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Hi.Jo C is correct. It is a scam. No fees or "taxes" of the sort mentioned in the other question are due before access to the funds is allowed.I hope this helps but let me know if have any further questions.
So the truth is that anyone who inherits money held in a bank account can simply go to the bank and claim the money and then pay the tax due later? Neither the Inland Revenue nor the bank will not prevent her from doing this?
Thank you. My friend is a former foster child. She says her foster mother has known about this account, deposited in Barclays in 1993, for some years. My friend is planning on leaving the country so her foster mother revealed its existence to her, probably hoping to get some of the money herself, which she has not been able to do prior to this. Her father died alone in Sweden a few years ago and the deposited funds were not part of his formal estate because no one there knew of them, or so I am told.
I suppose it's all a scam but I am disappointed that my friend would do this sort of thing to me. Apparently I should be more careful in choosing my friends.
I'm afraid my friend is part of the scam. She sent me a receipt for 4300GBP dated 27-09-2013 on an official-looking UK Revenue Services Revenue Collectors Receipt, all stamped and signed. She also sent me a very official-seeming Barclays Bank Certificate of Deposit showing a large sum deposited in 1993, ostensibly by her now-dead father. She says that when she went to the bank to claim the money, she was told a tax of 8500GBP would have to be paid before she could claim it. If there is no such tax due prior to her claiming the funds, she is obviously lying to me.
I find this whole thing to be very sad. Thanks for your help.
One more thing, please. My friend says that the tax must be paid in person rather than by bank transfer or check, etc., which means I would have to send her the money so she could pay it in person herself. More scam? Does such a tax have to be paid in person?
Thanks. I agree.