How to recognize a money laundry scam

This is the state of mind you should always have when you read an email.

When something is too good to be true, it usually isn’t true.

Here is an email I got, which sounds… well… too good to be true.

If you look at the key words: compensation, scheme, “European Union Government” (there is no such thing), email, randomly selected, lucky.

I am Vogel Anton  , European Union Payout Officer in Germany in charge of processing and remitting payment to  all  Beneficiaries of the European Union Compensation Scheme.We have $4,000,000.00.of your compensation funds from the European Union Government,Please be informed that the funds are coming directly fromthe European Union , It is a Compensation from the European Union to all Victims of Global financial, Scammed Victims and Economic Meltdown andyour email has been randomly selected as one of the lucky beneficiaries.

 we have been authorize to Transfer your full compensation payment of
 You are required to provide these details to enable us proceed with
your transfer:
Full Names.
Direct Phone No.
Scanned Copy of I.D.
 Vogel Anton


They require your full details to be able to use your credentials.

At this point it is clear a scam.

Here is the full email:




From a technical point of view, just look at those empty fields in From and To. This is not an official email… 🙂

Whenever you see something that doesn’t look right (from both common sense as well as technical) then it is most probably not!

Just erase it …

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About the Author

Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since 2000 in the IT Security industry and until 2014 for Avira as Product Manager, where he was responsible for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Serving the security needs of so many different users made him think that there are other ways of to help the users: teachning them about security.

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