Inheritance scams

Your Over Due Payment

Scam Email received June 20, 2018 from
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Your Over Due Payment

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Your Over Due Payment

Your Over Due Payment –

Sent from: Mr. Jean Abdel International Remittances Department Benin Republic.United Bank For Africa Our Ref: UN/FCA7-02U UBA Attn: Beneficiary, We are in receipt of an approval document forwarded to our office by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and United Nation office (UN) to effect an immediate payment of $5,000,000.00 USD ( Five Million United States Dollars) to your nominated account as your over long due winning/inheritance fund. You are to make your preferred and affordable choice from the three options below: Option (1) Bank To Bank Transfer: This is a direct electronic transfer that will enable you receive the sum of money in any account that you will provide for this Bank to effect the transfer as it is always done electronically. It will take three (3) business days to reflect in the account that you will provide. Option (2) Bank Account Opening: You will have to open a new Bank account here with us and it will be registered for international transfer and you can make an online transfer as it will take 24Hours to get the account done. Option (3) Client Card Payment: You will have to receive an ATM Card and approved clearance documents this will take two (2) business days to deliver to your doorstep. We will have to use our courier company to deliver the parcel to your location. Reconfirm to this office immediately: 1)Your Name/ Address . 2) Tel/cell/Fax numbers .. 3) Age/ Marital Status . 4) Company name and position. I anticipate your prompt response via email. Yours faithfully, Mr. Jean Abdel United bank For Africa Tel +229 98364993 E-mail:

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”

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