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Inheritance scam

How does it work?

You will receive a text, letter or email that claims to be from us. It will inform you that a relative has passed away and that you are entitled to funds from their savings account.

You may be asked to pay a fee and/or provide other documentation in order to claim the funds.

Who does it target?

Anyone can become a victim.

How to avoid this scam

Ignore any communication advising you that you are the beneficiary of a Birmingham Midshires savings fund. This type of communication will never come from us.

Do not pay any fees if you receive a communication of this kind. You will never have to pay fees to receive funds you are entitled to.

FSCS – protecting your money. Find out more here.

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Tax free is the contractual rate of interest payable where interest is exempt from income tax.

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