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Scams Claiming You're an Heir or Beneficiary

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Summarize the Sweepstakes Scam

I don't remember any of the names of the scammers who write to me on a daily basis, informing me that I am the sole beneficiary of somebody in the United Kingdom, England, or somewhere in Africa. Now, I'm pretty sure I don't have any relatives in that part of the world. A lot of the letters look like they've come from a lawyer's office.

More Details about the Sweepstakes Scam

This scam goes right to my email, and most of it goes into my spam mail, thankfully. Usually, the email starts off by stating their name and what their job position is. Then they go on to tell you that a long, lost relative decided to put my name down, as his only heir and beneficiary in his last Will and testament! What a crock! After the intro, the email then asks you a series of personal questions, but so far, I've never had any scammer ask for my social, but it doesn't matter anyway, I wouldn't have given it to them..

Tips and Tricks

  • The one thing that usually raises the red flags in an unknown email, and possibly a sweepstakes scam, is that the email originated in another country. I can tell b/c at the end of the sender's email address is usually UK, or another country.

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