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.
Read more at The North Bay Nugget.
This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.