Inheritance scams


Scam Email received 7/30/2019

Email From:

Sender Name:

Mrs. Olivera Charles

Other emails used:,

Email Subject:


Hello –

I felt greatly impressed after going through your profile, I confirmed that you will be an honest person to help me invest my inherited properties in your country. I am Miss. Olivera Charles a nationality of Ghanaian, I’m contacting you based on my proposition, my mother just passed away in the month of June 2018. Before my father’s died he left the sum of US$4,600,000.00 and 200 kgs gold in one of the leading bank in London for safe keeping in my name as the next of kin. It is by his grace that the bank in London has confirmed the money deposit and gold in their custody to me. I brought this vital information to you believing that you will come to my aid with great assistance and opinion in investing of these money in your country, all I want from you is to give me foreign assistance to receive these money and gold from the bank in London, as my foreign guardian to avoid loosing the money. Iam a foreigner there and my parents are no more, but I have the documents for the money which was issued to my late father by the bank during the time he deposited the money and to the bank in London. I have plans to continue my Education and invest in your country with your support assistance in businesses, like real estate and industrial production where the money will keep growing for our benefit. Please contact me urgently for further vital details through this my email address: May God bless you, Miss.Olivera Charles. Mrs. Olivera Charles –

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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