Jennifer Black

Jennifer Black said the letter writer offers to split the fortune with her and her husband. (CBC)

A Nova Scotia woman is going public with concerns about a fraudulent letter she and her husband received.

Jennifer Black said the letter contains too many details that mirror their real life.

"It's using our name, it's using William Black's name and it's got our address," she said.

"That's a whole lot different than somebody taking your phone number off a phone list. This is just way too personal."

The letter is signed by someone calling themselves Chong Chengli. He identifies himself as an investment adviser from China who's trying to find relatives of a William Black. He's offering to share an inheritance worth $17.5 million.

Jennifer's husband Paul Black had an uncle Bill who died about 27 years ago.

"Uncle Bill was a very open person and he wasn't a rich man," she said. "There's no way he could have accumulated $17.5 million."

Black also questions why the investment adviser would be contacting her and her husband instead of Bill's immediate family.

"He's got a son and daughter," she said.  "There's no reason why they'd come looking for us. Why wouldn't they contact his direct family?"

The letter doesn't say exactly how Paul and Jennifer Black could share in the inheritance. There's no official letterhead, just a Yahoo email address, and it tells them to keep the plan a secret.

"He also says to keep this communication quite confidential due to its sensitivity as we do not want this inheritance to fall into the wrong hands," Black said.

She didn't keep it secret. Instead, she went to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

"They told me to get it out there. They told me to show my neighbours. They told me to phone the CBC."

Black said she's concerned because it appears someone has been poking into her family history.

"It nauseates me that they can get away with something like this."