Inheritance Letter Sample

Inheritance Letter Sample: How The Scam Works

How do the inheritance scams work? Very simple and effective for the scammers, like in the Marvin Roger Law scam. Let’s look at an inheritance letter sample and format.

You receive a message – usually by email – 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. The death’s reason could be any, from aviation accident to coronavirus spread.

inheritance letter sample

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 story has a very moving scenario, which is the reason why the inheritance scams still work.


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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 the 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:

Learn how an inheritance letter sample looks like. 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.


Inheritance Scams: How To Report a Scammer

Make your family and friends aware of inheritance scams by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers or any type of inheritance letter sample to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To The FTC Here

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attorney for deceased mother estate wants money upfront mispelled all info and his name comes up under different professions just being cautious please help been scamed twice before thia lost money as well. please check a Mr Gregory M. Lane LLC from Harrisburg hes demanding over 500 u front before any work starts been scammed just rcently and very gun shy thank you from the bottom of my heart.


I received this email from an attorney in Germany. I assume this is a scam.
I am Daniel Peter, an attorney-at-law and the adviser to the deceased Mr.John Herndon who died in a car crash along with his immediate family on the 08/01/2012. He left behind the total amount of 12.1Million Francs with a bank here in Switzerland to be bestowed on you since his extended family is unknown. Kindly send to me your telephone numbers for more prolific talks. Thanks


Here is what i received: In 2007, one Mr. Rafi Taylor, whose surname is the same as yours and has your country in his file as his place of origin, made a fixed deposit for 36 months, valued at $27,400,000.00 with my bank. I was his account officer before I rose to the position of Managing Director. The maturity date for this deposit contract was 27th of September 2010. Sadly Mr. Rafi Taylor, among the death victims in the September 2009 earthquake in Indonesia that left over 1,200 people dead while he was there on a business trip. A view… Read more »

Rob Johnson

I have just spent the last month playing the game of "Hong Kong Inheritance Scam"
It started with a snail mail then was followed by about 50 emails before they eventually got round to requesting money. USD 15,600 for advance payment of fees. It took about 4 weeks.
If you are interested in reading the full story then I have uploaded all the emails and attachments to a page on my own website. Kong Scam

Rob Johnson


Rob, the link is not working. Shall it be all together?

Alicia Smith

Thank you so much for posting this information. My mother was about to lose her money on this scam and posting all the information was helpful. Especially the picture. As it turns out, my mother was sent the same exact picture which helped her to realize beyone a shadow of a doubt this is in fact a scam!!! I appreciate all your help in investigating this for my mother and not giving this thief funds he clearly does not deserve!

All our best to you and your future legitimate business transactions.

Alicia Smith and her mother.

Karol Doveston

This scam is still alive and kicking. Just received a letter from Hoi Wei Lin. Tells me my deceased relatives estate is worth 10.5 mill us dollars. Shame they couldn’t get the names right. Starts off with jan Doveston then goes onto Albert. None of these names are in my family anyway so immediate alarm bells. . Usual nonsense about we will share the money 50 50. Keep it confidential and communicate by phone email or telephone. The number is a hong kong number. Shocking that these people write to people (albeit in dreadful English) and many would be taken… Read more »


Inheritence spam letter from Hong Kong – Heng Seng Bank Ltd – Joseph Wong (
(have pictures & bank ID card if required, contact me)

Inheritence spam letter from Ghana – Dr David Appia (


Almost got scammed. Received this email today after replying to a question if I have this reletave. appreciate your reply , I choose to contact you for this very important issue and I believe you can be of help to me, well I believe with your permission I can present you as his relative. Am Mark L. Fishes by name, originally from Ireland and living here in Malaysia a lawyer by profession, personal attorney to Mr. Michael, an expatriate who is a resident here in Malaysia. On the 2nd of January, 2006 I received a call that my client died… Read more »


Carol Will uses willcarol50 or carolwill50 says she needs $5000 to pay lawyer to get the estate of her suppose to be late father. I think it is a scam but talks on Facebook chat and Yahoo messenger.

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