I am sure we have all hear of Nigerian internet scams. You know, where an email comes telling you of an amount of money that is coming to you, or someone else and, if you would be so kind as to had over a small fee to help grease the wheels, some money will come to you for no effort at all.
I know these type of advance fee scams have been around for quite a while but I was surprised to find this article from 1932 describing a very similar type of scam.
In this case a mere £10 would help Canadian or American
heirs victims to claim their previously unknown but large inheritances.
A circular was being sent to thousands of people warning them of the scam, although I think the authorities might have done a better job of wording it.
The circular states that “large unclaimed estates believed by many persons to exist in England are almost all mythical”.
Almost all mythical. Hmmm. If you are the kind of person who will fall for the story of a wealthy, generous, but previously unknown rich relative will almost all bring you to your senses? I think it more likely that they would just expect that the tiny amount of inheritances that are suggested to be real were theirs!
Of course, if you are that person who believes there is an unexpected inheritance just around the corner I am here to help. Just send $100 to…. oh, never mind 😉