Can someone verify whether or not these documents I received in this e-mail are authentic or not? 28 Answers as of January 08, 2013I am being told that I have received an inheritance from one Vincent Killkenny Ramic and the beneficiary fund is being withheld at One Zenith Bank in Ghana. I know that it’s probably a scam but I just want to find out for sure I just like to have closure on this peace of mind since they are still contacting me.
The Lucky Law Firm, PLC | Robert Morrison Lucky
You are very likely correct in believing that it is a scam. You should contact the Louisiana Attorney General's office and/or the Federal Trade Commission to discuss the legitimacy of the email. Until then, do nothing with the email.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
Do you understand that this is a scam. Once they get YOUR bank information, they will clean out your account. Tell them to go screw themselves, and have no further contact. I cannot believe that you are falling for this nonsense. IT IS A SCAM.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Law Office of Mark J. Leonardo | Mark Leonardo
99% certain it's a scam. If you responded at all, they will continue to contact you to perpetrate the scam. Do you even know the supposed deceased person? Probably not. Do you have relatives in Ghana? Again, probably not. Typically the scam is to get you to open a bank account to receive the funds (but not always), and then to send them a portion of the proceeds (this is a certainty). They may even send you what appears to be a legitimate cashier's check on a legitimate bank account. And upon your receipt, they want a wire transfer back to them for their commission for finding your inheritance. The problem is you may authorize the wire transfer, happy to keep the windfall balance. But after you send the wire, the check will bounce as being a forgery as the owner of the account had no idea about any such check being written from their account. At that point, you are left being held responsible for the wire transfer you sent to the scammers. The moment you are asked to put up or send any money, it's a scam. As for getting the police involved they don't care. They may take a report, but they seem not to have any interest in trying to catch the perpetrators, presumably because they are in a foreign country. When you wire the money and then your funds are negated by the forgery, your are left holding the bag. Sending cash is unlike someone fraudulently charging your credit card where the credit card companies don't hold you responsible. Be very careful.
Answer Applies to: California
Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
It's probably a scam. Do not under any circumstances send these people money. And don't waste any time or feelings on the scam. (Unless, of course, you had a relative or friend by that name and you have reason to think he left you something in his will.) You might try calling the legal officer at the Embassy of Ghana in Washington He will probably confirm that it's a scam.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
Yes it is a scam. If you go forward, at some point they will either provide you with a check and ask you to give them a portion of it back or they will ask you for your money to somehow insure or finance the process of getting your money to you. Either way, you will never get anything but a bogus check. There are many slight variations but in every case, the only one to get real money will be them and you will be out whatever you send them. Disregard it.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
David F. Stoddard | David F. Stoddard
I doubt if anyone on this forum can verify whether this is a scam. You obviously have more information about this than we do. It does sound like a scam. The only way to find out is to follow the email instructions or contact the One Zenith Bank. However, under no circumstances should you send them a check, deposit there check under the condition that you send them a check for expenses (often the scam is that they send you a large check and ask that you send them a smaller check once you deposit their large bogus check), or give them any account information. If you have an inheritance, they should be willing to send ou a check, no strings attached.
Answer Applies to: South Carolina