According to the offer, people could get a share of the wealth by claiming to be the deceased’s next of kin. To claim the wealth, you would need to respond to the email. The nature of this type of fraud is that you would need to pay a fee before you would receive the money. This is an advanced fee fraud where you would pay to receive nothing.
‘Of course there is no $17 million estate, and people were being scammed for the upfront fees’, said Ms Delia Rickard, ASIC’s Acting Executive Director of Consumer Protection.