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I have an inheritance but it has been put on hold until the…

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I have an inheritance...

I have an inheritance but it has been put on hold until the taxes are paid

Lawyer's Assistant: Estate laws vary by state. What state are you in?

Virginia

Lawyer's Assistant: What documents or supporting evidence do you have?

But the money was transfer from South Africa

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

What can I do to get the money released so I can pay the taxes

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Lawyer: Loren, Attorney replied 8 months ago
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Lawyer: Loren, Attorney replied 8 months ago

Could you tell me a bit more about the inheritance?

Are you being asked to pay taxes to release your bequest?

How were you contacted? Who contacted you?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
It was from a relative that was killed in an car accident. I was contacted by the bank in South Africa.
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
The money has been transfers by it was put on hold until the taxes are paid.
Lawyer: Loren, Attorney replied 8 months ago

Did you know this relative? Do you have independent verification that this relative was killed and left you money?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I have the death certificate on file
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I need to know is there a way to get the money released so I can pay the taxes?
Lawyer: Loren, Attorney replied 8 months ago

I am trying to determine if you are being targeted by an overseas scammer.

Did you actually know this relative or were you contacted out of the blue and told you were the only surviving relative for a person you had never met or heard of until that time?

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Lawyer: Loren, Attorney replied 8 months ago

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