Inheritance scams

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Sent from: Mr.Mark Cato. Attention; Dear, With due respect,I observe every protocols and pay all due compliments.I am barrister Mark Cato, I am Personal attorney and financial consultant to late Engineer Mr. Xie Zhenfeng, who was a contractor, Supply Chain Management with the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation here in West Africa. He was a victim of Dana Plane Crash Victims on Sunday June 3rd, 2012, on his way back to Benin Republic from Abuja-Nigerian. You can read more on the news links below: As a matter of fact, after the death of Mr.Xie Zhenfeng, who has no next of Kin or anybody to inherit his estate here in West Africa, I write to solicit for you to partner with me to claim his contract amount of $24M (Twenty Four Million United States Dollars only) that is already due for payment to the presented beneficiary this quarter of the year. Also as soon as I receive your agreement on this I will forward to you the payment schedule where his name and amount was written as due for payment and other approved documents on this payment. I am ready to share with you 50-50 as soon as this fund is claimed and transferred to your bank account. Finally, we shall discuss on other things and modalities as soon as I receive your response to this proposal, meanwhile this should remain with you alone pending when you shall conclude, and if you are not interested you delete the message. Waiting to hear from you. For conveniences please establish Contact to my e-mail:( I await your reply ASAP. Best Regards, Barrister Mark Cato.

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

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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”

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