“Heir Hunters” is a real TV show in Great Britain. Because it’s a popular show, scammers like to use the show’s name to try to con people out of their money. This message, which claims to come from the Heir Hunters program, in fact comes from a scammer. If you take the bait and reply, you’ll discover that you have to pay “transfer fees” or “bank charges” before your supposed fortune can be released to you:
From: “Gregory” firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Second Notice$. ::
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015
Kindly Accept & Acknowledge my Proposal!
I understand that through Internet is not the best way to link up with you to inform you about this notification but because of the confidentiality which my proposal demands. However, I have already sent you this same letter one month ago, but I am not sure if it did get to you since I have not heard from you, hence i am constrain to reach you through the Internet which has been abused over the years. I wish to notify you again that your name was mentioned as heir to the sum of 5,600,000.00 sterling pounds. In the last testament of our deceased client name now withed. I and my team of the Heir Hunters Company in the United Kingdom are detectives assisting distant relatives of people who have died with or without making any official will.
As the heir hunter’s team of detective, the race is now on for us to track down the often distant relatives in line for a windfall. We came across your profile and email while searching through genealogy database. Note as the heir hunters our aim is to assist people claim there lost relative fortune instead of the government or Bank MDS to use the money to in reach their treasury. Please send an acknowledgment email to enable us process your inheritance with all due verification process.
I look forward to hearing from you.
If you make the bigger mistake of paying these supposed fees, the scammer will then disappear with your money, never to be heard from again. It’s just a new version of the old advance fee fraud that’s been around for many years. (Read more about advance fee frauds.)
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