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Infamous Person’s Fortune

How the scam works:

Every so often we hear about the killing or the arrest of an infamous person - from Osama Bin Laden and Gaddafi to Bernard Madoff.

Scammers use this to their advantage and pose as former partners of the infamous character (someone from the Madoff’s Board of Directors) or soldiers who found and confiscated Osama’s fortune after they killed him (and need help hiding the money or cashing it out safe).

Either way, they claim the money was sent to a security box outside the country and – just like in the Inheritance/Next-of-Kin scam – you are promised a good percentage of it if you help out. You are connected to an attorney who has all the details. Thinking that in the end they’ll get hundreds of thousands of dollars, victims don’t mind paying a few in lawyer fees.

How to avoid:

Delete the message. These “lucky” guys have their own friends and families, why would they contact you?

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