The “dying widow scam” is a standard type of advance fee fraud. In the example below Teresa Roman, “your sister in Christ,” needs your help to distribute her fortune. Alas, there is really no “Teresa Roman” and no fortune to be distributed. There’s only a scammer trying to separate you from your money.
From: “Teresa Roman” firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:19:27
I am Mrs Teresa Roman, suffering from cancerous ailment. I was married to Mr.Raymond Roman, my husband worked with Chevron/Texaco in the United Kingdom for twenty years before he died in the year 2003. My late husband deposited the sum of 0 Million (Ten Million Pounds) with a Bank in United Kingdom.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I have limited days to live due to the stroke and cancerous problems I am suffering from. I have decided to donate these funds to you and i want you to use it for the upkeep of widows and charities worldwide. I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy persons and I do not want my husband hard earned money to be misused.
Awaiting your urgent reply via my email.address: email@example.com With God all things are possible.
Your Sister in Christ,
Mrs. Teresa Roman
If you make the mistake of answering “Teresa,” she will spin you many elaborate stories; but then she will reveal that she needs some advance payments from you before her supposed fortune can be released. If you make the bigger mistake of paying her, she will disappear with your money, never to be heard from again.
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