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‘Coronavirus Compensation’ Advance Fee Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, “administrator and management” have decided to award all of their email users with a coronavirus compensation payment.

Supposedly, you have been selected to receive a “lump amount” of $250,000 USD and should contact the “payment remittance center” to claim your payment.

However, it hardly needs to be said that the email is just a crudely rendered scam designed to trick gullible recipients into sending money to criminals.

The email is not from any legitimate organisation and is not associated with any legitimate Community Bank.

If you fall fro the ruse and contact the “transfer office”, you will be told that you are required to pay various fees upfront before your award money can be processed. The scammers will invent various excuses as to why the payment of these fees is required and must be paid in advance.
If you go ahead and send money, the crooks will ask you to send even more until you either run out of funds or realize that you are being conned.  After they have stolen as much of your money as they can, the scammers will simply go silent and you will no longer be able to contact them.  You will never get any of your money back. Nor, of course, will you ever get the promised compensation payment, which never existed in the first place.

And, to make matters worse, the scammers may have managed to trick you into sending them a large amount of your personal and financial information. They may be able to use this information to steal your identity.

Advance fee scams like this one continue to be very common and, sadly, they continue to gain new victims. The best thing to do with such messages is to hit the delete key.

An example of the scam email:

Subject: Dear Email User !Dear Email User!!!

This is to notify you that our administrator and management have decided to award all their user because of the corona virus. Your email was selected among the lucky users to receive a lump amount of $250,000 USD which our administrator management granted to every of their users as a compensation because of the Corona virus holiday. For the claim of your granted price, you are to submit your details to our paying bank

Below is the contact information of our payment remittance center

COMMUNITY TRUST BANK PLC
Head of Operation- Mr. Kazuma [surname removed]

Email: [removed]

Tel +[removed]

Transfer officer: Michael [surname removed]

Regards
Mr. Richard [surname removed]



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,
Hoax-Slayer