Ms. Maria’s philanthropic funds (scam alert)

This is an example of a typical charity “mystery scam” message, and it has probably been sent to tens of thousands of random people in the last few days. “Ms. Maria” wants to share her funds with you — but why? And who is she? It’s a mystery.

Actually, it’s not a mystery. “Ms. Maria” is just a scammer trying to find a way to get you on the hook so she can eventually pick your pocket.

Subject: | My Payment |
From: “Maria”
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2015

Ms. Maria giving part of her philanthropic funds to you.
Reply to accept wire.

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