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Sheriff’s Office Warning Of Scam Letter

December 5, 2017
Emmetsburg News

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens that another scam letter is being circulated in the county.

According to Palo Alto County Sheriff Lynn Schultes, his office was made aware by a concerned citizen that a letter is allegedly from an account manager with the TD Canada Trust Bank in Ontario Canada.

In the letter, it states that an individual with the same last name as the potential victim has deceased and the bank is looking for the next of kin.

An amount of $9.2 million is mentioned by the letter's author, who explains that the holder of the account died in London, England in 2017 from cardiac arrest. As the account holder died without a will, the money has remained in the bank in Ontario and if not claimed, the money will be surrendered to the government.

The letter's author claims to have been watching the account for 10 years, noting no one has come forth to claim the money.

He claims the bank's efforts to find relatives or next-of-kin have been unsuccessful, prompting him to write to the recipient with an offer.

"I would like to present you to our bank as his next of kin to claim this dormant account worth $9.2 Million USD (Nine Million Two Hundred Thousand US Dollars).

You will apply to the bank as an extended relative to the deceased customer while I work from the inside to make sure all. needed information and evidences are provided to you to back up your claim."

"I assure you that this transaction would be handled under due inheritance procedures and every necessary legitimate arrangement will be put in place to make you the real beneficiary of the inheritance funds. It also requires all confidentiality at this stage and I believe that you are ready to keep this absolutely discreet until you are able to claim the funds from the bank. Once the funds are released to you, it will be shared between the two of us.

Please send your response to my personal email: indicating readiness to proceed with this transaction. Then I will give you more details and we shall have in-depth discussion regarding a.successful completion of this transaction.

I await your response.


Mr. Pethuel Andrew Timothee


"If you receive such an email please tear it up and do not act on it," Sheriff Schultes advised.



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