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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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There are 50 comments

  • On Thursday, December 18, 2014, Unathi wrote:

    I just received an email from Malik Sawar. It definitely is a scam.

  • On Sunday, December 14, 2014, tiffany wrote:

    My late client left inheritance of $4 Million Dollars for you, send your
    email, full name, address to Dinosmith12@outlook.com for claim

    Smells like fishery.... I'll pass lmao #notgonegetmeSucker

  • On Tuesday, December 09, 2014, Babalwa wrote:

    Good day i also got the same e mail.On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, uli wrote:
    MALIK IMTIAZ SARWAR
    No.1A, Wilayah Persekutuan,
    Taman Bukit Pasir,
    93000 Kuala Lumpur,
    Malaysia.

    My name is Mr Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, a legal practitioner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I saw your contact and profile and decided that you could cooperate with me in this proposition. I have a client, who was deceased in November, 2009, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am contacting you because you have the same surname as my deceased client and i felt that you could help me in the distribution of funding that were left in my deceased client's bank account. This funding is closed to be declared un-serviceable by the bank as there were no indicated next of kin or next of beneficiary of the funding in the bank account.

    The total amount of cash in the bank account of my deceased client is US$ 11.3 Million ( Say, Eleven Million, three Hundred Thousand United States dollars Only ), The bank had issued to me a notification to contact the next of kin of my deceased client for either to re-activate the bank account or to make claim of beneficiary, of the funding in the bank account, with a month surcharge of 6% to be deducted as an Escrow safe keeping fee of the bank account, so as to avoid the indefinite closure of the bank account. My proposition to you is to seek your consent, and to present your kind self as the next-of-kin and beneficiary of my deceased client, since you have the same last name with him.

    This means that the proceeds of his bank account would be paid to you as his next of kin or the legitimate beneficiary. When the proceeds in his bank account are paid to you, we would share the proceeds on a mutually agreed-upon percentage of 60% to me and 40% to your kind self. All the legal documents to back up your claim as my client's next-of-kin would be provided by me. The most important thing I would need is your honest cooperation in this proposition. This would be done under a legitimate arrangement that would protect you from any breach of the law. If this business proposition offends your moral and ethical values, feel free to back out. Please contact me at once if you are interested reply through my personal email (maliksarwar@blumail.org)

    Regards,
    Barr. Malik Imtiaz Sarwar. M.ESQ,
    Senior Advocate/Solicitor.

  • On Tuesday, December 09, 2014, Babalwa wrote:

    Good day i also got the same e mail.

  • On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, yuko johnson wrote:

    I dont know if this is a scam.. she seems to tell her life story or even like me as her child.. and a gift of god to her.

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