Inheritance scams

From Mr. Kenneth. Read carefully and respond immediately

Scam Email received July 7, 2018 from
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From Mr. Kenneth. Read carefully and respond immediately

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From Mr. Kenneth. Read carefully and respond immediately

From Mr. Kenneth. Read carefully and respond immediately –

Hello, Compliments of the day to you. By way of introduction, I am Mr.Kenneth Robertson a staff of one of reputable banks in South Africa. I would respectfully request that you keep the contents of this mail confidential and respect the integrity of the information you come by as a result of this mail. I have a business proposal which I believe would be of interest to you. It concerns a deceased client and an estate he left behind, without naming a beneficiary to the funds left behind. There is Fifty Eight Million Three Hundred and Seventy Thousand United State Dollars ($58,370,000.00) deposited and I alone have the deposit details and the bank will release the deposit to no one unless I instruct them to do so. I alone know of the existence of this deposit for as far as my Bank is concerned. The transaction with our deceased customer ended when the bank could not locate the next of kin as none was stated when he set up the secret account. I have carefully moved the funds to the transfer department in a special account pending when I will find a trusted person that will receive the funds on my behalf overseas. They are simply awaiting instructions to release the deposit to any party that comes forward with the documents which I will provide for you. This is the situation. This bank has spent great amounts of money trying to track this man&s family; they have investigated for months and have found no family. The investigation has come to an end. My proposal; I am prepared to place you in a position to give instruction for the release of the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation since you are a foreigner like he was. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you in half. That is: I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you. We share the proceeds 60/40. I want to invest my own share with your help in your country/company if you assist me to the the funds out to your account. I have never been a business man and don&t know anything about it so I am depending on you for assistance in investing the funds in any profitable business. If its in your interest to proceed with the transaction, please respond to this email account with your contact number and I will give you a more detailed information of the source and origin of the estate as well as the transaction proper. I anticipate your cooperation while I also expect you to keep the content of this letter very confidential. Regards, Kenneth Robertson.

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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