Inheritance scams


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Sent from: United Bank for Africa UBA Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Rte de l&aeroport, Cotonou, 01 bp 2020 Cotonou Benin (United Bank for Africa ATM Card Department) Dear email owner/fund beneficiary, Compensation funds payment order Via ATM Card This is to inform you that, we have been working towards the eradication of fraudsters artists in Africa with the help of the United states government, Benin republic government, United kingdom government and the International monetary fund (IMF) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) including with the help of the Currency transactions reports (CTR) and Suspicious transactions reports (STR) Internal revenue service (IRS) and financial action task force (FATF). We have been able to track down so many of this scam artist in various parts of African countries which includes (United kingdom, India, Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Ghana, Cameroon and Senegal) and they are all in government custody now, they will appear at international court of justice (ICJ) Hague (Netherlands) soon for criminal/fraud justice. During the course of our investigation, we have been able to recover so much money from these scam artists. The united nation anti-crime commission and the united state government have ordered the money recovered from the scammers to be shared among 50 lucky people around the world for compensation. This email/letter is been directed to you because your email address was found in one of the scammer artists file and computer hard-disk while the investigation, maybe you have been scammed. You are therefore being compensated with the sum of $5,000,000.00 (Five million dollars only). We have also arrested some of those who claim that they are barristers, bank officials, lottery and government agents who has money for transfer or want you to be the next of kin of such funds which does not exist. Since your email address appeared among the lucky beneficiaries who will receive a compensation funds, we have arranged your payment to be paid to you through ATM visa card. An ATM visa card will be issued in your name and your $5,000,000.00 (Five million dollars only) will be loaded into it, and deliver it to your postal address with the pin number, as to enable you withdrawal your funds from any ATM machine anywhere in the world. To issue the ATM visa Card, you are therefore advised to contact the visa card incorporation Benin republic, this is so because visa inc. Is a global payments technology company that enables consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments to use digital currency instead of cash and checks, and the Government choose them to payout all the compensation funds to the fifty lucky beneficiaries. Please contact them now with the below contact details: (United Bank for Africa) Director: Maria Tiada Phone: +229-6945-2098 Text or Call Email: Director ATM Visa Card issuance department (visa incorporation Benin) Contact her now for the delivery of your ATM card. As soon as you establish a contact with her, an ATM Card will be issued to you immediately which you can use to withdraw your funds from any ATM machine, but the maximum is $10,000 dollars per day because the card has been upgrade. So if you like to receive your funds through this means you’re advised to contact Maria Tiada with the following information as stated below: 1. Your Full Name: 2. Home Address or (p.o box): 3. Your Age: 4. A Copy ID: 5. Cell/mobile Number: Please be warned, as the united nations anti-crime commission and the united state government does not instruct any other bank or agent in this payment except Maria Tiada, whom we can only give attention to, and from now, we advice you to stop all the communications you are having with any other agent or bank officials in Europe, Asia and Africa regarding to your payment. Note: that your ATM visa Card cannot be issue to you unless you proved the above request information. Thanks for your understanding as you follow instructions. Yours in services Tony Elumelu

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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