Even I get junk mail from scammers. This time it was a little different.
A letter was mailed from Canada with the return address of 11 King Street W, Toronto, Ontario M5H 4C7.
The letter claims to be from a frustrated bank employee who is willing to bend the rules to split $7.8 Million in inheritance.
Interestingly the letter never mentions the bank.
For the record, I have no relative named Matt Rhode.
DEAR STEVE RHODE,
I am aware that this letter has come to you as a surprise as we have not met before or handled any business deals in the past. Nevertheless, I have contacted you with genuine intentions and I hope I can trust you with this Inheritance opportunity which will be explained below.
My name is Brian Sanders, an account manager with one of the bank in Canada. I retrieved your contact address in my search for the next of kin to a deceased customer of our bank MR. MATT RHODE, a citizen of your country, who lived and died in London, Ontario Canada from Cardiac Arrest in the year 2009. Unfortunately this customer died intestate leaving his bank account with an open beneficiary status. All efforts made by our bank to locate his relatives have been unsuccessful so I decided to write you as I have monitored this account in the bank for about 10 years now and no one has come forth with any claim. I would like to present you to our bank as his next of kin to claim this dormant account worth $7.8 Million USD (Seven Million Eight Hundred Thousand US Dollars).
You will apply to the bank as an extended relative to the deceased customer while I work from the inside to make sure all needed information and evidence are provided to you to back up your claim. The account has an open beneficiary status, which is why I have contacted you to come forth and claim the funds as the next of kin and beneficiary. Since he is from your country and you both share the same last name, it’s easy for you to become his official next of kin. If we do not make a claim to the funds now, the funds would be reverted back to the system as an unclaimed estate at the expiration of a 10 year dormancy period as approved.
I assure you that this transaction would be handled under due inheritance procedures and every necessary arrangement will be put in place to make you the real beneficiary of the Inheritance. It also requires all confidentiality at this stage and I believe that you are ready to keep this absolutely discreet until you are able to claim the funds from the bank. Once the funds are released to you, it will be shared between the two of us.
Please send your response to my personal email: [email protected] indicating your readiness to proceed with this transaction and we will discuss more details as well as ihe procedure to achieve a successful completion. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and people achieve it every day.
I await your response
Brian Sanders Email: [email protected]
Someone is going to fall for such a letter. They will be enticed to fall into a relationship with an alleged bank employee who is willing to break the rule of law and make them an “official next of kin.”
History teaches us that the next step in the scam will be for the gullible consumer to reply and receive a demand or request that some sort of up-front payment is required. That money will vanish and the promised millions will not appear.
A quick web search will disclose that bank accounts of more than $1,000 are held for 100 years and unclaimed balances at the end of that period are then transferred to the Receiver General of Canada. – Source
Anyone with a legitimate claim on unclaimed funds in Canada can follow these step-by-step instructions and not those of some bogus letter like the one I got.