Want to inherit a fortune by pretending to be kin to a late oil executive you didn’t even know? Don’t fall for it!

scam-alert-pic-150x150How would you like to inherit millions of dollars from someone you’re not related to and probably never heard of? You’d probably like it just fine, but it’s not going to happen. If you take an offer like that seriously, the money is only going to flow in one direction: from you to the scammer.

A consumer recently forwarded your BBB an email with just such a proposal.  “Mr.Sameh Al Qubaissi, Head of Institutional & Corporate Coverage at Financial Markets Division National Bank of Abu-Dhabi United Arab Emirates (UAE)” apparently picked their email address at random and decided to make them an heir to someone else’s fortune.

The letter states that David Ameeraly, an oil executive who died in a plane crash in 1999, left behind $16,500,000 and has no living heirs. The money is going into the UAE treasury if no one claims it. If the recipient will stand in as next of kin, he or she will get a big chunk of the fortune (“I am ready to offer you 35% of the total fund and 60% for me while 5% will be set aside for any expenses might occur during the transaction.”)

The scammer then asks the consumer for personal information including nationality, contact number, phone number, etc.

Although the scammer claims to be in the United Arab Emirates, this is a variation of the 419 scam, sometimes referred to as the “Nigerian Prince scam.” The scammer could get you to send money to bribe officials or send a fraudulent check and get you to wire money before the bank finds out it’s fake. There are many ways to get ripped off by a scheme like this.

Search for oil exectutive David Ameeraly or lines of text from the email and you will find lots of people who received similar scam offers. If you get an email like that, the best thing to do is delete it. People have lost thousands of dollars playing along with similar schemes.