Oy. As much media coverage as these inheritance scams get, they still live, breathe, and multiply. The idea of free money from a generous stranger is appealing and designed to prove that there are good people out there. The complete strangers who do things like this are not random people sending emails from across the world.
I have six benefactors waiting for my response now. I figured I’d condense the messages into one post since the short messages are about the same.
From: No name (email@example.com)
Subject: Great News To You.
Message from Saudi Arabia Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal for his charity donation and You have been selected as recipient/benefactor for $2.5 Million Dollars from Alwaleed Philanthropic Foundation Grant.for more information contact us.
Ahmad Sadiq Azizi HR
From: Mr. David (Touch@dimak.cl)
Subject: PLEASE GET BACK TO ME
I am Mr. David Touch, I am sorry for this interruption. I have no other way to reach you than these way, please accept my apology.I am an account manager to one of our foreign late customer. It is my interest to contact you in respect of this our client who opened a draft account in my bank. It is with good spirit of heart I opened up this great opportunity to you. This deceased client of mine shares almost the same name as yours; He died as a result of heart-related condition on 14 of November 2011.His heart condition was due to the death of all the members of his family in the fukushima earthquake and tsunami disaster on the March 11, 2011 in northeastern Japan where they all lost their lives.
After his death, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address, but got no reply. He died without making any will. His draft account opened in my bank before his unfortunate death is $28,526,200.00 Dollars Only. I want to present you as the beneficiary of the deceased. I will use my position and influence in our bank to make sure they release this money to you for our mutual sharing. If I wait for days and did not hear from you, I shall look for another person.
Kindly get back to me for more details.
Mr. David Touch
From: hhhhhhhhhhh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am Capt.Ivan Castro,an officer in US Army, really need your help in assisting me with the safe keeping of two military trunk boxes which has just arrived in USA from Afghanistan. I hope you can be trusted?You will be rewarded handsomely and i will explain further when i get a response from you,
God Bless you
From: No name (email@example.com)
YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HAS WON PRINCE ALWALEED FINANCIAL DONATION OF GBP £1.6 MILLION POUNDS WON TO YOU FOR CLAIMS EMAIL (NAME, NUMBER & COUNTRY)
And these are the short ones. All of the messages are lies. There are or funds, inheritances from secret and previously unknown relatives, and no military officers looking to smuggle funds from Afghanistan. These people are scum.
Be smart and safe. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Especially if the message lands in your spam folder.