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.
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]
Transfer officer: Michael [surname removed]
Mr. Richard [surname removed]