It’s quite rare for someone to have a distant relative they never heard of leave them a large sum of money. The inheritance scam usually begins with an email or letter sent through the mail.

Scam trivia: Inheritance Notices of the oldest scam
Scam trivia: Inheritance Notices of the oldest scam

The document usually informs the person that they are going to receive a large inheritance; however, they must first send a sum of money to cover the administrative fees.

The person getting scammed sees the fee as a modest amount compared to the large sum of money they are going to receive. Over the years, thousands of people have been scammed by these fake inheritance notices. 

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