This is a very familiar script for anyone who studies email scams. A wealthy widow is dying of cancer and wants you to help her dispose of her money to some worthy cause. What could go wrong? Well considering that the sender isn’t really a wealthy widow, and there’s no money on deposit, and when you reply you’ll be asked to send her money to “release” the funds or to pay “bank fees” — well, a whole lot could go wrong!
Date: Friday, September 18, 2009 12:11 AM
From: Mrs Sarah Estrada (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I seek your indulgence to solicit for your assistance concerning the content of my mail, although I am not comfortable discussing it this means due to lots of unsolicited mails on the internet presently, but I have no other medium to do so right now since the situation of my health is deteriorating.
My name is Mrs Sarah Estrada I got your information while browsing through Internet in search for a reliable/honest person who could be of help, I am a dying woman who has decided to donate what I have to you/Organization. I am 65 years old and I was diagnosed for cancer about 5years ago, immediately after the death of my husband, who had left me everything he worked for. I have been touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my late husband to you for the good work of God than allow my relatives to use my husband hard-earned funds ungodly.Please pray that the good Lord forgive me my sins. I have asked God to forgive me and I believe he has because He is a merciful God.
I am married to Pilot David Estrada an English Pilot who is dead.When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of 15.5 Million Pounds Sterling which were derived from his vast estates and investment in capital market with a security company here in UK.Presently,this money is still with the bank.My Doctor told me that I have limited days to live due to the cancerous problems I am suffering from. I have decided to donate this fund to you and want you to use this gift which comes from my husbands effort to fund the upkeep of widows, widowers, orphans,destitute, the down-trodden, physically challenged children,barren-women and persons who prove to be genuinely handicapped financially.
NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the task is accomplished, as I don’t want anything that will jeopardize my last wish. And Also I will be contacting with you by email, as I don’t want my relation or anybody to know because they are always around me.I would prefer you contact me on my most private and confidencial email address :(email@example.com)
Thanks and God bless.
Mrs Sarah Estrada