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‘Compensation Payment’ Advance Fee Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, you are eligible to receive a compensation payment because you were identified as a victim of a previous online scam attempt.

Supposedly, your email address was mentioned by the sender’s “security intelligent monitoring database’.

The email claims that, because you have been listed as a scam victim, you are now entitled to a payment of $1,320,000.

It instructs you to respond by email or phone with your details so that your payment can be processed. But, notes the email, before the payment can be processed, you will need to pay a court-related “legalization fee”.

Alas, the email is not the scam-victim lifeline that it presents itself to be.  Instead, it is just another advance fee scam designed to steal your money and personal information.

Criminals use these “second round” scam emails as a means of extracting even more money from previous scam victims. At least a few people who have lost money in an advance fee scam may be vulnerable and desperate enough to fall for a second scam that offers what they believe is compensation related to the first scam attempt.

If they do respond, they will be again asked to send their money and they will again lose this money when the scammers once more disappear.

This type of second attempt scam is all too common.

An example of the scam email:

Good Morning,This is my second email to you without your response, I am resending it to you in case you didn’t receive the one sent last week. I am here to inform you that your E-mail address appeared in the payment list of beneficiaries that will receive their compensation payment this month. The payment is a compensation awards for victims of diplomat scam services, Loan payment, un-cleared checks, contact payment, Next of Kin representatives, foreign business partnership, EBay, Alibaba transactions, failed bank payments and other contractual transactions.

Your E-mail ID was mentioned by our security intelligent monitoring database as one of the victims of online scam as was noted down from Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL and Google. You will receive your compensation payment via Bank direct wire deposit to your nominated bank account or through a debit card which does not require you to provide any banking information. This message is therefore notification that you are entitled to receive One Million Three Hundred and Twenty thousand United States dollar $1, 320,000.00.

You will be guided on all procedures for a stress free transaction in accordance with international best practice. We wish to inform you that our management in collaboration with the ECOWAS Financial Monitoring Department and United States Department of Treasury (Internal Revenues Services) have issued clean money certification regarding this payment. Payment processing form will be made available to you via email attachment or via fax as soon as we receive your response, all payment must be claimed within (21) working days or the funds would be listed as unclaimed.

All fees will be deducted from the award except legalization fee which is a court fee, the court legalization fee is recipient responsibility to pay it. The approved financial institution that will handle your fund payment or its agents will assist you on how to get your document legalized in accordance with International Financial law.

You are to adhere strictly to directives from this office and we advise you to stop any further correspondent you may be having currently regarding release of trap compensation funds.

Kindly provide below details as quickly as possible. You can also contact me on telephone directly +234 817 487 44340

1. Full Name
2. Contact Address
3. Occupation
4. Age
5. Fax / phone no

Yours truly,
Matt Puright

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.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,