Inheritance scams

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Scam Email received 5/18/2019

Email From:

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Sender Name:

Catherine Richard

Other emails used:

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Email Subject:


URGENT FROM HOSPITAL – [email protected]

God bless you my friend It is true we do not know each other before but please listen to me. I write you this mail from the Hospital. My name is Mrs. Catherine Richard. I am a widow and very sick now, suffering from a long time Endometrial Cancer which my doctor told me that i may not survive it. Due to the gravity of my sickness i have decided to donation out my late husband deposite fund sum of (US$ 5,500,000.00 million dollars) on Charity Purpose through your help since am very sick now and can not do that myself and I dont have any child or any avaliable relative to inherite the fund when i died because i was raise up in orpanage home. That is why i want to donate the fund now am still alive through your help. I will tell you more about myself and my plans with this money when I hear back from you. Please keep praying for me Yours sister Mrs. Catherine Richard Catherine Richard – [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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