Mrs. Lineo Simmons (mystery scam)

This is an example of what I call a mystery scam. Instead of a long and elaborate story about deposed dictators and rich orphans, “Mrs. Lineo Simmons” just wants to get you on her hook.

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Like a telemarketer who leaves a message on your phone saying, “I’ve got a deal for you, give me a call,” Mrs. Simmons figures if she can just get you to reply she’ll be able to manipulate you into doing what she wants.

From: Farrah Merchant
Subject: Can you be sincere on this?
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2015

Please I require your honesty for charity purpose and will explain more on your reply. Thanks. Mrs. Lineo Simmons

If you do make the mistake of replying, she’ll probably spin you a story about how she is a dying widow who needs to dispose of her fortune — and if you’ll just cough up an advance fee, you can have a percentage. Too bad it’s all a scam.