Mrs. Jovann Mafra (scam warning)

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The message below is an example of the “dying widow” scam. The scammer claims to be a very wealthy woman with no children, and she wants your help to distribute her fortune to charity after she dies. You can have a percentage of course. Alas, there really is no rich widow and no fortune: there is only a scammer trying to find a way to empty your wallet.

Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2016
Subject: Dear good day friend,

Dear good day friend,

I greet you with the name in the name of the LORD Almighty the giver of every good thing. Good day and compliments of the seasons, I know it is true that this letter may come to you as a surprise. Nevertheless, I humbly ask you to give me your attention and hear me well., but I implore you to take the time to go through it carefull yas the decision you make will go off a long way to determine my futur eand continued existence. I am Mrs. Jovann Mafra widow of 58 years old suffering from long time illness. I have some funds I inherited from my late husband, the sum of (23.5 Million Dollars) and I needed a very honest and God fearing who can withdraw this money then use the funds for Charity works. I WISH TO GIVE THIS FUNDS TO YOU FOR CHARITY WORKS. I found your email address from the internet after honest prayers to the LORD to bring me a helper and i decided to contact you if you may be willing and interested to handle these trust funds in good faith before anything happens to me.

Having known my condition I decided to donate this money to Churches, organizations or good person that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want you to use this money for Churches, Charity organizations, orphanages, widows and other people that are in need. l took this decision because I don’t have any child that will inherit this money . Moreover, my husband relatives are not close to me since I develop a Cancer problem and it had been their wish to see me dead in order to inherit his wealth since we have no Child. These people are not worthy of this inheritance. This is why I am taking this decision.

I want your urgent reply to me so that I will give you the deposit receipt which the COMPANY issued to me as next of kin for immediate transfer of the money to your account in your country, to start the good work of God, I am desperately in keen need of assistance and I have summoned up courage to contact you for this task, you must not fail me and the millions of the poor people in our todays WORLD. This is no stolen money and there are no dangers involved,100% RISK FREE with full legal proof. Please if you would be able to use the funds for the Charity works kindly let me know immediately. I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality and trust in this matter to accomplish my heart desire, as I don’t want anything that will jeopardize my last wish. I want you to take 40 percent of the total money for your personal use while 60% of the money will go to charity.I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality and trust in this matter to accomplish my heart desire, as I don’t want anything that will jeopardize my last wish. Any delay in your reply may give me room to look for another good person for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. I don’t need any telephone communication in this regard because of my ill-health. Your urgently responses is needed through this email address: = ( )

Thanks and Remain blessed
Yours Sister in The Lord,
Mrs. Jovann Mafra.

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Mrs. Yeety Bayarmaa (cancer scam)

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This is a classic example of the old “dying widow scam,” complete with gold traders, a rich dead husband, and secret African bank accounts, all courtesy of “your sick sister in Christ.” It may be hard to believe that people fall for these messages, but it’s clear that some people do, because if they didn’t, the scammers wouldn’t still be sending them.

Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016
From: “Mrs. Yeety Bayarmaa”
Subject: Greetings Dearest Beloved,

Greetings Dearest Beloved,

I know that this letter may be a very big surprise to you, I came across your email contact from my personal search and I instructed the doctor here in this hospital to help me email you and i believe that you will be honest to fulfill my final wish before i will die.

I am Mrs. Yeety Bayarmaa, I am 66 years old, From Benin, and 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 3 month; this is because the cancer has reached a critical stage.

I was married to late Dr Bayramaa Altangerel, gold & diamond exportation in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where we live all our Lives for Thirty-two years before he died in the year2004. But is quite unfortunately, He died after a Cardiac Arteries Operation that lasted only for four days.

Since his death I decided not to re-marry, I deposited all the sum of $5.8million dollars with a INSTUTITION here in Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso, where we spend our life together in Burkina Faso.

Presently, this money is still in their custody, and the management just wrote me as the Legitimate beneficiary to come forward to receive the money after keeping it for so long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I cannot come over as a result of my illness, or they get it confiscated.

Presently, I’m with my laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment. I have since lost my ability to do anything myself and my doctors have told me that I have only 3 month to live.

Now that i am about to end the race like this, without any family members and no child. It is my last wish to see that this money is invested, but you will assure me that you will take 50% of the money and give 50% to the orphanages home in your country for my heart to rest.

