People in South Holland and The Deepings are being warned about a scam involving bogus inheritances and counterfeit cash windfalls.
A woman in South Holland received a letter claiming she was in line for a sum of almost £38,000 from a fake IT tycoon, with the trust being handled by a bogus firm using an address in The Netherlands.
A Lincolnshire Trading Standards spokeswoman said: “Although there are legitimate companies who make a living by tracking down heirs, they don’t do it in this way.
“A legitimate law firm is highly unlikely to pay out an inheritance to someone who isn’t entitled to it, so any offer of a payout indicates that someone is up to no good.”
Anyone with concerns should call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.