The Last Will & Testament Scam

Have you ever received an email or a letter out of the blue from a legal firm, saying that you are the sole beneficiary to the estate of someone recently deceased that you have never heard of?

No?

Well, if you do now, you’ll understand why you should be very cautious about it.

The correspondence will tell you that this mysterious person died recently, be it in an accident or whatever.

They’ll gladly send you a copy of the will to prove the point and even direct you to their website so you can verify both are legitimate.

Identity Theft

Of course, they are not.

Far from it.

What the scammer is trying to do is get you to reply, at which time their process of releasing the proceeds of the will to you will involve lots of checks on your identity and banking details (so that they can steal them, empty your account and steal your identity).

If you visit one of their websites it will be a clever copy, made to look like a real legal site.

Even answering their post or email is ill advised – you will just be confirming your postal or email address which will then leave you open to more spam and phishing correspondence in the future.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. Hi,
    I just got this email, which has a suspicious content and email address (29br@uk2.net). It’s a scam, right? (for one thing, I don’t even live or have relatives in the UK…):

    We are authorized by the court to process an inheritance which your name has
    been listed in a deceased client’s Last Will and Testaments. We shall require
    you to provide your necessary information to allow you be registered for this claim.

    Details on the process will be sent to you on your prompt response.

    Thank you.

    Craig Sephton QC
    Deans Court Chambers
    24 St. John Street
    Manchester M3 4DF
    DX: 718155 Manchester 3

    _____________________________________________________________________________________
    This message may contain any discussion of legal matters, hence should
    be taken as an authoritative interpretation of the law.

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