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How the scam works:

You receive a message (usually by e-mail, but sometimes on social networking sites as well) from somebody who claims to be the widow, the lawyer, or the children of somebody who recently passed away.

It could even come from your pen pal, who has been developing a friendship with you in the last few months, but now somebody in his/her family just died. Most often, these deaths have occurred in a plane crash.

The person will tell you that they got an inheritance in a foreign bank and they need help getting the funds out. You will be asked for help and – as a reward – you will get 20 or 30% of the total inheritance. You will be provided with an attorney’s number or somebody who will apparently take care of the whole process in that foreign country (usually Netherlands or England) and you are supposed to call him, to arrange the details.

To start the process, the lawyer will need a few fees, which victims usually pay, knowing that they will get a good chunk of the inheritance later on. Needless to say, it never happens.

How to avoid:

Never fall for a request for help in getting money out of a foreign country. The scammers know that a large proportion of the people they contract through e-mail or Facebook messages are not knowledgeable enough to recognize that this is just a scam.

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  • On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, chris wrote:

    Just got an email few days back to whom she introduce herself as Kimberly Mogan (kimberlyhowardmogan@hotmail.com). Same story, her spouse died in Australia but the bank is in Nigeria.

  • On Friday, August 08, 2014, maudy wrote:

    i also received an email from MALIK IMTIAZ SARWAR saying the same story as the on he told uli this is a real scam

  • On Wednesday, August 06, 2014, Raheem wrote:

    Damn I also got scammed by this idiot called Grace Max and this is her emial address - gracemax101@hotmail.com She told me her dad died and deposited a $ 6.5 million, which she needs a foreign partner for it to be transfered into my account. THANK GOD I GOOGLE SINCE I HAVE BEEN CURIOUS AOBUT THE WHOLE THING....THIS IS HER STORY....Next of Kin:::::::::::: Miss Grace Maxwell.
    Father's Name:::::::::::: Dr.Patrick Maxwell
    Account Number::::::::::: (RB343I08701364/QB/71/SB)
    Amount Deposited::::::::::::6.5 Million US $
    Name of Bank:::::::: Royal Bank of Scotland.

    Contact them now on how to transfer the $6.5 (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars)deposited by my late father which i am the next of kin. Honestly I am happy that God has brought you to see me out from this execrable situation which am passing through and i promise to be kind and will equally need you in every area of my life Including investing this money since i am still too young to manage it. As i told you before,this camp is just like a prison and I pray always to move out from here as soon as possible.Please make sure that you contact the bank !.
    Yours forever in love,
    Grace maxwellRed roseRed rose

  • On Sunday, July 27, 2014, Vern Smaulls wrote:

    I received several emails 1) Person introduce themselves and said in 2010 her husband and two children died in a car accident and left her over 6.5 million dollars. Teresa S. says she were looking for someone who will do a good deed of giving to charity and other under priviledge and would like for me to be the next of kin.

    Email 2 says she will be in intensive care in the next couple of weeks and she would like me instead of her deceased husband brother-in-law who wants the millions and she do not want him to get hold of it.

    Last email was received by a nurse on July 23, 2014 says Teresa S died and left a letter under the pillow that says Teresa S made me her next of kin to received the money and I will get 30% if I follow through with her plan.

    I checked google map of the address given and all google map show is a pavement in the road. No building and No Physical Address. This person is suppose to be from Oklahoma City, OK

  • On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, uli wrote:

    No.1A, Wilayah Persekutuan,
    Taman Bukit Pasir,
    93000 Kuala Lumpur,

    My name is Mr Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, a legal practitioner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I saw your contact and profile and decided that you could cooperate with me in this proposition. I have a client, who was deceased in November, 2009, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am contacting you because you have the same surname as my deceased client and i felt that you could help me in the distribution of funding that were left in my deceased client's bank account. This funding is closed to be declared un-serviceable by the bank as there were no indicated next of kin or next of beneficiary of the funding in the bank account.

    The total amount of cash in the bank account of my deceased client is US$ 11.3 Million ( Say, Eleven Million, three Hundred Thousand United States dollars Only ), The bank had issued to me a notification to contact the next of kin of my deceased client for either to re-activate the bank account or to make claim of beneficiary, of the funding in the bank account, with a month surcharge of 6% to be deducted as an Escrow safe keeping fee of the bank account, so as to avoid the indefinite closure of the bank account. My proposition to you is to seek your consent, and to present your kind self as the next-of-kin and beneficiary of my deceased client, since you have the same last name with him.

    This means that the proceeds of his bank account would be paid to you as his next of kin or the legitimate beneficiary. When the proceeds in his bank account are paid to you, we would share the proceeds on a mutually agreed-upon percentage of 60% to me and 40% to your kind self. All the legal documents to back up your claim as my client's next-of-kin would be provided by me. The most important thing I would need is your honest cooperation in this proposition. This would be done under a legitimate arrangement that would protect you from any breach of the law. If this business proposition offends your moral and ethical values, feel free to back out. Please contact me at once if you are interested reply through my personal email (maliksarwar@blumail.org)

    Barr. Malik Imtiaz Sarwar. M.ESQ,
    Senior Advocate/Solicitor.

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