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Fraudulent inheritance scams arrive by e-mail


Last updated 1/17/2008 at Noon

Criminals have added posing as the United States Department of State to their array of frauds.

Fraudulent e-mails are being distributed claiming to have verified an inheritance from another country belonging to the victim. To make these e-mails appear legitimate, they contain information taken from the Department of State’s Web site.

The e-mail contains a lengthy explanation of how the Department of State has verified that there is nothing fraudulent about the inheritance and names numerous international organizations which are involved in monitoring the transaction to prevent fraud.


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