Inheritance scams


Scam Email received June 18, 2018 from
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WAEMU/AFRICAN UNION EMISSARY.FOREIGN DEBT RECONCILIATION COMMISSION.SITTING IN WEST AFRICAN SUB-REGIONCOTONOU – REPUBLIC OF BENIN.E-Mail: ATTN: DEAR BENEFICIARY. The United Nations/World bank and African Union emissary, sitting in African Union sub-secretariat in Cotonou Republic of Benin, for prompt scrutiny, re-validation and payment of all overdue Contract/inheritance funds to their legitimate Beneficiaries worldwide. Consequent to the reports and numerous complaints made to the United Nation, World Bank, and African Union executives by many Foreign contractors and inheritors of Funds to impose  sanction and close credit links to the government of some  corrupt African  countries  as a result of unjust delays and non-payment of  contract and inheritance funds that are legitimately owed to them in consonant with the incessant nefarious activities of some corrupt Directors in their Governmental Ministries, and Banking institutions  who engages themselves in the illicit act of extorting illegitimate and unending fees from foreign beneficiaries of fund for their selfish interest  without transferring the said funds to their beneficiaries. It was in view of the above ugly development that the Secretary General of the United Nation, and the World Bank Delegates after a bilateral crucial meeting was held during  which the head of administration of these countries, representatives of association of African Central banks and Human Right Renaissance Legion unanimously set up the UEMOA/African Union Emissary&s Foreign Debt  reconciliation commission to study, verify and audit  all the affected foreign beneficiaries  Payment files. Please be informed that during our routine scrutiny and verification of your entire official papers of fund claim as contained in your approved payment file, it was certified that you are the bonafide beneficiary of your approved legitimate fund. But much to my astonishment, yesterday we received application for change of your former bank account through some persons who claimed to be acting on your mandate. They submitted the under-mentioned new bank data as your new receiving bank account: CHASE MANHATTAN BANK – NEW YORK U.S.A – ACCOUNT #. 01-87491-007 – ACCOUNT NAME: ELMER DONALD. Consequently, you are to confirm to us if you had mandated some persons to do so, to avoid wrong payment to a ghost beneficiary. Note that the UNITED NATIONS/AFRICAN UNION EMISSARY have earmarked the sum of Two Billion, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only, for the payment of all the affected foreign beneficiaries worldwide. On that note, please be informed that we have approved part payment of USD $ 8.5 Million in your favor by a swift wire transfer via our accredited paying bank in Republic of Benin. To this effect you are advised to call or e_mail immediately so that I will refer you to the designate director and department of our accredited paying bank in Republic of Benin, for an immediate completion of your fund release bureaucratic processes for onward hitch-free remittance of your fund into your designated bank account Finally, we are sorry for the inconveniences you might have incurred in the hands of corrupt government officials and bankers who had earlier handled your payment file. Thanks for your anticipated co-operation. Yours faithfully, Mathew Muffuta { REGIONAL DIRECTOR} E-Mail: UNITED NATIONS/AFRICAN UNION EMISSARYDEBT RECONCILIATION COMMISSION

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

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  3. Confirm using the information you have found

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  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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