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Did you get a letter from a “lawyer” about cashing in on someone else’s life insurance policy?


You can’t cash in on a stranger’s life insurance policy — even if a lawyer says you can. The FTC has heard reports from people in Korean, Vietnamese, and Latino communities who got letters in the mail from a supposed “lawyer” in Canada. The letter looks like it’s from a law firm and offers an “easy way” to get money using someone else’s life insurance policy. But it’s a scam. Here’s how to spot it.

In the letter, the “lawyer” says they have a deceased client with an unclaimed life insurance policy worth millions. Because you (supposedly) have the same last name and nationality as the deceased, the “lawyer” can add your name to the policy and split the money between you, their law firm, and a charity. All you have to do, they say, is keep this information secret and email them immediately.

So what’s really happening here? There is no lawyer. It’s a scammer. And if you email them, they’ll ask for personal information. Or money. Or both. And that life insurance payout? It doesn’t exist.


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