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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, April 30, 2015, arab bohara wrote:

    i have got such email scam
    Hello My dear,

    How is you health and work, hope all is in Good Condition as i am not much feeling alright..I am just here on my sick bed waiting for my time to come.. i must let you know that i have given the all faith to almighty God.Its almost more than five months now that i have been dreaming over the God sent soul that will help me and now i am very sure you are the God sent to me in helping me accomplish this great mission,as i have said before i have just limited time to spent on this earth this is the reason why i have chosen you top help me claim this fund of the bank and use it for the said purpose.

    I want you to know that i have limited time to leave on this planet and i don't want to see my fund lying down there and shared among the top officials or mapped out for the development of the country,this is the reason why i have chosen you ,i have tried  my  best to make Richard my Husband younger brother do this for me but all hope seems to be lost Richards is just after the money.As i have to let you know that i cant make any calls here all just because of my health,cause if i do my doctor will be angry with me..please my dear i will like you to please tell me more about yourself and your family and also please send me some pics of you.my dear,i have done all possible best to make Richards my Husband younger brother do this for me but all hope seems to be lost Richards is just after my life.

    Please let me know your faith towards this so we can proceed and let me know if i can trust you Okay ?..Please tell me more about yourself and also send me some of your pics as soon as possible Now ..Thanks a lot for your responds...so i will want you to know that am going to send you a letter which you are going to send to the bank to apply for the release of my fund to your domited account in your country.....hope to hear from you soon..MAY THE LORD BE WITH YOU


  • On Sunday, April 26, 2015, Selena wrote:

    Received an actual letter from a scammer calling himself Bruno Schulz, who apparently has a law office in Germany.

  • On Saturday, April 25, 2015, Ramakrishna d k wrote:

    Somebody has messeges me from barkino faso country regarding 5.5 millian dollers so I believed I send messege all processing finished first they told me they taken my Idbi details here their bank adb bank now they telling am telling cash hand to hand u pay 3000 euros they sending these r possible or not tel me please

  • On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Jerry wrote:

    i received this scam email from this clown:

    "Please can you help me receive Twelve Million, five hundred thousand Dollars from a bank?

    Yours in service,
    Barrister George Whitlock
    Email: w.g@counsellor.com

  • On Friday, April 17, 2015, vij wrote:

    Hello Friend

    I am Mr Paul Tan Wong a staff of Lloyds TSB Group Plc. here in Hong Kong attached in Private Banking Services, I contacted you as regards to a business proposal that will be of an immense benefit to both of us and the less privileged ones.

    All confirmable documents to back up the claims will be made available to you prior to your acceptance and as soon as I receive your return mail Via my email address, I will let you know what is required of you.

    You do not know my Client Late Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi in person do you? I was his companion for years he did business with my bank here in Hong Kong, He has various accounts used to launder billions of dollars all over the world as he is a very influential man, No one is getting in trouble and if you do not want to be part of this you are free to pull out now but i assure you this opportunity is worth taking.

    What I wish to relate to you might be a smack of unethical practice but I want you to understand something; it is only an outsider to the banking world who finds the internal politics of the banking world aberrational. The world of private banking especially is fraught with huge rewards for those who occupy certain offices and oversee certain portfolios; you should have begun by now to put together the general direction of what I propose. There is USD$85 Million (Eighty Five Million united states dollars) deposited, I alone have the deposit details and they will release the deposit to no one unless I instruct them to do so. I alone know of the existence of this deposit for as far as my finance firm is concerned, the transaction with our deceased customer concluded when I sent the funds to the firm in Malaysia, all outstanding interactions in relation to the file are just customer services and due process. The finance firm has no single idea of what's the history or nature of the deposit, they are simply awaiting instructions to release the deposit to any party that comes forward, and this is the situation. This bank has spent great amounts of money trying to track the family of the deceased; they have investigated for months and have found no family but however the investigation has officially come to an end.

    My proposal; I am prepared to place you in a position whereby an instruction is given to the finance firm to officially release the deposit to you as the closest surviving relation/associate, and all etiquette shall be done in accordance with the rule of law, I certainly can guarantee you that. By the common law, the power of bequeathing is coeval with the first rudiments of the law, and this power has been extended to all a man's Personal and Real estate (Personality & Realty). There is no ruling which prevents an inheritance from being so exhausted by legacies as to render it unworthy of the heir's acceptance; basically all persons of sound mind are competent to bequeath and devise real and personal estate, excepting infants, with all this I would say we have the clear advantage to carry out a smooth and perfect operation whereby the paper work shall be coordinated in such a way that your status as a sole beneficiary is confirmed. Upon receipt of the deposit, I am prepared to share the money with you in half and no more; that is: I will simply nominate you as the next of kin and have them release the deposit to you; afterwards we share the proceeds 50/50.

    You may not know this but people like me who have made tidy sums out of comparable situations run the whole private banking sector, I am not a criminal and what I do, I do not find against good conscience, this may be hard for you to understand, but the dynamics of my industry dictates that I make this move. Such opportunities only come ones' way once in a lifetime. I cannot let this chance pass me by and I hope you understand, because for once I found myself in total control and face to face with my destiny. These chances won't pass me by, I ask that you do not destroy my chance, if you will not work with me please let me know, and hence move on with my life, but do not destroy me; I am a family Man and this is an occasion to provide them with new opportunities. There is a reward for this project and it is a task well worth undertaking, I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here is from you refusing to work with me and alerting my bank; I am the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune will bless you and plant you into the center of relevance in my life, let’s share the blessing.

    Please, again, note I am a family Man; I am happily married with kids, I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences might be, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold, this is the one truth I have learned from my private banking clients; do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord I shall have the pleasure of meeting you, after this task has been completed plan a meeting.

    In a nut shell without playing around with words, What i want from you is that i present you as the Next of Kin and sole beneficiary to the $85 Million at the finance house where the funds are presently deposited.

    I await your response.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Mr Paul Tan Wong

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