Inheritance Scam

WHAT IS AN Inheritance Scam?

Victims receive a letter, call or email stating that they have been left a large fortune. However, to have the funds released, victims must first pay the administration fees and taxes.

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OF CASES REPORTED
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WORTH OF MONEY LOST
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  • Unexpected gifts of money and windfalls
  • When you receive official-looking letters or emails, be sure to research the sender's identity before taking any action
  • Correspondence that asks for your bank account details or personal information
  • Bad grammar
  • Ignore the correspondence. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • Do not send money to strangers, even if they claim the money will be used to unlock a greater fortune
  • Do not transfer money to anyone

What to look out for

  • Unexpected gifts of money and windfalls
  • When you receive official-looking letters or emails, be sure to research the sender's identity before taking any action
  • Correspondence that asks for your bank account details or personal information
  • Bad grammar

How to protect yourself

  • Ignore the correspondence. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • Do not send money to strangers, even if they claim the money will be used to unlock a greater fortune
  • Do not transfer money to anyone

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10 Apr 2019

An example of Inheritance Scam email

Inheritance Scam email: From Mr. Ben Adams Branch Manager Standard Chartered Bank Takoradi Ghana. Dear Friend Business Proposal For You I anticipate that you will read this mail quickly and let me know…...

27 Oct 2018

Met on instagram,said he was on peace keeping mission in Syria , wife died of lung cancer, only child, parents dead, wanted me to be next of kin/beneficiary as I was the love of his life and only pers

Met on instagram,said he was on peace keeping mission in Syria , wife died of lung cancer, only child, parents dead, wanted me to be next of kin/beneficiary as I was the love of his life and only person…...

28 Aug 2018

Just received a pre-recorded phone message on my handphone on 28 Aug,Morning saying I have a case with the high court which is unresolved

Just received a pre-recorded phone message on my handphone on 28 Aug,Morning saying I have a case with the high court which is unresolved. Call time 11.25am...

22 Aug 2018

On 8/21/18 I received 3 emails from a KV JUBAIR ([email protected]

On 8/21/18 I received 3 emails from a KV JUBAIR ([email protected]) claiming that my late father had deposited a large sum of money with their fund security company. They were waiting for me or my sister…...

22 Jun 2018

I got a call from 8713 9439 this morning - and I picked up cos it was a local number, thinking it could be one of the vendors that I work with

I got a call from 8713 9439 this morning - and I picked up cos it was a local number, thinking it could be one of the vendors that I work with. But upon answering, I realised it was a robocall, telling…...

22 May 2018

AT ABOUT 11

AT ABOUT 11.30AM ON 22/05/2018, I RECEIVED A CALL FROM THIS NUMBER AND IT WAS A SYSTEM OPERATOR CALL TELLING ME CALLING FROM ICA. TOLD THAT I NOT ALLOW TO ENTRY OR EXIT FROM SINGAPORE AND I HAVE PARCELS…...

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