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Inheritance/Next-of-Kin

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How the scam works:

(with video below) 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.

Watch the video below to see a new twist in the Inheritance Scam, as reported in the news.

Inheritance Scam in the News Video

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 Sunday, January 25, 2015, M M wrote:

    Good day,

    Thanks for your response.Please permit me to introduce myself to you. I am Ms. Felicia Hernandez from Turkey currently based in Aberdeen due to settlement with my late husband. I requested for your help and trust in this matter because of the present problems I am facing now. I was married to Late Engr Mr. Cassidy Hernandez who worked with MULTINATIONAL OIL COMPANY EXXON MOBIL AS A DRILLING RIG SUPPLIER in Scotland for 18 years he died on 21st July 2002 on a plane crash with other passengers, We were married for twenty four years without a child. Before his death, he deposited the sum of {£7,500.000.00GBP}Seven million and Five hundred Thousand Great British Pounds sterling with a bank In Scotland in United Kingdom and this fund is presently with the bank awaiting my disbursement as beneficiary and next of kin to the funds. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Eight months due to cancer Problem.

    Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a Charity organization or a good and God fearing person that will use this fund to build an orphanage home which was the dream of my late husband. l took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money. I kept this deposit secret till date; this is why I am taking this decision. I don't think I will need any telephone communication in this regard presently because of the nature of my illness and the confidentiality of this transfer due to my husband family all around me.Upon your reply I shall give you the contact details of My Lawyer who will assist you with the documentations that will prove you the present beneficiary of this money also assist you in the transfer processes at the bank. I am very grateful to you for the interest shown in my plight and I want to assure you that you will be greatly rewarded for what you have chosen to do.

    Although we are knowing each other for the first time but I believe God has directed me to you as I prayed and searched over the internet for assistance because I saw your profile on Microsoft EMAIL owners list and picked you. Be assured you stand no risk as this is my money, I and my late husband labored for it and me as the next of kin has the sole power to donate the funds to whoever I want.

    All I need is your absolute trust, commitment, confidentiality and honesty because I want to see my late husband’s vision fulfilled before I leave this sinful world. I will also want to know a little more about you regarding your life, your spiritual life what you do for a living so as for me to know you well. I require your urgent response, if you are trustworthy and willing to help carry out this good work.

    To this regard I will require your
    Full names:
    Address:
    Age:

    With these details I will also inform my lawyers to work with you and help arrange the transfer of the funds to you. As soon as you have received the fund then you will help me set up charity or distribute it to charity organizations and hospitals. I pray to be alive when you receive this fund and start this project so that you can visit me here if you wish to.

    I will be very happy if you can stand and fulfill this work of God which you have been called to do. With God all things are possible.

    Thanks
    Ms. Felicia Hernandez
    feliciahernandez4@centurylink.net

  • On Friday, January 16, 2015, Noe wrote:

    You know they use and have bank names websites like if they were the real deal, but enough of the chit-chat. The supposed attorney's name is Michael Kyle Philip and goes for the next of kin under the dead Anderson Garcia apparently going for a whopping 6.8 mill pounds inheritance. He gave Tel: +447053838893 Fax: +44 (0) 1983 284. Please don't let anybody else for for this trap

  • On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, proxtra wrote:

    In my case , he claimed to be an accountant for a death engineer who died in a car accident , moreoverhe sent a copy if his passport for trust , I'll post the emails I received ,.
    ------------------------------------

    Hello Sir,

    I am a senior accountant with Tesco Bank, UK. I have worked here for more than 9 years now and I was the personal accountant to one Engineer (Mohamed Abdul Rahman) a foreign contractor with SBM Offshore who has an account with my bank.

    Unfortunately, my client died along with his nuclear family at Belgium while on sabbatical in the summer of 2009, may their soul rest in peace. Several efforts were made to find his extended family through your embassy without success.

    I received a notice last week to provide the next of kin of Mohamed been his accountant or the account risk been transferred to the government (es-cheat) in 16 days time. I am contacting you to assist me in repatriating the funds left behind by my late client since you both share the same last name.

    This claim will be executed without breaching any UK laws and success is guaranteed if we cooperate on this. The bank will release the account to you because of your last name and my recommendation of you as the next of kin.

    I will forward my International passport to you when I get your response, so you know that i am not joking. The amount involved is 7,649,400 Pounds; I propose we share the proceeds 50:50, I think this is fair. I will give you all the necessary information about deal when I get your response.

    Regards,
    Al Jahwari Muneer.
    -----------------------------------

    Good day,
    Your file got to my table today. Accept my deepest condolences
    for your loss. I am fully ready to release the reference account to you.

