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Inheritance Next-of-Kin

 

Inheritance Scam: How It 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.

 

Watch How The Inheritance Scam Works: 

Watch the video below to see a new twist in the Inheritance Scam, exposed:

Inheritance Scam in the News Video

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.

 

How To Avoid The Inheritance Scam:

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.

 

How To Report The Inheritance Scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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