VicPD warn ‘Inheritance Scam’ now targeting homes with hand delivery

Six letters reported received in Greater Victoria

If you’ve received a letter in your mailbox outlining how a relative you never knew you had has left you millions of dollars in a foreign bank account – sorry, it’s a scam.

Victoria Police are warning the community after they’ve seen an increase in reports of what they’re calling the “Inheritance Scam,” with an old fashioned twist.

At least six people have reported receiving letters indicating they should reach out to the bank because they are entitled to 90 per cent of the funds – 23 million pounds in most cases. Instead of an online operation, the letters are addressed to each recipient individually and have been delivered to their residences in Greater Victoria.

“While introduced by hand delivered letter, similar to email-based inheritance scams, recipients are asked to reply via an email address,” VicPD said in a release.

None of the recipients in Victoria or Esquimalt have been defrauded. Police say the hand delivery method is a recent development in terms of ongoing scams, so while it may appear legitimate, it is not.

“It is important to remember no bank would offer anyone money in this way,” VicPD said.

For more information, or to report fraud online visit antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Science fair draws best junior scientists from Vancouver Island to Victoria

200 young science enthusiasts share their inventions and discoveries at UVic

Vic. Symphony, Jeans ‘n Classics will rock you with the Best of Queen

Post-Bohemian Rhapsody, Pops Series concerts bring British band’s music back into spotlight

LOCAL FLAVOUR: Farm Whisperer tackles tough subject of farm succession

Linda Geggie is executive director with CR-FAIR

Young cyclist struck near Galloping Goose Trail

Minor injuries reported by police

New Coast Guard ship crashes into Ogden Point breakwater

‘It is fairly unprecedented that it would happen’

VIDEO: Keeping the hope alive, 28 years later

Annual Michael Dunahee Keep the Hope Alive run raised money for Child Find B.C.

Bobrovsky perfect as Blue Jackets blank Canucks 5-0

Vancouver shut out for 10th time this season

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps says future assembly deliberations won’t be closed to public

Reversal comes after Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff raised concerns

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

Search and rescue team helicopters injured climber from B.C. provincial park

A 30-year-old woman suffered a suspected lower-limb fracture in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Most Read