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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 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 Saturday, August 29, 2015, Noel P Menion wrote:

    mam/sir kindly forward me the process or the procedure in how to claim the the fund sothat i connot victims the scam, I Noel P. Menion, Prome Philippine, I am the next of kin of my uncle died last june 4, 2007 Gelber Elmer Menion His Address is in 12 Rue de La Gare BP 3071Lome, Republic of Togo, i Have copy of all the information needed, but i did know what i,m going to do ,,, help... My Email Address... menion_noel@yahoo.com / +639467604017

  • On Saturday, August 29, 2015, Noel P Menion wrote:

    mam/sir kindly forward me the process or the procedure in how to claim the the fund sothat i connot victims the scam, I Noel P. Menion, Prome Philippine, I am the next of kin of my uncle died last june 4, 2007 Gelber Elmer Menion His Address is in 12 Rue de La Gare BP 3071Lome, Republic of Togo, i Have copy of all the information needed, but i did know what i,m going to do ,,, help... My Email Address... menion_noel@yahoo.com / +639467604017

  • On Sunday, August 23, 2015, Penny wrote:

    Beware of Herbert Moos from VTB Bank.

    He sends u a message saying one of your family members have passed away and that you are the only one closest to kin and they send the death certificate and u have to pay to activate their account. He said his son was ill and his bank was closing down and needed some money, so we had to send him 1500 to activate the account s UK nce the amount we were getting was so high. We didn't have that much money and we told him we couldn't get it so he said he pawned some very valuable items from his home and paid half of it and so we paid the other 750 plus an extra 56 since it was going to an out of state address.. When he got the money he said the activation fee went up and the lawyer said it would cost even because of the amount we were recieving so we told him we didn't have the money and he said it would take him a couple of months to come up with the money and he would get back to us whenever he had it he also had us send him a picture of the receipt and we did and we didn't hear from him after that.

  • On Friday, August 21, 2015, jEFFREY pEDRIN wrote:

    THIS LADY IS VERY SICK AND WANTS TO LEAVE ME 3.5 MILLION TO USE TOWARDS A CHARITY FOR KIDS THE MONEY IS TO COME FROM SONALI BANK CAN YOU HELP

  • On Saturday, August 15, 2015, Kim wrote:

    got the one the other day from:
    Regards.
    Neil Addison

    New Bailey Chambers
    4th Floor
    The Corn Exchange
    Fenwick Street
    Liverpool
    L2 7QS.
    +442032399627
    +447031970096
    Please read carefully as I am going to explain in details why I mailed you. My late client Craig died in an auto-mobile crash on the 15th of March 2013. He was a formal Sub-Comptroller working with Chevron Texaco Oil here in the United Kingdom He was an oil merchant and he had oil dealings around Europe and Africa, (he was 60 years at the time of his death), He was transferred from Belgium in the year 1988, and He have lived most of his years here in London, but travelled often. Craig was never married and had no kids. He migrated into The UK a long time ago as an orphan. I have served as his private attorney for the last eleven years preceding his death. I was recently contacted by the Bank as his attorney to provide his Next of kin who should inherit his fortune; this according to them is their policy in sure circumstances. I have written several letters to the embassy with the intent to locate any of his extended relatives whom shall be claimants/beneficiaries of his deposited funds and his abandoned personal estate and all such efforts have been to no avail.

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