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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 Wednesday, October 08, 2014, Dalton wrote:

    I received a letter today from Bruno Schulz, a 'lawyer' in Germany, claiming that a supposed relative of mine, with the same surname, had died in that country, leaving $41,000,000.00, and that I was the beneficiary. If I were to claim my 'inheritance', I would be eligible to receive 40% of the sum, Mr. Schulz would get 40% and a charity of my choice could claim the remaining 20%. Schulz & Schulz. Business Law, Danneckerstrass, 36, 70182 Stuttgart, Germany. E-mail: brunsoschulz48@yahoo.com or brunsoschulz48@gmail.com.

  • On Tuesday, October 07, 2014, solo1 wrote:

    Firstly I thank you for your reaction to mine email; How are you doing over there in your country, i believe you are doing well and the atmosphere over there in your country is very nice today? Mine is a little bit warm over here in Dakar Senegal. My name is Debby Andrew i am 24 years old but age doesn't matter in a real relationship, I am from Rwanda in East Africa ,5.4ft tall, light in complexion single, ( never married ) and presently i am residing here in Dakar as a result of the Civil war that was fought in my country some years ago.

    My late father Dr. Andrew Kotnana, was a politician and the managing director of a Gold & Mine Ind in Kigali ( the capital of Rwanda ) before the rebels attacked our house one early morning and killed my mother and my father with my two younger ones in cold blood. It was only me that is alive now because i was in the school before the incident, I am student of Accounting in the university before the incident, but i could not finish up my education, i was in first year, i want to become a Banker as a profession. and I managed to make my way to a near by country Senegal where i am leaving now as a refugee under a Reverend-Pastor's care and i am using his computer to send these message to you. I would like to know more about you. Your likes and dislikes, Please do not be offended for this message that come's from me please, fear which to me obliged to put simple trust on you due to my situation here as a refugee and I shall demand most your conscientiousness after yours to know about me, I shall really grow fond we to have good in spite attitudes therefore I have this as a trust which i believe that you can not betray me at the end. I have communicated you because of my difficult situation here in this refugees camp, Its just like one staying in the prison and i hope by Gods grace i will come out here soon. don't have any relatives now, whom i can go to all my relatives ran away in the middle of the war the only person i have now is Rev-PastorStephen Johnson who is the pastor of the ( Church of the Savior Int. ) here in the camp he has been very nice to me since i came here but i am not living with him rather i am leaving in the woman's hostel because the camp have two hostels one for men the other for women.

    The Pastors Tel number is ( +221 777 896 696 ) I will like you to call me on this number by 14GMT, if you call tell him your name that you want to speak with me he will send for me in the hostel. As a refugee here i don't have any right or privilege to any thing be it money or whatever because it is against the law of this country. I want to go back to my studies because i only attended my first year before the tragic incident that lead to my being in this situation now.

    Please listen to this ( please it's a secret,even no one knows about it, i have my late father's statement of account and death certificate here with me which i will send to you latter, because when he was alive he deposited some amount of money in a leading Foreign bank which he used my name as the next of kin, the amount in question is $4,700,000.00(Four Million Seven Hundred Thousand Us Dollars Only ) so i will like you to help me transfer this money to your account and from it you can send some money for me to get my traveling documents and air ticket to come over to meet with you. I kept this secret to people in the camp here, the only person i will allow to know about it is the Reverend, because he is like a father to me. as soon as you are ready to help me out, So in the light of above i will like you to keep it to yourself and don't tell it to anyone for i am afraid of loosing my life and the money if people gets to know about it.

    Remember i am giving you all this information due to the trust i deposed on you. I like honest and understanding people, truthful and a human of vision, hardworking and GOD fearing people. My favorite language is English but our language is french but i speak English very fluently. Meanwhile, i will like you to call me like i said i have a lot to tell you Attached here is my pictures. and i will also like you to send me your own pictures and also tell me about your self so that i will know who you are. Have a nice day and think about me.waiting to hear from you soonest.
    Yours Miss,

  • On Friday, September 26, 2014, Gomez Grundler wrote:

    tuesday,wednesday,thursday,friday,i received an email from timothy chereh that i have a inheritance claim form from a dead distance relatives name Dr.keith ED.Grundler the amount claim was 6,500,000,000 is it scam cause im knew to this scam thing,thank you.

  • On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, Naanle Stephen wrote:

    I'm really happy in your reply to my mail , how is everything ? I hope you are well.
    Mine is a bit ' difficult here in Dakar Senegal.You are admired .

    My name is Precious Avor from Ivory Coast in West Africa , 5.3ft tall, fair in complexion , (never married before) and presently I am 23 years old, residing in the refugee camp here in Dakar as a result of the civil war that was fought in my country.

    My late father, Dr. Avor Eleh was the CEO of Mavococoa and Associates ( Ltd) and he was the personal adviser to the former head of state (Late Dr Robert Guei ) before the rebels attacked our house one early morning and killed my mother and my father in cold blood. It ' was only me that is alive now and I managed to make my way to a nearby country Senegal where i am leaving now in a refugee camp .

    I would like to know more about you.Your likes and dislikes , your hobbies and what you are doing presently.I will tell you more about myself in my next mail.Attached here are my photos before the civil war broke out. I'd also like to see more of your pictures.I will tell you more in my next post. Hoping to hear from you soon.

    Also I promise to give my love completely and to love you all the days of my life and please honey remember to dream and think of me while you are enjoying this week.
    Thank you.
    Your Love .

  • On Monday, September 15, 2014, Treyn wrote:

    I got one as well
    My good friend,

    It is a great pleasure to receive your respond as regards to my contact to you. My name is Cassandra Lorenzo, I have been admitted here in General Hospital Dakar Senegal for several weeks now because of blood cancer and according to the medical examination, I have few days to live.

    I contacted you from my sick bed as regards to the bank draft cheque worth $750,000 US Dollars (Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand US Dollars) I want to write in your name. the reason I am writing this bank draft in your name is because i want you to help me to receive this bank draft in your country, cash it and give any orphanage home in your country $350,000 US Dollars (Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand US Dollars) and then take the remaining money.

    You have to give me your details below to write this bank draft in your name.


    As soon as I receive your information from you I will write this bank draft and give it to Medical Doctor to post it alone side with some parcel to you through DHL.

    Note: If I did not receive any respond from you, i have no choice other than to look for alternative to give this bank draft to a good person who will take the money to the orphanage home as I stated above. I will be waiting for your urgent respond

    Cassandra Lorenzo
    Phone: +221 772320752
    E-mail: cassandralorenzo@hotmail.com

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