Inheritance scams


Scam Email received July 2, 2018 from
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Please read this slowly and carefully, as it may be one of the most important emails you ever get. I am Mrs Patricia Butt, I was married to Late Mr.Alex Butt, He used to work with Rosneft Oil and Gas Company Russia and was also a seasoned contractor in the North west region. He died on 13th August 2015 in Vienna Austria Europe. We were married for twenty nine years without a child. After his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home.When my late husband was alive, he deposited some amount of fund in a bank. My Doctor told me that I would not last more than 4 months according to my last as cancer of lungs patient. I have decided to donate these funds to better the lives of the less privileged need an honest and trust worthy individual that will utilize this money in accordance with my instruction. I want the money to be used in funding religious organizations, orphanages and the less privileged.I took this decision because I don&t have any child that will inherit this money and my husband&s relatives are very unkind to me and I don&t want my husband&s hard earned money to be misused. I am not afraid of death hence I know it&s a dept which everybody will pay one day. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank, and my Attorney. For legitimacy, my Attorney will also issue you a Letter of Authorization that will empower you as the original beneficiary of this fund. you have to get back to me as soon as posible because any delay will give me room in sourcing for another individual for this same purpose, if you are not interested, kindly pardon me for contacting you. Kindly indicate your interest by returning of your message through my direct e-mail address for confidential discussion: Yours Faithfully, Sincerely,Mrs. Patricia Butt

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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