How to spot scam campaigns like "Scam Victim Compensation Funds"

Also Known As: Scam Victim Compensation Funds scam email
Damage level: Medium

What kind of email is "Scam Victim Compensation Funds"?

We have analyzed this email and found that it was sent by fraudsters who seek to extract money and (or) sensitive information. Scammers aim to convince recipients who have been scammed in the past that they can receive compensation of three million British pounds. It is a scam email that should be marked as spam and deleted.

Scam Victim Compensation Funds email spam campaign

More about the "Scam Victim Compensation Funds" scam email

This scam email claims that the the new UK government has decided to pay compensation to all victims of various scams. Each victim can receive three million British pounds. The email says that only 150 victims will get compensation, and 114 beneficiaries have already been paid to lure recipients into taking immediate action.

In order to claim their compensation, recipients are supposed to contact the "approved private officer" via one of the provided email addresses. After contacting scammers behind this email, recipients will most likely be asked to provide sensitive information (e.g., credit card details) or pay some "administration" (or other) fee.

Emails promising a significant share of a large sum of money (in this case, three million British pounds) should always be ignored. People who fall for such scams (pay money to scammers) get nothing in return.

Threat Summary:
Name Scam Victim Compensation Funds Email Scam
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
Fake Claim Victims of scams can receive compensation (three million British pounds)
Scammer Email Address nuixeia@gmail.com, jennifergermany03@gmail.com
Disguise Letter from Elizbeth Borrison regarding compensations for victims of various scams.
Symptoms Unauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of the computer.
Distribution methods Deceptive emails.
Damage Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft.
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Similar scam emails in general

These emails usually are disguised as important/official/urgent letters from legitimate companies, organizations, or other entities. They often include logos of real companies, names of existing people, etc. Scammers use these emails to extract money or sensitive information.

Examples of similar scams are "BRITISH CAMELOT ONLINE LOTTERY Email Scam", "Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs Email Scam", and "Funding Commitments To Fight COVID-19 Email Scam". Crooks use emails not only to extract money or information but also to trick recipients into infecting computers with malware.

How do spam campaigns infect computers?

Recipients infect computers via emails by opening malicious links or attachments. Computers do not always become infected right after opening malicious files. For instance, malicious MS Office documents cannot infect computers until macros commands (editing or content) are enabled.

It is important to mention that MS Office versions released before 2010 do not include the Protected View feature. Thus, malicious documents opened with older versions infect computers after they are opened.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Do not open attachments and links in suspicious emails (e.g., irrelevant emails from unknown addresses). Remember that cybercriminals often use emails to deliver malware. They pretend to be legitimate companies, organizations, other entities, or well-known people.

Download software from official pages and stores. Avoid downloads from other sources. Do not click on suspicious links or advertisements appearing on shady websites. Keep the operating system and installed programs updated. Do not use third-party tools to update or activate any software.

If you've already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Appearane of the "Scam Victim Compensation Funds" scam email (GIF):

scam victim compensation funds email scam appearance

Text presented in the "Scam Victim Compensation Funds" email letter:


Dear Beneficiary


This is to officially bring to your notice that the New government of UK London have decided to compensate all the scam victims with 3 millions british pound each (THREE MILLIONS BRITISH POUNDS ONLY) You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims and to be paid this amount, get back to me as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your 3 MILLION BRITISH POUNDS compensations funds.

On these faithful recommendations, we want you to know that during the last U.N meetings held IN AFRICA, it was alarmed so much by the world in the meetings on the loss of funds by various individuals to the scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today. In order to compensate scams victims, the Africans Body in
conjunction with the U.N Government is now paying a total 150 victims of this operator 3 millions british pounds each in accordance with the U.N.recommendations.

Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems, your payments are be supervised by the United Nations Officials and the CORIS BANK and Finance International Bank as the corresponding paying office, According to the number of
applicants at hand, 114 Beneficiaries have already been paid, half of the victims are from the United States,and India. We still have more 36 victims left to be paid ther (THREE MILLIONS BRITISH POUNDS) compensations funds.

For the claiming of your compensation 3 millions british pounds through the credited MASTER CARD and pin code,kindly feel free to contact our approved private officer from U.N  Name: Madam Mrs. Jenn Germany Email:
(jennifergermany03@gmail.com) She will instruct what you will do in order to successfully transfer your compensation amount to you.

You will receive your Compensation amount through a loaded master card payment or through Coris trust credit online bank. This is the two paying options approved by the UK LONDON Government; you will be detailed with modalities as soon as you contact the assigned approved U.N Delegate officer of the U.N and Finance International Bank.

Finally you are free to decide how you would like your compensation of 3 millions british pounds funds to be paid to you as soon as possible.

Sincerely Yours
Mrs Elizbeth Borrison

Contact My Private email address here (nuixeia@gmail.com) should you have any questions.

