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This is a classic example of the old “dying widow scam” complete with all the trimmings: a rich late husband, poor orphans, a few weeks to live, and Biblical invocations. (See more examples of dying widow scams.) This example is better written than most, and because it isn’t in broken English it just may trick a few people — don’t fall into the trap!
From: “Mrs. Elizabeth Schubert” firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Urgent Reply Needed
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2015
No.36 Kinshasa Avenue, East Legon.,
Accra,Republic of Ghana.
I am Mrs.Elizabeth Schubert now undergoing medical treatment.I am married to Dr.Schubert who worked with German Embassy in Republic of Ghana before he died in the year 2006.
We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.Before his death we were both born again Christians. I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home, which the Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US$6,500,000.00 with a Bank in West Africa, this money is still with the Bank.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not Last for the next three months due to cancer and what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to church or better still a Christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in.
I want a church or individual that will use this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows propagating the word Of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I don’t have any child that will inherit this money.
I cannot rely on family and closest relatives any more, as they did not show responsible behavior when I entrusted part of my wealth to them to distribute to charitable organizations but instead used the money for their personal needs.
To prevent any more mishaps, my attorney will act as a check, monitoring every aspect of the Charity organizations.
I sincerely request for your assistance in this humanitarian work. I want the bank to transfer the fund to your bank account so that you will use 80% of the fund to help the following people:
1, Motherless babies.
3, Disable people.
The 20% of the fund is for you and your family, if you will accept to do this humanitarian work. You will promised me that you will not disappoint me when the fund will be transferred to your bank account there in your country, and you will also assured me that you will use the 80% of the money for the said purpose.
Reply to me urgently if you are interested in this transaction because any delay to your response will give me a room to look for another reliable person for the same purpose, hoping to hear from you.
Whatever the case might be, just put me in prayers at all times.
May the almighty God bless you.
Reply me Back at: email@example.com
Get back to me for more details.
Mrs. Elizabeth Schubert
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