Inheritance scams


Scam Email received July 5, 2018 from
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Hello and Good day, I am an investment banker in one of the UK leading banks. I am writing to solicit your support in moving the sum of £15.5 Million GBP, which was deposited by one of the victims of the Grenfell Fire which occurred sometime in June, 2017. The British Government has just lifted ban on relatives coming forward to claim as Next of Kin to the deceased. Hence, my reason for this letter, to ask for your support in moving this money out of the UK through a UK courier company. I will get together all necessary documentation and will also influence the release of the fund to your desired location. All that I need from you are : Your full name, physical address, telephone contact and a valid means of identification. Please note that this process will not take more than 14 banking days to complete. Now, for your support, the sharing ratio shall be 60/40. The 60% for me, and the 40% for your help in moving the funds. Do contact me with this email address , should you be willing to help in moving the funds. Thank you. Graham Bestman

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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