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This is a typical example of a “dying widow” scam message, notable because the scammer seems to have hacked into a mailing list from the Harvard Business School. “Mrs. Maria” is dying, alas, but her fortune is intact, and she needs your help to give it away. Who wouldn’t want to help a dying widow? Too bad “Maria” is actually a scammer.
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016
From: Harvard Business School Publishing email@example.com
Subject: HBR Shared Content from MARIA COETZEE
Greetings I know that this letter may be a very big surprise to you,but please consider it a divine wish and accept it with a deep sense of humility. I am giving you my trust And wish you will give me back the trust i have given you. I believe that you will be Honest to fulfill my final wish before I will die.
I am Maria Coetzee Laurent From Namibia in southern Africa. I currently undergoing medical treatment here Cote d’Ivoire, I am 50 years old, I am suffering from a long time Cancer of the breast. From all indication my condition is really deteriorating, and my Doctors have courageously advised me that I may not live beyond next month, this is Because the cancer stage has reached a critical stage.I was brought up in a Motherless baby’s home, and was married to my late husband for twenty years Without a child. My husband and I are true Christians, but quite unfortunately, he Died in a fatal motor accident. Since his death I decided not to re-marry, my late husband Deposited the sum of $6. 650, 000.00 US Dollars with a bank of abidjan. Presently, this Money is still in bank custody, and the management just wrote me as the legitimate Depositor to inform me of the maturity date of my deposit or rather issue a letter of Authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I can not come over as a Result of my illness, or they get it confiscated.
It is my last wish to see that this money is been invested into a very good LUCRATIVE VENTURE of your choice that will be giving out proceeds to be distributed each year Among the charity organization, the poor and the motherless baby’s, orphanage Homes and widows around. I must let you know that this was a very hard decision, But I had to take a bold step towards this issue because I have no further option. Get back to me for more details in this address (firstname.lastname@example.org) I hope you will help me see that my last wishes come true.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Maria Coetzee Laurent
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