Beware of inheritance scam
The public is being warned about a new inheritance scam, whereby some homeowners have received letters from fake executors of a fictional will.
These letters, who claim to be sent from a Japanese or Chinese bank, acting as executor, state that they are trying to trace long lost relatives of a deceased individual who made a large investment before their death.
They go on to say that no next of kin has been found to date and so the recipient of the letter will become the sole beneficiary of the investment which usually runs into millions of pounds, suggesting that the funds be split between the bank and the person.
This is a particularly cruel scam, offering false hope to many at a time when many families are facing particular financial hardship. Remember that this is a criminal offence and should be reported to police. The public is also being advised to never send an organisation any money without first carrying out significant research to validate their real existence.