Inheritance scams


Scam Email received July 5, 2018 from
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Congratulation!! –

I am the new Governor of (CBN) as i resume office received a payment credit instruction from the (United Nation/Federal Government of Nigeria) to credit your account with your full contract Inheritance funds from the Nigerian reserve account with our bank but we can not transfer this funds direct to your nominated bank account, because we are having a little problem with International Monetary Fund (IMF) so our method of payment is by Diplomatic Courier Service. (Delivery) This is to inform you that your diplomat has arrived with your cash consignment box value 10.7 million dollars in CLEVELAND HOPKINS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OHIO USA. As their transit I want you to know that you have 24 hours to call him now 216-769-9073 then ask to speak to the diplomatic in person of JOHN LARRY in the United States, let us know if you are still interested to get your consignment delivery to you today? as they have been waiting to hear from you to help them complete this livery to you right now the diplomatic have arrival at CLEVELAND OHIO United State with you consignment box call them now to help them pay for clearance of your package as soon as he get to your airport you are to call him with this number 216-769-9073 and ask to speak with the diplomatic in person JOHN LARRY call them and get back to me Note; that you must call me on +234 906 029 0090 as soon as you receive this email for more discussion, Also reconfirm your full current address and valid phone number to the Diplomatic once you receive this email to enable him to deliver your cash consignment to you without any further delay or mistake. I appreciate your good sympathetic and collaboration, Hope hearing from you swiftly. CONGRATULATIONS. MR GODWIN EMEFIELE , EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA DIRECT LINE: +234 906 029 0090

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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