Inheritance scams

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Scam Email received 5/17/2019

Email From:

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Sender Name:

Williams Aliwo, Esq.

Other emails used:

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Email Subject:


Attention – [email protected]

— Williams Aliwo, Law chambers Attorney at Law Lagos, Nigeria. 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 got your email contact via my search on the internet. I am Mr. Williams Aliwo, Esq. I am the personal attorney to a late national of your country, who was a Gold trader here in Nigeria. On the 25th June 2014, my client was among those killed in Abuja bomb blast in Wuse district, ( The bank here where my late client had the sum of US$7.5 Million (Seven Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars, only) in a fixed deposit in his bank account has now issued me a notice to provide his next of kin within the next 2 months or they will confiscate the funds. The banking policy can only allow the release of such funds to a benefactor through an application as next of kin to the deceased. After his death, the bank has been expecting a possible beneficiary, but no luck, this institute has exploited all its ethical possibilities in other to contact his possible relation or inheritor, but no success. Since no one has come up, I have made my own research with the help of a private investigator, it is my knowledge that my late client has been living in Lagos for the past 25yrs and has never returned back home. I also learnt that his wife and 12 year old daughter died with him during the accident. I am almost 100% sure that no one is aware of the existence of these 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. Fortunately, whether you are a direct relative of him or not is never a barrier to the success of the claim procedure. Upon your acceptance to work with me on this transaction, I agree that 40% of the funds will be for you, 50% for me and 10% goes to any acceptable charity organization here or in your country. In conclusion, it is my concern to demand your ultimate honesty, co-operation and confidentiality for our success on this transaction. Please keep this very confidential and do not discuss it with anybody. I guarantee that this process would be executed under a legitimate arrangement that would legally protect you and me from any breach of law. Kindly reply and send me your phone number for more details. Thanks and God bless you. Waiting for your prompt response. Regards, Williams Aliwo, Esq. Williams Aliwo, Esq. – [email protected]

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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