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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 Monday, July 27, 2015, amran wrote:

    I just got contacted again by these scammers here is the latest email

    I am Barrister ZULMI BIN SABRI, a legal practitioner with ZUL JAAFAR IBRAHIM & CO Perlis Malaysia. I saw your contact and profile and decided that you could cooperate with me in this proposition.
    I have a client, who died as a result of heart-related condition on the 20th November, 2010. His heart condition was due to the death of all the members of his family in the Air Flight Crash.

    I contacted you to assist in getting the funds left behind by my client before it is confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this deposit valued at 10.5 million United States Dollars. The bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin, or the account will be confiscated.

    My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as the next-of-kin and beneficiary of my late client, since both of you have the same last name, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you thereafter we can share the amount on a mutually agreed-upon percentage of 60% to me and 40% to your kind self. All legal documents to back up your claim as my late client's next-of-kin will be provided. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through.

    This will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. I must use this opportunity to implore you to exercise the utmost indulgence to keep this matter extraordinary confidential, whatever is your decision, while I await your prompt response. I will like you to acknowledge the receipt of this e-mail;( zulmibinsabri65@gmail.com ) as soon as possible to indicate your interest.

    Best Regards,
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  • On Monday, July 27, 2015, Gemma Belgrave wrote:

    Hello my name is Gemmaa
    I have been contacted recently by a think is a scam. He has provided me with his passport documents and his legalCertificate and i asked for his firms name which he has provided. I really do not know what to do about this need help!!

    Thank you

  • On Thursday, July 23, 2015, jacilla wrote:

    hello i need you to help me i think i am being scammed from from the same as you have shown above this recipient his name is Faissal essoazina
    his email is faissalessoazina@gmail.com

  • On Friday, July 10, 2015, Juliet wrote:

    The following message was from Sally-Ann Parker also know as Elander.

    Dear Mrs. Juliet,

    I write to you on behalf of my clients (Butterfield Private Bank) who are conducting a wide scale investigation in relation to matters involving a client who shares the same name as yours (Late Robert [surname]) and also the circumstances surrounding investments he made with my principal.

    The Late Robert died intestate and nominated no next of kin to inherit the title over the investments made with my client and I have been contracted to locate possible family members of the Deceased and people with close ties using all available means at my disposal. The essence of this communication with you is to request you provide us information on three issues:

    1. Are you aware of any relative/relation who shares your same name whose last known contact address was in Brussels ?

    2. Are you aware of any investment of considerable value made by such a person at the Private Banking Division of Butterfield Bank?
    3.Can you establish beyond reasonable doubt your eligibility to assume status of next of kin to the deceased? It is pertinent that you inform us ASAP whether or not you are familiar With this individual that we may put an end to this communication with you and our inquiries surrounding this person.

    You must appreciate that we are constrained from providing you with more detailed information at this point. Please respond to this mail using my below personal email address as soon as possible to afford us the opportunity to close this investigation.

    Thank you for accommodating our enquiry.
    Sally-Ann Parker.

  • On Friday, July 03, 2015, Jeff mark jones wrote:

    Had been a victim and lost nearly $64,000.00 until I contacted the Embassy and they redirected me to contact the Ghana Crime Unit(info.ghanapolice@consultant.com) and my case revived a four me condition.
    Beware of scam.

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