Inheritance scams

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Scam Email received 5/17/2019

Email From:

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Sender Name:

Dr Williams Johnson II

Email Subject:



Compliments, How are you and your family doing ? Hope you have not forgotten me? I am Dr Williams Johnson II, the man from Nigeria who contacted you some time ago to assist me secure the release of some money accrued from the over invoicing of a contract/inheritance that was awarded by my government sometime ago during the military regime. Though you were not able to assist me conclude the transaction, I’m happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the assistance and cooperation of a new partner from Brazil. Presently I’m in South Korea for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile, i didn’t forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds, I made sure you are not left out the benefit of the transaction hence I kept aside for you sum of Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollar ($8,500,000.00)draft. Please bear with me for the making the initial contact through Email. Mean-while, A woman came to MY SECRETARY OFFICE few Days Ago with a letter,Claiming to be your true Representative. HERE BELOW IS HER INFORMATION AS SUBMITTED TO MY SECRETARY; NAME ANNE BRENDA 4031 Villa Vista Palo Alto, CA 94306 BANK NAME: CITIBANK, ARIZONA, USA. ACCOUNT NUMBER: 6503809008. Please,Do reconfirm to MY SECRETARY’S OFFICE, as a matter of urgency if this woman is from you so that he will not be held responsible for paying into the Wrong Name. If this woman is not your REP,You are requested to fill and send this information’s for verification purpose so that your VALID CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT US$8,500,000.00 MILLION US DOLLARS WILL NOT BE delivered into the wrong hand please. THIS FUND IS AS A RESULT OF INHERITANCE ON YOUR BEHALF: YOUR NAME YOUR ADDRESS YOUR PHONE NUMBER CELL PHONE NUMBER AGE SEX YOUR OCCUPATION/POSITION HELD I appreciated your efforts at that time very much,so feel free and get in touch with my secretary Quadri Wale, l have instructed him on how to send the Bank Draft to you. Please do let me know immediately you receive the Draft so that we can share the joy together after all the sufferings at that time. In the moment, I’m very busy here because of the investment projects which i and my current partner are having at hand. Finally, remember that i have left instruction to my secretary so as soon as you contact him he will send the Draft to you,so feel free to get in touch with MY SECRETARY NOW. Below is the contact of my secretary Name: Quadri Wale Email: [email protected] Kindest Regard Dr Williams Johnson II Dr Williams Johnson II – [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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