I received an email stating "Late Mr. Robert Alder bequethed US$20,500000.00 USD, to you in his will. more info, contact your attorney (Clifford Chance Esq) via XXXXXXXX@XXXXXX.XXX #+447(NNN) NNN-NNNN0542" I don't know this person. Is this a scam?
just responed and they want me to send them my address and phone # XXXX not yet. I am skeptical(?)
Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. My goal is to answer your question completely and thoroughly and to provide excellent service. Unfortunately, what you describe is an extremely common "advance fee" inheritance scam. The idea is simple. The scammer sends out messages (typically to thousands of people at a time) informing them of unexpected inheritance from an unknown relative. The only catch is that the recipient must pay various advanced fees in order to receive the funds. These fees are described as taxes, attorney fees, bank wire fees, or something else, and their justification will always sound very legitimate and official. But make no mistake, in this scam there is no inheritance and the scammers are simply trying to get you to pay money up front, after which they'll vanish never to be heard from again.It is also worth noting that the phone number you provided orginates from Nigeria, which is where the vast majority of these inheritance scams originate from.See this link from the FBI, which documents many of these inheritance scams and their victims: http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/mass-marketing-fraud-threat-assessmentSee also here: http://www.fraudguides.com/consumer-inheritance-scam.aspSee also: http://www.estatefinance.com/inheritance_scams.phpYou should immediately cease contact with these scammers, and nothing constructive can result from further communication. Since this fraud occurred through use of the internet, an individual in your circumstance can report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (a division of the FBI that specifically handles internet fraud) at the following address: http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspxYou can also submit a claim with the Federal Trade Commission's bureau of consumer protection here: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/ I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX this information helps you and I wish you the best.If you do not have any further concerns, I would be very grateful if you would give my answer a positive rating and click submit, as this is the only way I will receive credit for assisting you. If you have any additional concerns that you would like me to address, please feel free to let me know by hitting the REPLY or CONTINUE CONVERSATION button and I will be more than happy to continue assisting you. Finally, please bear in mind that none of the above constitutes legal advice nor is any attorney client relationship created between us.Thank you and very kindest regards.
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