The inheritance scam is both a very old and very common scam attempt. Scammers send you an email informing you that you have been chosen to receive a fabulous and providential legacy.
The scam inheritance process is as follows: One day, you receive a very long and very polite email from an unknown people. Usually, in this email there are many references to god, god who helped this people to join you (and not anyone else)
In this email, this person introduces himself or herself and somehow tells that he or she has a large amount of money. But unfortunately this person is in a critical situation that prevents to enjoy it. And of course, he or she has no family to share this money with. That’s why this person wrote this email to you.
This person then asks you to help unblock this money. And to show his or her gratitude, he or she is OK to give you a commission representing a percentage of the amount of money (usually from 10 to 25%!)
If you make preliminary expenses, you won’t have any more news from your contact
If you answer that you agree, this person will tell you that there are first fees to pay (application fees, notary or lawyer fees, etc.). One might think that this is a small amount in comparison to the millions that will happen next. But the problem is that you make the first money transfer.
Another technique is that you must give your consent to a money transfer from your bank account just to check that a transaction is feasible. If you give your bank account information, a money transfer will be made from your account to the scammers’ one (and not the opposite).
Do NOT reply to these mails promising you to earn money from an unexpected inheritance. These are scams called inheritance scams or legacy scams
If you’ve ever received these emails and fall into this kind of inheritance scam, you can tell us you story.
Below an example among thousands :
Hello My Dear.
Greetings to you , I know that this message will appear as a surprise to you that we barely know but the i trust you will not betray an ill woman. I have a brain tumor, I suffer terribly at the moment. My doctor just informed me that my days are numbered because of my ill health and continuous deterioration . Currently, I have exhausted all my savings for my medical care and something tells me that the end of my life is near.
But I do have some funds for my charity project which i and my husband planned before he died, these funds are deposited in a fixed deposit in a local bank here in Benin. purposed for charitable foundation. My marital status is such that I’m single because I lost my Husband for over 9 years now and unfortunately we have not had a child together, which I am no one to leave my legacy . Therefore, to release my funds I would like to make a donation so that there is no stiff tax on my money.
To this I would so graceful and in order to help the poor to give what amounts to said legacy worth (4,000,000 ?) (Four Million Euro) to enable you to establish a charitable foundation in my memory so that those who are ill, homeless and those suffering from abject poverty will be honored and remembered.
I have no fear because before contacted you, i have for several nights thought about this and my instinct convince me to contact you as a trusted person to whom I can entrust with this matter and it is the result of why I am doing so by contacting you
Know that you can keep certain amount for yourself and the rest will be used to create a charitable foundation in my memory and a federation in the fight against cancer and also build orphanages, will let you know the amount you will keep for your self when you contact me. Please kindly contact me back with the following information: Your name and first name, your exact address and your mobile/house/office telephone contact, and an identification Card such as drivers license or international passport data page so I can forward them to my bank and have you present to the bank as the next person in charge of this fund, so that if i die anytime, the situation will not be complicated. My Private email: [hidden by 1sc.org]
I count on your goodwill and especially on the proper use of these funds.
My Private email: [hidden by 1sc.org]