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Tuesday March 25th, 2014

Posted at 8:00pm

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Police in Chatham-Kent are warning of an attempted fraud scam after a Tilbury man received a letter with detailed instructions on how to claim an inheritance. This type of scam is typically known as the ‘Inheritance Scam’.

Police say that the faurd works when someone receive a wordy letter, or email message, from a stranger or Legal company, seeking your assistance in moving large amounts of money, often millions of dollars, to your bank account. You are promised a very significant percentage for little or no effort on your part, perhaps as high as 40%, for simply providing your bank account details. You may be asked to be a trustee or to stand in as a long-lost heir of a deceased’s fortune. A web site may even be provided so you can confirm the tragic death of some wealthy individual. The fortune may be said to be in cash in a safe deposit box, evidenced by a Certificate of Deposit. You may be provided an overseas phone number and asked to indicate whether or not you are interested so that plans can be made should you decide to participate.

Police say none of this is true. They say that legitimate estates do not solicit trustees or heirs in this manner and do not promise 20% – 40% of a fortune for doing little else than provide banking details, it is too good to be true, and if it is too good to be true, it probably is not true. This inheritance scheme could end here with the takeover of your bank account and depletion of your funds by a number of fraudulent means. A second phase of the scheme could be invoked, in which you are asked to pay an up-front fee in order to collect your so-called inheritance. You do not normally pay money to collect money. This is also known as an advance fee scam.

Police stress that if you suspect that you may have been a target of fraud or need more information to contact www.antifraudcentre.ca.

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