KCSO warns of possible scam involving life insurance policy

Posted at 1:49 PM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 16:49:10-04

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office would like to make the citizens of Kern County aware of a possible scam circulating in the Kern County area.

Recently, a member of the Sheriff’s Office received a correspondence letter from an apparent law firm from London, England. The letter indicates the firm represents an individual from the United States who passed away and left a large life insurance policy which has been unclaimed.

The letter also indicates the firm has been unable to locate possible relatives who are beneficiaries of the policy, so are contacting people in the United States with the same last name as the decedent to move forward with processing the policy.

In the letter, the law firm indicates they will split the money distributed per the life insurance policy with the letter recipient. The letter asks the recipient to contact the law firm immediately to provide additional information so the policy can be processed, and provides a contact email address and phone number.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the citizens of Kern County that there are numerous scams circulating involving the possible receipt of funds, and citizens should be aware and never provide personal information to persons they are unfamiliar with. If you receive a similar letter, or believe you have been targeted in a potential scam, please report it to the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110.