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Another Absurd COVID-19 Themed Scam Attempt

by Brett M. Christensen

Some scam attempts are just so silly and transparently fraudulent, that they are almost amusing.

Like this one:

Covid-19 Fund Advance Fee Email Delivered as a “Party Invite” via Google Forms and complete with a paragraph of  “lorum ipsum” place-holding text, the email claims that EVERY citizen of the world is eligible to receive a Financial Incentive of $1.5 million courtesy of SunTrust bank.

The email, which has the subject line “Your Covid-19 Fund Benefit” claims that the money is to encourage more people to stay at home as directed by the CDC.

Of course, the email is an attempt to trick people into sending their money and personal information to criminals. It hardly needs to be said the email is not from SunTrust and that no money is being given away.

The email is a typical advance fee scam, albeit a very poorly executed one.

Read more information about advance fee scams:

Advance Fee Lottery Scams – International Lottery Scam Information

 

Advance Fee Scams

 

Transcript of the scam email:

Subject: Re: Your Covid-19 Fund Benefit

Sir/Madam

This is to inform the above that National Relief Fund/Sun trust Bank International is offering a Financial Incentive of $1.5Million to every United States of America/Asia/European/African/ CITIZEN of the world a life time opportunity to benefit in a Sun Trust Bank International MasterCard ATM COMPENSATION, In order to encourage more people to Stay Home plans as directed by CDC.

which the MasterCard daily Limit is 10,000.00 USD. This Card is valid till December 2024.

To claim your incentive.Please fill out the following personal information, Your Full Name/Delivery Address and a Valid Phone Number for your incentive Compensation of $1.5Million Valued MasterCard to be delivered to you within the next 48 hours as the United States Courier Delivery Service Delivery company is Awaiting your details.

You are require to get back us on the following mail / sunfirst11@daum.net /

Your Urgent Response will be appreciated.

Thanks,
Mr [removed]
Publicity Secretary
SunTrust Bank International
Party Invite
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Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

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Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer