Since the letter’s recipients share the same last name as the deceased, they’re given the opportunity to claim part of the will in exchange for “legal fees”.
Another common version of this scam is where a “Nigerian prince” needs the recipient to advance him some money to help “transfer” funds.
He’s willing to share the windfall with you, provided you help him transfer the money overseas.
The original payment never materialises; it turns out the email from Pay Pal is fake.
How to avoid them: This category is a catch-all that includes goods of dubious value bought online as well as malicious online adverts and computer hacking.
Most of us are wise to the opening ploy of a scam letter.
In this instance, “Andreas” has stumbled upon $15.5m in an account belonging to a deceased customer.
“I write to you in good faith and trust that you will take a moment to consider the contents of this letter.
I am Andreas Peterson, the Chief Auditor of Lloyds Financial Services Ltd, United Kingdom.” Sound familiar?How they work: Scammers use online dating sites to form relationships with people who are looking for love.Once they’ve built up enough trust, the scammers begin asking for money “to pay medical expenses for a sick aunt” or some other ruse.They’d offer to buy under-performing shares for attractive prices, provided the investors were willing to make an upfront payment of a few thousand dollars.The scam was backed up by genuine-looking paperwork and a clone website.In reality, the account in question is fine, and the website is recording your login details for the scammers to use later.