Stanley Sherman received a letter from "Graham Sherman," asking for information on his family history.
"It seemed genuine because I know there are plenty of people who try and trace their family tree," said Stanley, from Ilford.He obliged, and then received a second letter from "Richard Sherman."
"I just thought it was a coincidence that the address of the guy in the second letter was in the same road as the cemetery where my brother is buried. But I didn't think there was a possibility we were related."It was only when Stanley received a third letter last week—supposedly from an investment consultant in Singapore—that he smelled something fishy.
The consultant, Kye Hammer, wrote that Richard and his partner had died suddenly in a car accident and that Stanley could claim to be the next of kin.If you think you've been targeted by this sort of scam, send your name, address, mother's maiden name, and credit-card numbers to Kye Hammer immediately.
"When I got this letter I thought 'there is something wrong here'," said Stanley. [Link]