Inheritance scams


Scam Email received June 19, 2018 from
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Dear Winner, Your International ATM Visa card valued at 7.5 million has been deposited to us for delivery from the world bank Inheritance Dept. kindly re send to us your delivery Address as below. Your Full Name Your Address.. Your Mobile Line. Country. Nearest Airport.. NOTE; This package delivery fee has been paid by the World Bank but you have to pay ONLY for the FedEx stamp fee of $55 ONLY as to enable us stamp and notarized your package ready for delivery today to your destination. Therefore, contact us so we could advise you on how to make the payment. Once the fee is sent and confirmed, the FedEx will complete the process and the delivery of your ATM CARD without any further delay commences. I await your urgent response, Regards, Mr. Abdul Karim, Manager FedEx Delivery, Company Benin republic.

The above email is a scam. If you still think is legitimate, but you’re still concerned, then follow these steps:

Ten Minutes 10 minutes.

How to check if you received a scam email

  1. Google the details.

    Do a Google search for the persons name/company name that the email has come from.

  2. Confirm the details.

    Visit their website and look for a phone number or email address. Search for the website yourself. Do not assume the details in the email are valid.

  3. Confirm using the information you have found

    Using the details you have researched, call or email the business and ask them to verify the information within the email.

  4. Check if the email has been sent to multiple people

    Google snippets of the email text to see if the same format has been used in the past. eg “Army officer from Syria but now living with the United Nations on asylum”

Most of us know someone who is vulnerable to these types of attacks. Fortunately, if you’re aware of the presence of these scams, and armed with some basic knowledge on identifying them, you can greatly reduce your chances people you know becoming a victim. Please help them by sharing this information on Facebook or Twitter using the #telltwo and #takefive hashtags.
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