We were right, it's a scam.
I sent the following to the London lawyers:
I answer legal questions at justanswer.com. Someone asked me about the following email they received. I told them I think it is a scam and they asked me to notify you, since your name is XXXXX XXXXX
You can read their questions and my answers at http://estate-law.justanswer.com/questions/1c374-contacted-lawyer-saying
This is what they received:
The Chambers of Richard Gilbert QC & Associates
2 Bedford Row
Attorney at Law
Faegre & Benson LLP, UK.
We want to acknowledge the receipt of your email in this chambers and also want you to know that you have absolute right to reject this WILL as much as you have the right to accept it as well. If you wish to turn it down then let me know so I can send you a WILL rejection form to fill and revert back to this office. I am not going to impose it on you but just doing my job here.
I can imagine that the Late Engr Jurgen Krugger must have known that you wil l put the money to good use for the less privileged of which he was aware that you can achieve, that is why he selected you. Also, understand that I don't know you neither have I met you before, but my contacting you is based on the recommendation of late Late Engr Jurgen Krugger.
Be further informed that these funds will not be released to you without some proper identification. I have never met you before like I said and to be able to carry out our duties effectively as sole executors of the WILL of Late Engr Jurgen Krugger We must be convinced that you are who the testament says you are. And please re-confirm to us through the above stated fax or via email; your full contact details to include your full name and address telephone and fax number(if any) and if you have moved to a new address then indicate both the new and old one for my verification with what I have in my file. Any difference or discrepancies in the information provided by you will mean that I am contacting the wrong person and I will stop all communication with you out rightly.
Your information would be taken to the probate division of the International Court of Justice for verification. After the confirmation, the probate division would now release your letter of administration for claims to this bequest/funds. This document as well as the Certificate of Deposit issued by the Deposit Bank to Late Engr Jurgen Krugger when the funds were deposited by him will then be released to you, this will give you the legal backing to receiving these funds.
We sincerely XXXXX XXXXX the above requirement be sent to us sooner that later for us to proceed with the documentation. And note that we cannot send any document to you until we are fully convinced that we have the true beneficiary. And note that we have a period of (14) working days to conclude this so I can move on to the next beneficiary on the WILL of my late client.
NOTE: THIS CHAMBERS DO NOT AND WILL NOT DEMAND ANY MONEY FROM YOU FOR THE SERVICES THAT WILL BE RENDERED TO BY THIS CHAMBERS. WE HAVE BEEN FULLY PAID BY LATE ENGR. JURGEN KRUGGER TO ASSIST AND DIRECT YOU IN CLAIMING YOUR INHERITANCE. ALL WE NEED IS FOR YOU TO COMPLY WITH OUR INSTRUCTIONS AND DIRECTIVES TO MAKE SURE YOUR FUNDS IS TRANSFERRED TO YOU.
I await your prompt response.
Yours in Service,
Barr. Richard GIlbert QC.
Attorney at Law
Faegre & Benson LLP, UK
The lawyers in London just sent me this email:
Dear Mr. Stewart
Thank you for your message. As you have correctly identified, the e-mail you have forwarded to us has not come from this firm, nor been authorised by it. We are taking all possible steps to stop this happening. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.
Faegre & Benson LLP
Faegre & Benson LLP
London EC4V 6LB
Tel. +44 20 7450 4500
Fax +44 20 7450 4545
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