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Thank you for the information, however, I am unclear about some of the facts here. If you provide those additional facts I may be able to help you evaluate the legitimacy of this situation. However, I have to underscore w hat the Site says in several places, we cannot represent the customers of this Site. This is only an information Site. We cannot form an attorney-client relationship with our customers nor represent them. So, if that is what you need, you will need to seek a face to face local counsel. That said, something sounds a little fishy in this scenario and I may be able to clarify what is going on.
Can you tell me did your wife know this "friend' who died and left her money? Is this "Teacher's Retirement System" in the U.S. or France? If U.S., what does France have to do with the situation? What are they telling you that you are paying in advance for and how do they want their money paid to them and where?