September 19, 2021

Reghan Winkler: To dodge scammers, remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

Easy money.

We all dream of an unexpected windfall happening to us. Aside from winning the lottery, having a long-lost relative leave you millions of dollars is probably at the top of the ways the dream might come true.

Now imagine the good fortune of receiving a letter or email from a legitimate law firm informing you that you are indeed the legal beneficiary of an estate of someone with the same last name as yours. The funds have been deposited in a well-known American bank, awaiting your initiation of the claims process. Often enclosed or attached are a number of legal documents, such as power of attorney, for you to sign. You are also informed that, because of government regulations, taxes or bank restrictions, the process could be difficult.

Because of its complexity, you will be required to pay an administrative fee to navigate the process. You’re also asked to provide…

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