Inheritance scams


Scam Email received June 29, 2018 from
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Hello!!!!! –

Dear friend, I know this means of communication may not be morally right to you as a person but I also have had a great thought about it and I have come to this conclusion which I am about to share with you. INTRODUCTION: I am a banker and in one way or the other was hoping you will cooperate with me as a partner in a project of transferring an abandoned fund of a late customer of the bank worth of $18,000,000 (Eighteen Million Dollars US). This will be disbursed or shared between the both of us in these percentages, 45% for me and 45% for you while 10% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred during the process of transferring. Also according to the agreement if the payment year expires and the account holder or partner wishes to claim the said funds, the claimer has to re-activate the account. The cost of the re-activation will be paid by both of us. Contact me immediately if that is alright for you so that we can enter in agreement before we start processing for the transfer of the funds. If you are satisfied with this proposal, please provide the below details for the Mutual Confidential Agreement: 1. Full Name and Address 2. Occupation and Country of Origin 3. Telephone Number and Next of Kin I wait for your response so that we can commence on this project as soon as possible. Regards, Mr. Mussa Ali

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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