A WOMEN has been given a free piece of £180,000 by a complete stranger – and it’s not a scam.
Dr. Anna Phillips, 65 years old, living in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, teaching art at an international school, suddenly received a phone call saying that she had inherited the cash.
In July 2019, 81-year-old George Anderson died in a nursing home in Kirby, Merseyside, without making a will and no next of kin are known.
Danny Curran, from International search engineUK’s largest professional probate genealogy company and star of BBC’s The Heirs, tasked with tracing his relatives.
Dr. Phillips told Echoes of Liverpool: “Although inheritance doesn’t change lives, it was of course a pleasant surprise.
“We paid some mortgage in Tasmania, and then gave some to our children.”
Thanks to Curran’s work, it was discovered that George was born in Everton, Liverpool North in 1938, the only child of Elizabeth Phillips and George Anderson, who were married in 1937.
George Jr has never been married and has never had children.
His father died in 1969 and his mother died in 1998.
Anderson’s mother was one of ten children, four of whom tragically died as children.
One of her brothers, Thomas Phillips, was the grandfather of Dr. Phillips.
Mother of Anderson and sibling of his grandfather Dr. Phillips.
The work done by the researchers has taken them around the world to places like Canada, Malta, Australia and Kyrgyzstan, and they have successfully traced all 26 beneficiaries of the estate.
Dr. Phillips initially received a letter from Finders International telling her about George Anderson and the amount but immediately thought it was a scam.
She explained though she later received a call while on her way home from teaching.
Dr Phillips said: “It is strange to learn that I am related to a man I have never known and have been traced to as the beneficiary of his estate. That is absolutely unbelievable.”
She added that the luck is special, not just because of the money but because the process has helped the extended family stay in touch.
The teacher added that the money will help her and her husband focus on their passion for creating art and music when they retire.