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The message below (shown in yellow) is a familiar type of scam message that checks a lot of the usual boxes. A wealthy widow (check) is dying from cancer (check). She needs your help to oversee her fortune (check) because her soon-to-be-orphaned child (check) is too young to manage it.
Unfortunately, “Teresa Mpume” doesn’t really exist. She (or he) is just a scammer trying to tug at your heartstrings, and then eventually empty out your bank account.
date: Dec 22, 2020
subject: From Mrs.Teresa Mpume
From Mrs.Teresa Mpume
My Dearest Beloved,
First, let me start by introducing myself. My name is Mrs. Teresa Mpume, a nationality of South Africa, I was working with Build Safe South Africa. You can view the profile of Build Safe South Africa at (www.buildsafe.co.za) and read about us. I am married to late Mr.Thulani Mpume and we were married for twenty years with a child. He died after an illness that lasted for four weeks. Please know this may come to you by surprise, i know that you do not know me, but i need your assistance hence i am writing to you as my will directed me, and it is my desire to go into this business / relationship with you.
When my late husband was alive we deposited the sum of USD$15 .5M (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S.Dollars) with Finance, Though i assisted him in getting this contract for this deposit signed. I am afraid that the government of South Africa might start to investigate contracts awarded from Build Safe South 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 my cancer problem, though what disturbs me most is my stroke, Having to know my condition I want to invest this money into any profitable business of your choice, whatever interest/profit that will come out from this investment of your choice will be shared by both parties.
I have a child that will inherit this money but my son cannot carry out this work by himself, my son is just 15 year old now and growing up in Africa and handling this huge amount of money will certainly be a disaster for a fifteen year old, He is not mature yet. Hence this the reason for taking this bold decision in contacting you. I am not afraid of death as I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. I would like you to understand that my contact to you is by my own free will, and as soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Finance/bank. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as the new beneficiary of this fund through my attorney. My happiness is that I will be living something worthy for my son whom I will be living behind. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for an individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as i stated here and i will like you to contact me immediately you receive this mail so that i will instruct the Finance/bank to! Transfer this fund into your account.
My Regards to your Family,
Mrs. Teresa Mpume
Use my private Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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