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How the scam works:

(with video below) You receive a message (usually by e-mail, but sometimes via regular mail or social media 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 building 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'll 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. Of course, it never happens.

Watch the video below to see a new twist in the Inheritance Scam, exposed 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 Thursday, June 25, 2015, elz tripplington wrote:

    i got an email today that simply said only this , must say nothing like other examples of scam letters im seeing over the internet, really straightforwards and to the point.
    "Dear (my name removed),

    I am contacting you to assist retrieve late (their name removed) deposit of US$6.5 Million left in the bank before its get confiscated by the bank."

    and that is it. yup. thats what the email said. plain and simple. besides the fact i removed the names just in case this is real and someone on here tries to claim my shit haha.

  • On Thursday, June 25, 2015, shawnna wrote:

    I wasn't through Facebook or any social media, I was contacted through emaul, looking for someone with my last name to claim "craig mendoza " estate, couldn't answer how he got my email and sent me letters to sign. Obviously he took a real lawyers identify in england to pursue this matter.i will b contacting everyone.....

  • On Monday, June 22, 2015, elfiema@yahoo.com wrote:

    Here is one I received 3 days ago on facebook. My Dear Friend ,I am very sure you can make a lot of difference by replying
    > to my mail , become good friends in our Lord Jesus Christ and see that with
    > greater power comes greater responsibility . You can make a lot of changes
    > in the life of others with this great offer from the Lord through me to you
    > , most especially the poor hearted , and the less privileged.
    > Firstly , I think i would start all with a proper introduction of myself. I
    > am Mrs. Serah Williams, A widow to Late Williams. I am 57 years old ,
    > suffering from long time cancer of the breast . From all indications , my
    > condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not live
    > more than two months according to my doctor , because the stage at which my
    > cancer is (Level 3) , it is so critical and also to a very severe stage.
    > My personal physician told me that I may not live for more than 2 months
    > and I am so scared about it. My late husband and i both grew up in a
    > motherless home in Switzerland we got married and we travel to the United
    > Kingdom for our wedding and we decided to stay back there simply because it
    > is a lovely place to stay and we were given a permanent stay after so many
    > years of stay and also we have no child of our own due to one problem or
    > the other, Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside. my matrimonial home which the Bible is against even though i wish i had. It
    > is late now you know, and age is no longer on my side.but still believe the
    > lord will send me someone that will make me smile which is you because the
    > bible says in the book of
    > Psalms 119:116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live, and let
    > me not ashamed of my hope.
    > Psalms 138: 7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou will revive
    > me......
    > Psalms 145:18Psalms 57: 7 My heart is fixed. O God my heart is fixed, I
    > will sing & give praise
    > Psalms51: 17 The sacrifices of God are broken spirit, a broken & contrite
    > heart, O God thou will not despise.
    > psalms 41: 1 Blessed is he that considerate the poor, the Lord will deliver
    > him in time of trouble. Two of my favorite verses: Philippians 2:27: For
    > indeed he was sick nigh unto death, but God had mercy on him & that on him
    > only, but on me also,lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.( I always say
    > this in my mind)
    > So, I now decide to give all of my wealth, by contributing to the
    > development of the motherless baby homes,less privileges, needy, poor,
    > charity homes,widows and Cancer patient too in your country and i just want
    > you to forget about the distance between me and you. I am willing to donate
    > the sum of $5.000,000.00, us dollars which is still the major inheritance i
    > have left. I wish you could be someone who i could trust with all my
    > heart,to make this wish of mine come true despite my prayers over you
    > before i get to contact you.
    > I really need you to use the funds to help the poor which is very essential
    > and also the widow and cancer patient as me. I know this is hard, but you
    > should keep this saying in your heart , I am like Moses in the Bible . He
    > came to the Red Sea and Pharaoh behind him and no way to turn but God
    > delivered him all by a miraculous deliverance . It will be a miracle from
    > God to be able to help all the dear people God has laid on our hearts, as
    > you have been laid on my heart to do is will.This is why with God in my
    > heart i contact you and i want you to contact me so we be in contact with
    > all the poor souls out there.
    > Give new lives , hopes and days . I have come to find out that wealth
    > acquisition without Christ is vanity and i hope you will agree with this
    > also. I will be praying hard that Satan will not stop this effort. Do
    > contact me and i will tell you more of what you wish to know . Note that
    > the Lord have a great reason for me contacting you and i will be very
    > grateful if you will heed to the call of the Lord by replying me back.
    > Yours in Christ,
    > Serah Williams
    >Their email williams.1543@gmail.com

  • On Saturday, June 20, 2015, fatima may G. De la Cruz wrote:

    Hi, im fatima frm d Philippines, i received such message like this, i was so shocked as i was nervous too received such message...next to kin thing...he said his name is Barrister George Jojo frm Lome-Togo, a solicitor at Law..making proposal to me since his client died of a motor accident leaving a huge amount of Euro 9.3million..And hes asking for my consent since same we hve same surname of client Late Albert D'cruz...he gve his email.address barr.georgejojo1@gmail.com...hope by this way, will help others to be alert and vigilant against this scam! Thank you.

  • On Friday, June 19, 2015, du wrote:

    Check this out watch I think I got one too

    Subject: Guiboche .........Message of happiness for you!
    Date: June-19-15 5:23:14 AM
    Dear Guiboche,
    I am known as: Mr. Benson Henry, I am representing Mr.Roman.B. Guiboche (late). He deposit USD$9.6M in a financial Institution here before his death. Get back for more details.
    Benson Henry.

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