"We wish to notify you again that your name was mentioned as heir to the sum of 750,000.00 sterling pounds. In the last testament of our deceased client name now withed. I and my Heir Hunters Debt Recovery Unit team of the detectives, we are assisting distant relatives of people who have died with or without making any official will.
"As the heir hunter's team of detective, the race is now on for us to track down the often distant relatives in line for a windfall. We came across your profile and email while searching through genealogy database. Note as the heir hunters our aim is to assist people claim their lost relative fortune instead of the government or Bank MDS to use the money to in enrich their treasury. Please send an acknowledgment email to enable us process your inheritance with all due verification process.
"I look forward to hearing from you.
God loves a trier, but I know my luck! Don't be taken in.
There are many genuine heir hunting firms out there, benefiting a range of people who would never have known of any entitlement to an inheritance without them. There are also many fraudsters. One of the most prominent legitimate firms is Fraser and Fraser. I have no connection to them at all, nor am I looking for one (heir hunting is not something I have an interest in), but the following video produced by the firm, entitled How to Spot a Scam, is well worth sharing:
The video is also on YouTube at https://youtu.be/lpfQ1C126IE
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