Inheritance scams


Scam Email received June 27, 2018 from
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U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Nebraska Avenue Complex, Washington, D.C.20528. Ref: USDHSXQZU2017 (38°56′17″N 77°4′56″W) Phone Number: Tel: + (501) 476-7314 Text messages only Greetings Dear Beneficiary, I will like to introduce myself to you, I am Elaine Duke the new Secretary of Department of Homeland Security appointed by new President of United State Donald J. Trump after the reassignment of John F Kelly. I was going through some files that was transferred to me after the reassignment of Mr. Kelly, I discovered that you are among one of the people that has unsettle transactions with the Department of Homeland Security, International Monetary Fund (I.M.F), F.B.I and many other federal agencies within the United State and outside the United States. Most especially Africa and also some Financial Institutions due to too much internet scams and so many people impersonating different office to rip off your funds those are in their possessions. Thus, I want to notify you that no office or Financial Institution is in possession of your huge Compensation/Inheritance Funds aside from the U.S Department of Homeland Security, Washington D.C. And your file is currently on my desk awaiting for a clear contact with you before I can go ahead and disburse this long awaited funds valued at ($50,000.00 Million USD) fifty Million U s Dollars to you. And I have been given an authorization by the President Donald J. Trump to disburse the funds to you as soon as I have a direct contact with you. A claim came directly to my desk that you and your family are all dead and a Wells Fargo account was provided by one Mr. Steven Tilley who claims to be your Next of Kin, and that we should forward the Compensation/Inheritance Funds worth of ($50,000.00 Million USD) fiftey million U s Dollars into a Wells Fargo bank account, but God so kind after an appropriate investigation I discovered that Mr. Steven Tilley is just an identification theft and nothing of such happened. Also I bear that you and your families are very much alive. I will be so happy to have a direct contact with you if truly you are safe and sound like my investigation confirms. You are advice to quickly get back to me immediately so I can disburse your Compensation/Inheritance Fund to you. And to also send you’re below full information to the consultant personnel, Mr.comey davids. With the below information. He will take action at once in releasing your payment to you without delay. contact perosan Name: Mr. comey davids Email Address: Phone Number: Tel: + (501) 476-7314 Text messages only (1) Your full Name: (2) House Address: (3) Occupation: (4) Phone number: (5) ID CARD COPYI await your positive acknowledgment. Mrs. Elaine Duke Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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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