    We have actually begun the transfer process of account to you as the
    next of kin of Late Engineer Mohamed Abdul Rahman. The reference account
    has quiet a huge closing balance with a high interest gained over time. it
    was initially difficult locating account details because it has not been
    used for a while but this account still remains valid.

    Our policy demands that the listed documents be made available by you
    before we can complete the account transfer/ funds to you.

    The required documents are:

    1: Police Report of Engineer Mohamed Abdul Rahman.
    2: Sworn Affidavit of truth and claims.
    3: Death certificate of Engineer Mohamed Abdul Rahman.
    4: United Kingdom next of kin identity Letter.

    Documents are for official use only.

    Your are also required to provide answers to the following questions
    immediately before the bank executive will meet in the next 48 hours.
    The questions are:
    1.state exactly his occupation before his death .
    2.state exactly and clearly the cause of his death and precise date of death
    3.state the name of supposed next of kin wife and first son of deceased.
    4.State clearly and accurately the type of account operated by the
    deceased with our bank.

    On receiving answers to the questions and the above mentioned documents, we
    will then legally transfer account & account’s backup files to you.
    Expecting your quick response to serve you better.

    Regards,
    BHOJANAPALLI SESHADRI (Snr. Director),
    Head, General ledger department.

  • On Tuesday, January 06, 2015, Larisa wrote:

    Good day,



    My name is Barrister Henry B. Crico, an Attorney-at-law in Cape Town. My client by name Mr. Gert Clipaciuc, a well known farmer that resides in Cape Town, but now deceased, lost his life on an attack at his resident. Prior to his Death, my Late Client made a fixed deposit of $7,888,416.41 United States Dollars in a financial firm. As his personal Attorney after his death, I was officially notified and instructed by the firm to provide Mr. Gert Clipaciuc next of kin so that the Funds in his Account is remitted/repatriated to his Next of Kin in accordance with the Inheritance Law.



    Mr. Gert Clipaciuc died interstate, meaning he died without leaving a Will, hence, all my efforts to locate any of his relatives for presentation to the Financial Firm has proved abortive. I am seeking your consent to present you as the deceased relative/next of kin and subsequently the beneficiary of the fund so that the proceeds of this account valued at $7,888,416.41 United States Dollars can be paid to you for subsequent disbursement between you and I. 30% for me, 65% for you and then 5% will be set aside for any expenses we might incur in the course of the transaction.



    Work with me to receive these funds as next of kin to Mr. Gert Clipaciuc, by confirming your interest by email. I assure you a 100% risk free transaction because I am in possession of the personal file of the deceased after which the money will be transferred into your account as Mr. Gert Clipaciuc next of kin I have contacted someone like you because I know you will not run away with all the money when it is transferred into your account. I will come meet you when transfer is completed.



    Work with me to receive these funds as next of kin to my client, by confirming your interest by email. Please be kind to get back to me if you are not interested so that I can further my search for another partner.



    Yours respectfully,

    Barrister Henry B. Crico

  • On Tuesday, December 30, 2014, Dana wrote:

    Here is my case:
    Good day,

    My name is Barrister Henry B. Crico, an Attorney-at-law in Cape Town. My client by name Mr. Gert Visnjic , a well known farmer that resides in Cape Town, but now deceased, lost his life on an attack at his resident. Prior to his Death, my Late Client made a fixed deposit of $7,888,416.41 United States Dollars in a financial firm. As his personal Attorney after his death, I was officially notified and instructed by the firm to provide Mr. Gert Visnjic next of kin so that the Funds in his Account is remitted/repatriated to his Next of Kin in accordance with the Inheritance Law.

    Mr. Gert Visnjic died interstate, meaning he died without leaving a Will, hence, all my efforts to locate any of his relatives for presentation to the Financial Firm has proved abortive. I am seeking your consent to present you as the deceased relative/next of kin and subsequently the beneficiary of the fund so that the proceeds of this account valued at $7,888,416.41 United States Dollars can be paid to you for subsequent disbursement between you and I. 30% for me, 65% for you and then 5% will be set aside for any expenses we might incur in the course of the transaction.

    Work with me to receive these funds as next of kin to Mr. Gert Visnjic , by confirming your interest by email. I assure you a 100% risk free transaction because I am in possession of the personal file of the deceased, after which the money will be transferred into your account as Mr. Gert Visnjic next of kin I have contacted someone like you because I know you will not run away with all the money when it is transferred into your account. I will come meet you when transfer is completed.

    Work with me to receive these funds as next of kin to my client, by confirming your interest by email. Please be kind to get back to me if you are not interested so that I can further my search for another partner.

    Yours respectfully,
    Barrister Henry B. Crico

    Needless to say, I didn't pay any fees that were requested afterwards. Just to warn others of this particular name.

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