Dominique Picole Charity Scam

This is an example of a standard dying-of-cancer charity-scam message, invoking all the usual appeals to help widows, orphans, and unfortunate mothers. (See more examples of charity scams.) The details may change from one scam message to the next, but the general pattern is the same in all:

From: “Dominique Picole”
Subject: Hello
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2015

My name is Dominique Picole citizens of France but presently reside in United Kingdom, I was diagnose of Heart Cancer in December 2014 and am presently hospitalize now and have few days to live on earth. I have been touched in my heart to donate Two Million Great British Pounds Sterling (2,000,000.00 GBP) from part of my Real Estate Investment inherited from my late Father to you for the good work of charity Organization. 10% can go for your personal needs for your time taken from your busy schedule to work with me on this sole act of charity. Am presently sending you this email seeking your assistance in helping me set up a charity organization in your country coined in both of our names which would be in existence long after am gone out of this world. I will be going in for a surgery soon and I want to make sure that I make this donation before undergoing my surgery.

I decided to donate my fund to you for investment towards the good work of charity, and also to help the motherless and less privilege and for the assistance of the widows and unfortunate mothers. At the moment I don’t want any telephone calls due to my health condition I would have provided you with my Mobile number. I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly. It is true that I don’t know you and you don’t know me, no one came into this world knowing each other it only take time for people know each other, but I have been directed in my heart to contact you by grace. I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the task is accomplished. Kindly indicate your interest in helping me in this sole act of charity or not, until I hear from you my dreams will rest squarely on your shoulders.


Dominique Picole

If you make the mistake of replying, “Dominque” will end up picking your pocket and leaving you poor. Here at we document scams like these to help people around the world keep themselves safe.