On this page we list some of the more common email scams. In all cases, the action is the same:
- Do not open any attachments
- Do not reply to it
- Do not forward to email to anyone else, even if you are recommended to do so
- Delete the message
Top tip: Take a look at the from address. If it is something like firstname.lastname@example.org then it is most likely a scam. Not only this, but look at the “to” address – ‘undisclosed-recipients’ will often be a scam.
In many cases, if you take a key phrase from the email and enter into Google, you will find many similar or identical examples listed often going back over many years.
I want to make a reservation in your facility for four (4) newly ordained priests from Greece, they will be visiting your country for a seven (7) day religious program in the month of June 2010.
Please check availability and get back to me with the costs for the duration of their stay in 4 rooms for single occupancy or 2 Twin rooms for Double occupancy, for the seven nights starting from 10th June – 17th June, then I can make deposit to book the rooms.
I look forward to hearing from you shortly.
Domain Renewal Scam
If you receive a domain renewal notice from the ‘Domain Registry of America’ sent by post with option to pay by credit card, IGNORE IT. If you acknowledge it, you will be transferring ownership of your website address to their ownership, and they will then be able to charge you for the use of what you previously owned. If you then don’t pay what they ask, they will be able to take down your website.More details.
Below are some of the emails we have seen circulating
My name is Mrs Christ, I will like to know if your places is still available for One week rent .
Booking date: 30 Jan 2016 till 6 Feb 2016
Guest: 2 adult
Hope to read back from you with the cost price .
From: Marcus Chervarier <email@example.com>
Date: 21 January 2016 at 08:25
Subject: Enquiry Accomodation….
I will like to book your property for the date and time below.
(Feb 22th 2016)
(March 26th 2016)
Guest: 2 adults
Its will be my wife and I,We just got married ..
Please email me the total price its will cost for the long holiday…
English is not perfect we are from Paris I will be expecting to
hear from you soon.
40 rue Monge
+33 (0)2 92.76.98