Column: Genealogical Scam Making the Rounds

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

TitleColumn: Genealogical Scam Making the Rounds

Snippet: Please send me all your money. If you received this email message, you would chuckle, then delete it. Your money would be safe in your bank account.

Scammers, however, are not that direct. They send messages to inform you a loved one has been robbed while visiting another country and desperately need funds transferred, so they can pay their hotel bill and get on the next plane home.

Recently, I was informed of an email scam with a genealogical twist. The subject line will catch your attention: About your late Family member. Who the message is from is unimportant because scammers steal names from real people and from legal organisations.

The message reads: There is an estate, a cash deposit in the bank and some landed properties belonging to your late family member whom I will like to discuss with you about. He is related to you going by the lineage, surname and country of origin.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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