Inheritance scams

Good Day,
[email protected]


Scam Email received 5/18/2019

Email From:

Sender Name:

Mr.Martin Frank Frank @earth.ocn.ne.jp

Email Subject:

Good Day,


Good Day, – [email protected]


From the Desk of: Mr.Martin Frank I wish to seek your assistance for the transfer of US$9.6M depository made by a foreign investor for an investment programmed that has remained dormant for years now. I discovered that the account holder died without making a WILL on the depository. And upon my further curious investigation, the deceased was a member of a government agency where huge amounts were reportedly missing. This money cannot be approved to a local bank account holder, but can only be approved to a foreigner. If you will stand as next of kin to the fund, it will be shared 50%/50%, as this is a TWO-MAN business deal transaction, I shall provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction. If this proposal is acceptable by you, I advised you provide immediately your full Names and Address, Date of Birth, Occupation, Tel & Fax Numbers. I await your urgent response. Do reply me thru this e-mail [email protected] Thanks with great regards. Mr.Martin Frank Mr.Martin Frank Frank @earth.ocn.ne.jp – [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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