[Question] Probably a scam, but how did they get my name?

So I recently got an email from some Peter Schulman addressing me by my full name, claiming that some man in Canada I never heard of who shares my last name passed away and I may be entitled to 50% of his assets.

The email didn’t get into my spam folder, but I’m almost certain it’s a scam (if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is). The real issue I have is how did they get my full name? Database leaks?

I’d like to hear your opinion as it piques my curiosity. Also, if you’ve heard of this scam, please tell me, I didn’t find any info on it.

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Thanks!


The content was posted by TokeruTaichou on 2021-10-05 13:07:43 via reddit

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3 Comments

  1. Goflyakitescammers says:

    Your name, address, email etc is easily available. Maybe a data leak, maybe from somewhere you signed up. No telling how they got it. This is 100% a scam. It is known as a !advancefee. There is no dead relative, no big box of money, no bank account. You will be asked to pay a “processing fee”, “taxes”, “delivery charge” or some other nonsense. Once you pay one fee, another will be necessary to be paid. All of it going into the scammers pocket. And another thing that might happen, is you will be asked to provide proof of who you are via copy of your drivers license/passport, SSN, etc. which can then be used for identity theft. Just ignore and delete it.

  2. There’s a bunch of possibilities like data leak, or they have surely gotten it somewhere. You may also consider that sometimes email address makes it obvious like Johndoe(at)gmail(dot)com.

  3. Miss_Mermaid1 says:

    It’s not hard to find someone’s name to quickly personalize a generic scam email. Using your full name in the email doesn’t make it any less of a total scam.

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