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Types of malicious emails:

Phishing email icon Phishing Emails

Most commonly, cybercriminals use deceptive emails to trick Internet users into giving away their sensitive private information, for example, login information for various online services, email accounts, or online banking information.

Such attacks are called phishing. In a phishing attack, cybercriminals usually send an email message with some popular service logo (for example, Microsoft, DHL, Amazon, Netflix), create urgency (wrong shipping address, expired password, etc.), and place a link which they hope their potential victims will click on.

After clicking the link presented in such email message, victims are redirected to a fake website that looks identical or extremely similar to the original one. Victims are then asked to enter their password, credit card details, or some other information that gets stolen by cybercriminals.

Email-virus icon Emails with Malicious Attachments

Another popular attack vector is email spam with malicious attachments that infect users' computers with malware. Malicious attachments usually carry trojans that are capable of stealing passwords, banking information, and other sensitive information.

In such attacks, cybercriminals' main goal is to trick their potential victims into opening an infected email attachment. To achieve this goal, email messages usually talk about recently received invoices, faxes, or voice messages.

If a potential victim falls for the lure and opens the attachment, their computers get infected, and cybercriminals can collect a lot of sensitive information.

While it's a more complicated method to steal personal information (spam filters and antivirus programs usually detect such attempts), if successful, cybercriminals can get a much wider array of data and can collect information for a long period of time.

Sextortion email icon Sextortion Emails

This is a type of phishing. In this case, users receive an email claiming that a cybercriminal could access the webcam of the potential victim and has a video recording of one's masturbation.

To get rid of the video, victims are asked to pay a ransom (usually using Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency). Nevertheless, all of these claims are false - users who receive such emails should ignore and delete them.

How to spot a malicious email?

While cyber criminals try to make their lure emails look trustworthy, here are some things that you should look for when trying to spot a phishing email:

  • Check the sender's ("from") email address: Hover your mouse over the "from" address and check if it's legitimate. For example, if you received an email from Microsoft, be sure to check if the email address is @microsoft.com and not something suspicious like @m1crosoft.com, @microsfot.com, @account-security-noreply.com, etc.
  • Check for generic greetings: If the greeting in the email is "Dear user", "Dear @youremail.com", "Dear valued customer", this should raise suspiciousness. Most commonly, companies call you by your name. Lack of this information could signal a phishing attempt.
  • Check the links in the email: Hover your mouse over the link presented in the email, if the link that appears seems suspicious, don't click it. For example, if you received an email from Microsoft and the link in the email shows that it will go to firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0... you shouldn't trust it. It's best not to click any links in the emails but to visit the company website that sent you the email in the first place.
  • Don't blindly trust email attachments: Most commonly, legitimate companies will ask you to log in to their website and to view any documents there; if you received an email with an attachment, it's a good idea to scan it with an antivirus application. Infected email attachments are a common attack vector used by cybercriminals.

To minimise the risk of opening phishing and malicious emails we recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows

Example of a spam email:

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What to do if you fell for an email scam?

  • If you clicked on a link in a phishing email and entered your password - be sure to change your password as soon as possible. Usually, cybercriminals collect stolen credentials and then sell them to other groups that use them for malicious purposes. If you change your password in a timely manner, there's a chance that criminals won't have enough time to do any damage.
  • If you entered your credit card information - contact your bank as soon as possible and explain the situation. There's a good chance that you will need to cancel your compromised credit card and get a new one.
  • If you see any signs of identity theft - you should immediately contact the Federal Trade Commission. This institution will collect information about your situation and create a personal recovery plan.
  • If you opened a malicious attachment - your computer is probably infected, you should scan it with a reputable antivirus application. For this purpose, we recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.
  • Help other Internet users - report phishing emails to Anti-Phishing Working Group, FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, National Fraud Information Center and U.S. Department of Justice.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why did I receive this email?

This is a non-targeted email. All recipients received the same email.

I have provided my personal information when tricked by this email, what should I do?

If you have provided any login information, change your passwords as soon as possible (especially if you use one password for two or more accounts). If you have sent your credit card details, ID card information, or other details to scammers, contact the corresponding authorities as soon as possible.

I have downloaded and opened a malicious file attached to an email, is my computer infected?

If you have opened an executable file, your computer is probably already infected. Malicious MS Office documents, archives, and other files usually cannot infect computers until users take additional steps (e.g., enable macros commands in malicious documents, extract malicious files from archive files and then open them, etc.).

I have read the email but did not open the attachment, is my computer infected?

It is safe to open emails even when they have malicious files attached to them (or include malicious links).

Will Combo Cleaner remove malware infections that were present in email attachment?

Yes, Combo Cleaner can detect and remove almost all known malware. Usually, high-end malware hides deep in the operating system. Therefore, it is required to run a full system scan to remove malware of this kind.

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