Inheritance scams


Scam Email received June 23, 2018 from
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Greetings –

Sent from: OFFICE MAIL Hello my good friend, How you today?, I was looking for someone in your Country, and when I saw your profile online, I was urged to contact you and see how we can best help each other. I am Engr. Hossein Barzegarpour, a Banker here in U.A.E. I believe it is the gift of God that I come across you now. I have an important business discussion that I would like to share with you and believe that it interests you, because it is related to your surname and you will benefit from it. One late Mr. Jack ?, a citizen of your country, made a fixed deposit with our bank in 2009 for a total of 36 calendar months worth US$15,600,000.00 (fifteen million six hundred thousand US dollars). The due date for this deposit agreement was due last date for this deposit agreement was January 16, 2010. Unfortunately, he died during a business trip in a fatal earthquake in Japan, in which at least 68,000 people were killed. My bank management still don&t know something about his dead, but I knew about it, because he was my friend and I&m his account officer. Mr.Jack did not mention Next of Kin / Heir, when the account was opened, and he was not married and had no children. Last week, my bank manager asked Mr. Jack give instructions on what to do with his funds, if he wanted to renew the contract or not. I know this will happen and that&s why I was looking for a way to deal with the situation, because if my bank directors happen to know that Mr.Jack? dead and has no heir, they will take the money for theirs personal use, so I do not want that to happen. Therefore, when I saw that your name was related to his name, I was happy and I am now looking for your cooperation to present you as Next to Kin, as your name matches. I will present you as the Next of kin to Mr. Jack to our bank and the money will be transfer to your bank over there in your Country. There is no risk; the transaction will be executed under a legitimate agreement that protects you from breaking the law. It is better that we claim the money than to allow the directors of the bank to take it, they are already rich. I&m not a greedy person, so I suggest that we share the funds equally, 50/50% for both parties, my share will help me start my own company, which is my dream. Let me know your opinion and please treat this information as TOP SECRET. I will give you more details as soon as I receive your urgent response. If you are interested to work with me on this deal kindly reply me on this my private e-mail address ( Have a good night and God bless. Anticipate your communication. Greetings, Engr.Hossein Barzegarpour.

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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    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

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    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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