Inheritance scams

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Scam Email received 5/18/2019

Email From:

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Sender Name:

Gordon Smith

Other emails used:

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Email Subject:



FROM THE DESK OF MR. GORDON SMITH. DIRECTOR GENERAL, CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN). OUR REF: CBN/OHG/SOXD1/2018 YOUR REF:…………….. TELEX: CENBANK. PAYMENT FILE: CBN/BEN/018 CBN DEBT PAYMENT NOTICE OF YOUR FUNDS My name is Mr Gordon Smith the Director General Foreign Remittance Department, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). We discovered your name and email address (in the Central Computer among the list of unpaid contractors, inheritance next of kin and lotto beneficiaries that was originated from Africa (Nigerian Government) Europe, Asia Plus Middle east, Americans) among the list of individuals and companies that your unpaid fund has been located to a suspense account. Your name appeared among the beneficiaries who will receive a part payment sum of US$20 Million (Twenty Million United States Dollars Only) and has been approved already for payment. But two men from United State (Mr. Tim Parker and Mr. Rowland Gulf) came to our office in your stead to inform the Executive Governor of our bank that they are your representatives from United State, whom you send to collect your funds for you. We in this bank do not understand why you sent these men to come and collect your funds on your behalf. If actually you want them to help you collect your bill sum, at least you should have informed the Executive Governor of this Bank Mr Godwin Emefiele. They actually tendered some vital documents which proved that you actually sent them for the collection of this funds. Honestly, it really baffles the Executive Governor of this bank that you took such decision without his consent. Here are the Document which they tender to this Bank. 1. LETTER OF ADMINISTRATION. 2. HIGH COURT INJUNCTION. 3. ORDER TO RELEASE. Actually, these documents which they tendered to this Noble Bank is a clear proof that you sent them to collect this funds for you. Finally, the Governor decided to give them seven (7) days appointment ahead to enable us make necessary verification from you. Our Governor resolved to do that to avoid making wrong payment. Please, kindly advise us appropriately whether the two men are acting on your permission and instructions or not. We are anxiously looking forward to receive your urgent response to this confidential letter. Thanks for your anticipated co-operation. Mr. Gordon Smith. Director General, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Gordon Smith – [email protected]

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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