Email Scams: Government officials with Contract / Inheritance Funds to Pay You!
Did you receive an email from a lawyer or a government, United Nations, or bank official telling you that your "inheritance" or "contract fund" payment, which had been delayed (usually due to "some error" or "some evil persons" (usually the nefarious Dr. Charles Soludo - a relative of Emperor Ming the Merciless) is now "released"?
Sorry to disappoint you, but it is a scam.
Below are links to sample actual emails of this type of scam, along with how to recognize the scam and report them. These are of a type called "The Advance Fee Fraud (AFF)" email is also known as “419” after the section of the Nigerian penal law that deals with this type of fraud. It takes many forms, we have categorized the scams below as "Orphans and Widows of wealthy diplomats, generals, presidents, etc."
How to recognize a fake inheritance / contract fund scam
Let's look at some actual emails people received and see how we can spot that they are scams. In general, notice the awesome amount of misspellings, poor grammar and run-on sentences. Even if they weren't scams, would you go into business with someone who writes like that?
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