One common type of online scam is a message from someone who needs your help to stand in as the next-of-kin to a deceased millionaire. If you’ll just pretend to be the legal heir of the deceased person, the money that person had locked away in a dormant bank account can be released, and you can have a percentage of it. If you don’t help, the money will just revert to some foreign government, and you don’t want that to happen, do you? In reality, unfortunately, there is no dormant bank account and no deceased millionaire. There’s only a scammer trying to make himself rich at your expense. He may present himself as a bank official, or as a lawyer who finds lost heirs, but he’s actually neither, as you will discover to your regret if you fall for his scheme.
From: “Yan Ming” email@example.com
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2015 11:12:15
Mr. Yan Ming
Good day, my name is Yang Ming I worked as a senior Investigation Officer for Heir Hunters International Probate and Genealogy Research. Our firm has been conducting world-class research for over 30 years, and has dealt with over 7,000 inheritance cases. Since 1991 alone, we have enabled our clients to inherit over ¢G800 million. We assist the legal profession in tracing and locating missing or unknown beneficiaries. The majority of our work arises from intestate estates where the deceased person has died without leaving a will. In these cases we will trace the statutory next of kin of the deceased according to the Laws of Intestacy. Alternatively, we might work on the estate of a person who has died leaving a valid will but the whereabouts of the Executors, Trustees or beneficiaries may be unknown I worked as part of the team that covered the entire Asia region. I have gone to great lengths to find your contact details through great personal endeavours.
My job was to trace relatives of people who left no will before their death. Before my new assignment here in Estonia I discovered that an unclaimed estate worth ¢G25,000.000 (Twenty Five Million Pounds) belonging to a client Deceased Eight years ago. Unfortunately, the whereabouts of my late client Executors are unknown. If his estate is unclaimed it would automatically revert to the government. I do sincerely sympathise his death but I think it is unprofitable for this fund to be submitted to the government of this country or some financial institution. My aim is to retrieve this fund and let it be claimed by the deceased family name. For this I seek your assistance since I have been unable to locate the relatives for almost Five years now.
I have reasoned very professionally and I can use a legal means to present a next of kin of the deceased. This is legally possible and would be done in accordance with the laws of the land. On this note I decided to search for a credible person and finding that you are of the same nationality, I was urged to contact you, that I may, with your consent, present you to the “treasury” as the Late Edgars Martins Prynne family member so as to enable you to put up a claim in the capacity of next of kin to the Late Edgars Martins.
I find this possible for the fuller reasons that you bear the same last name and of same nationality with the deceased making it a lot easier for you to put up a claim in that capacity. We can obtain all vital documents that would confer you the legal right to make this claim. I have all the information and guidance to enable you and I realise this opportunity. I have evaluated the risk analysis and there is none to you, as long as you maintain confidentiality.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this proposal is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any fears as the required arrangements have been made for the completion of this transfer. As you should understand, I am taking a great risk contacting you and making this proposal. Therefore, you should understand why I must say no more about this transaction until I receive an email from you confirming receipt of this mail. Once secured communication has been established between you and me, detailed clarifications will be dealt with, such as what each party stand to benefit and time scale and procedures. Time is not in our favour. Please establish secured communication with me on firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to a mutual beneficial relationship with you.
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