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If someone were to receive a tremendous inheritance from someone they knew a long time ago, or barely knew at all, how would they be contacted? How would it be known not to be a hoax?

Asked by Yellowdog (7658points) 2 weeks ago

I assume most people know those whom they would receive an inheritance from fairly well, or know they were receiving one.

But what if it were a very distant relative, a childhood friend one hadn’t heard from in many years or decades. or someone met only once, but meant enough that the person left them an inheritance of tens of millions of dollars or more—maybe because of something they talked about, or for no reason at all?

Granted, this is extremely unlikely—all the more why it would be assumed to be a hoax or ignored.

But its kind of a ‘romantic’ idea—the sort of thing people hope for but don’t expect—the idea of implausible movies and novels

So, how would it happen if it DID happen? How would such a designated recipient be credibly notified? How would they know it was real, enough to follow through?

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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I would hire a P.I. detective to do a search.

Yellowdog's avatar

But how would they be notified in the first place?

Phone calls, letters. other communications just don’t seem like they’d be taken seriously.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

It would be the executor ,and the attorneys responsibility to locate everyone named in the will.

chyna's avatar

I would think the attorney would send a certified letter.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Yellowdog The detective would do a quick internet search and go to the person in person. You can buy access to a database for $199 a month or year I am not sure. Sorry that I don’t have a link.

LuckyGuy's avatar

If anyone asks for money before you get the inheritance you can safely figure it’s a hoax.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@LuckyGuy Also double wrong if they ask for itunes cards as payment.

LadyMarissa's avatar

It’s not that difficult to track down a person in this age of electronics. The executor or lawyer for the estate would track you down & send a registered letter on their official letterhead. As others pointed out, they would NOT ask you to pay a fee to process the inheritance.
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IF you received the registered letter, it also wouldn’t be that difficult to research the information given & to verify the validity of the executor/lawyer. Most states now have a site link where you can research the wills yourself. I know with my parents wills, everything was posted on the internet through the county’s website except they redacted such things as social security numbers & home addresses. The executor/lawyer would have access to the original, unredacted will.

I often joke that I would be filthy rich IF I hadn’t ignored all those silly emails that I assumed were scams & deleted. Well, the executor/lawyer probably won’t send an email opting to send a registered letter. The phone number for contact will track as a true phone number IF you choose to verify it. There won’t be any misspellings nor poorly structured sentences in the letter. They won’t call to ask for your social security number, birthday, or such. They would probably require that you bring certain specific items of information to the meeting in their office. They won’t ask you to pay any type of fee in order for them to process the windfall over to you & they sure won’t be asking for the codes off the backs of Amazon gift cards, nor the numbers off the backs of the green cards. In other words it will be more professional!!!

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