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Hyunseung Lee
Hyunseung Lee

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Is this a scam or legit?


The other day, I got an email from someone named 'samuel essel'.

The only time I revealed my email was through GitHub, so when he said he wanted to talk to me to work with something, I thought this guy was asking about programming or coding.


After replying what he wanted to do, he replied back several days later.


My thoughts

Well, I don't have many experience with these emails.

My first thought was that it was a scam. I mean who contacts a random person from the internet because they have the same surname?

My second thought was that it may even be legit. Though it was my first time receiving emails like this, I was pretty sure there were better ways to spam people than simply making up stories.

Top comments (7)

cicirello profile image
Vincent A. Cicirello

This is a scam. It's been around for decades.

gianpiero_errigo profile image
Gianpiero Errigo

Further "clarifications" will be request of money to "unlock" the deposit.
Quite old and desperate scam.

codingjlu profile image

Please don't respond to this email. It doesn't even look like whoever sent this tried hard to make it look real. You have no idea who this person is, and if you were ever in said situation, would you email random people online?

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Matt Willtrout

Not legit. Even if every word was true, it's still not your money in that bank account. I would recommend no further contact.

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CitronBrick • Edited

I am suspicious, as the names of the bank & its key officer are missing.
Genericity & urgency are signs of a scam email.

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Nkosinathi Ntuli

I received a couple of these over the past few months they usually go into the spam folder. Different guy, same message.

citronbrick profile image

Try adding a #help tag, to get more attention.

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