Inheritance scams


Scam Email received July 2, 2018 from
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Dearest in Christ, My name is Mr jerry paul. I am 55 years old. I am writing to you from my hospital bed, because recently my doctor confirmed that my cancer disease which I have been treating for about 2 years now risks taking my life. To present the act to which I have expressed this desire as I will like to donate what I have inherited from my family so you can fulfill my last wish However, I wanted to kill two birds with a stone, by confine this important project to you which is very important to me, that means to help the orphans, underprivileged children and then to provide sufficient fund that will enable you establish a small scale industry. I will like you to promise me that you will abide by my request and desire that you will not go contrary to my wish. Now there is last of my money which no one knows of is the cash deposit of five million US Dollars ($5,000,000,00) that I have with a Shipping/Security Company . I will want you to help me claim it from them, because the doctor said that I will die soonest. Please get back to me immediately so that I can tell you how to go about this project for me. God bless you amen. I expect to read from you immediately through this email: Yours sincerely, Mr jerry paul

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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