Inheritance scams

Requesting for your cooperation

Scam Email received 10/18/2019

Email From:

Sender Name:

Jacob Mathieu

Other emails used:,

Email Subject:

Requesting for your cooperation

Requesting for your cooperation –

Jacob Mathieu, Law chambers Attorney at Law Cotonou, Republic of Benin. Dear Friend, I humbly crave your indulgence in sending you this email, if the content does not meet with your personal and business ethics; I wish to apologize in advance. I am the personal attorney to a national of your country, who was a Gold trader here in Republic of Benin. On the 30th October 2012, my client was involved in a car accident and unfortunately lost his life in the event of the crash. Since then I have tried to locate any of his relative but to no avail and the bank here where he had the sum of US$7.5 Million in his account has now issued me a notice to provide his next of kin before the end of this year or they will confiscate the funds since there is no registered next of kin on the bank form he filled at the time he deposited the funds. So, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to my late client so that the funds will be transferred to you as the beneficiary. Then, you and I will share the fund, 50% for me and 50% for you. All I require of you is your honest cooperation and support for the success of this transaction. Fortunately, whether you are a direct relative of him or not is never a barrier to the success of the claim procedure. I guarantee you that this transaction will be carried out legally in accordance with the inheritance fund claim laws here and please keep this transaction confidential between us. I am waiting for your urgent reply via this email: and send me your phone number. Waiting for your prompt response. Best Regards, Jacob Mathieu, Esq. Jacob Mathieu –

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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