Police said a North Bay resident received a letter describing the recent death of a fictitious, wealthy foreigner who shares the recipient’s last name. The letter’s goal is to lure the recipient into providing personal information in order to cash in on the attractive inheritance.
Fraud to steal the victim’s identity or money
“Essentially it’s where the victim receives notification that one of their long-lost relatives in a far away land has passed away with no relatives and no apparent heirs,” said Greg Dunn last year, BBB Hawaii CEO. The ultimate goal of the letter is to allow the fraudster to steal the victim’s identity or money. Sometimes the victims needs to contact the bank and transfer some funds to release millions of dollars in inheritance money. BBB warns that if you’re ever asked to pay money to get money, that’s a big red flag.
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