can click here to learn in details how these scams work.
- You have to pay for your winnings.
- You have to pay for your inheritance.
- You have to supply your Your full name.
- Phone, fax and mobile.
- Company name, position and address.
- Profession, age and marital status.
- ID card or international passport scan copy.
- Your email.
If they managed to contact you they should already know your name and email address.
Some other notable ways
- The spelling is atrocious.
- The format of the email shows foreign characters.
- The email is addressed to either undisclosed recipients, lots of different email addresses or just your email address but not your name.
The Email Titles include the following words