Inheritance from a distant relative

Updated: 8/25/2014

The fraudsters will contact you over the phone, via e-mail or via letter saying that you are the only living inheritor to a distant and unknown diseased relative in, for example, Spain. 

Image of a will and a pen

These fraudsters often contact people with unusual surnames to increase credibility. They then offer you to pay an administration fee in order to receive your inheritance.

Advice regarding fraudulent inheritance letters

  • Be careful. If a phone call seems uncomfortable – hang up. Do not answer an offer like this if it shows up in your inbox or mail.
  • Do not send any money, even if you are guaranteed to receive a whole lot more money in return.
  • Do not give out your personal financial information, i.e. your bank account details.