I want your good humanitarian, to also use this money to fund churches, orphanages 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. I hope you will help see my last wishes come true you can. contact me here

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the INSTUTITION. I will also issue you a letter of authority which will prove that you are the new beneficiary of this funds, and the documents concerning the deposit. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated here. i. Hope to hear from you soonest. I am waiting for your response. through my private

Yours Sick Sister in Christ,
Mrs. Yeety Bayarmaa

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Mrs. Muna Hariri (cancer scam)

This message is an example of the “dying widow scam.” “Muna Hariri” doesn’t have long to live and needs your help to give away her fortune. Who wouldn’t want to help a dying widow? Unfortunately, “Mrs. Muna” is really just a scammer, probably working out of a cheap Internet cafe somewhere in Africa, who really has just one goal: to pick your pocket.

Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2015
Reply-To: Muna Hariri
Subject: From Mrs Muna Hariri.

From Mrs Muna Hariri. I married to Late Mr.Ali, We are from France, but living in Republic Benin, my husband worked with our France Embassy here in Benin Republic for many years before he died in the year 2012. We were married for years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted two weeks. Before his death .

Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of ($1.500,000 000.00) in a Bank here , I have serious sickness which is cancer problem i am in this hospital for more than 8 months now having known my condition I decided to the fund donate these funds to you or any one that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.

Hoping to receive your Urgent and Positive response to enable me give you more details

Your Sister Mrs Muna Hariri

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Antoine Schmidt (scam warning)

Scams come in all languages and they are mailed to people all over the world. You don’t have to be able to read French to recognize that the message below is a standard dying-of-cancer scam message from someone who calls himself “Antoine Schmidt.”

Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2015
Subject: Lettre

Bien aimé,

Je me nomme Mr Schmidt Antoine née le 07 Janvier 1944 de nationalité Française. Je vous envoie ce présent message pour solliciter votre accord pour la réalisation d’un projet de donation que je souhaite accomplir depuis un bon moment.

Cela vous paraît peu suspect bien vrai que vous ne me connaissez pas et que je ne vous connais pas. J’ai un cancer qui est en phase terminale, mon médecin traitant vient de m’informer que mes jours sont comptés du fait de mon état de santé dégradé. Selon ce que le Docteur m’a justifié, une Boule s’installe présentement dans ma cage cérébrale, j’ai cette maladie depuis plus de 4 ans.

Je vous prie d’accepter ma donation. Je possède la somme de 850.000 Euro comme un don. Je vous prie d’accepter cette somme car elle pourra bien vous êtes très utile. Il faut me répondre si vous accepter mon offre directement par mon mail :

Je me sens très mal et j’ai très peur, je n’arrive presque pas à dormir la nuit comme la journée. Je ne peux pas mourir sans avoir fait don de toute cette somme sinon je pense que cela serait un gâchis.

Que Dieu reste avec vous.

Mon mail Direct à me répondre :

Here is an automated translation that shows this message has the typical format of cancer scam messages that are sent in all languages:


My name is Mr Anthony Schmidt born January 7, 1944 of French nationality. I send you this message for this request your agreement for a project donation I want to accomplish for some time.

Does that seem little suspect true that you do not know me and I do not know you. I have cancer which is terminal, my doctor just informed me that my days are numbered because of my health condition deteriorated. Depending on what the Doctor justified me, a ball moves currently in my brain cage, I have this disease for more than 4 years.

Please accept my donation. I own the sum of 850,000 Euro as a gift. I beg you to accept this amount as it may of you are very helpful. We must answer if you accept my offer by my mail:

I feel very bad and I am scared, I hardly sleep at night as the day. I can not die without having donated all this money otherwise I think it would be a mess.

May God be with you.

My email Direct answer :

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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.

The Dying Widow Cancer Scam

One of the most common types of advance fee frauds is the “widow dying of cancer” scam, and the format of the message below is typical. “Mrs. Nadia Edward” was married to a wealthy man who is now dead, and they have no children. “Mrs. Nadia” is herself now dying of cancer, and she needs help giving away her millions. She is a very religious person, so you know you can trust her. (These messages almost always include a religious component.) If you offer to assist her, she’ll tell you that you only need to send a small amount of cash to her so the funds can be released from the bank (maybe to bribe the corrupt bank officials), and then the millions will be on their way. Alas, if you go along, you’ll lose this “advance fee” and never hear from “Mrs. Nadia” again.

Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2015 03:37:22 +0900 (JST)
From: “Mrs, Nadia Edward”
Reply-To: “Mrs, Nadia Edward”
Subject: Dearest in Christ,

Dearest in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I’m Mrs.Nadia Edward the widow of late Mr Edward , I’m 74 year sold. I am a Christian convert, suffering from prolonged cancer of the breast, from all medical indications my condition has really deteriorated and it’s pretty obvious that i may not live for more than six months owning to the rapid growth by stage and the excruciating pain that accrues to it.

My husband was killed during the Gulf War,and our long years of marriage was not blessed with children. My husband was very wealthy.After his death I inherited all his business and funds. My doctor has diagnosed and told me privately what i should expect, building my spirit for the inevitable .He says i may not last for more than six months,based on this i have taken the decision to share part of my funds and wealth in contribution to the development of the Church and society with major focus on the poor, needy and victims of HIV/AIDS.

I selected you after visiting the website having prayed over it, I am willing to donate the sum of $6.300,000USD for your work in developing the Church and to help the poor, needy,and less privileged among your congregations/society. Please note that this fund is deposited in a bank in the country where my husband worked, My lawyer will file the application for the transfer of this money in your designated name and information’s, after my applications and instructions.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you. finally i honestly employ you to make sure that these funds are put to use only for this purpose, a good one you can agree with me,and remember these are the demands of a dieing woman who has a life in the lord. I now realize that wealth without life in Christ is vanity and non-sense.Always remember that.

May the grace and blessings of God be and remain with you.

I shall be awaiting for your response.

Mrs.Nadia Edward

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Barrister Gawain G. Roos

How could I not reply to someone with the marvelous name “Gawain G. Roos”? And especially since he’s so international, with a sender’s address in the US, a reply-to address in France, and a secretary in China. He says he contacted me before about the inheritance from his late client, but the only problem is … so many barristers have contacted me about so many inheritance claims, I can’t remember which client the distinguished Barr. Gawain is working for.

date Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 4:48 AM
subject Now Contact My Secretary

I am the Barrister who contacted you long ago for an Inheritance claims, regards to my late client.

I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund ransferred under the cooperation of a new partner from the United Emirate, Presently I’m in Dubai for an investment projects.

However you should contact my secretary in Cotonou  Benin Republic, with the following information, Mr. Jerry White E-mail Address ( Ask him to send you the Cashier’s Cheque,sum of ($1500,000.00)one million five Hundred Thousand Dollars , which I kept for your compensation, however he will attend to you without delay. Furthermore you should also re-confirm the following information to my secretary, to avoid wrong delivery.

1, Your Full Name…
2, Your Address……
3,Phone Num….

Best Regards

Barr Gawain G Roos

Wealthy Orphan Scams

This is a classic example of the wealthy orphan scam. A sad young woman (it’s almost always a woman) has been left alone in the world, or left alone with her younger siblings, because her parents have been murdered or poisoned by some evil power. But before her parents died, her father told her about the secret fortune he had deposited for her in a bank somewhere, and now the poor (rich) orphan needs your help to retrieve the money. She can tell you’re an honest person (playing to your vanity.) Won’t you help an orphan (you sucker)?

from: jenny marisa (
date: Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 6:52 AM


My name is Miss Jenny Marisa looking for a trustworthy, sincere and honest someone like you who can help me in this time of needs.

My father Mr Johnson Osy Marisa, during the civil and political crisis in our country, my parents together with my three sisters was poisoned by heartless elements that called themselves his brother and wicked relatives. Fortunately for me, I was in the school when this tragedy took place to my family. I was in coma for almost two weeks. But I thank the almighty God because I never knew that I could support the shock of losing almost my whole family. That is by the way. Right now I am still here in country but very unsafe for me. I’m living in great fear and bondage. I intend leaving this country as soon as possible but only one thing kept me back. My late father has deposited with one of the prime bank the sum of money, $5.2Million USD, for onward transfer to any bank abroad

But unfortunately he did not complete the transaction before he sudden died. I have all the documents concerns this money in the bank and receipt of deposit with which my late father made the deposit, I have mapped out 15% out of the total money for your help and assistances because it looks stupid for me trying to confide in a total stranger I never met before . By instinct I am convinced you are an honest person and you have the capacity to handle this transaction with me. As soon as it is done, I will come over with to meet you and spend the rest of my live in your country. I wish to invest the money into estate business and other good business you may propose. I promise to greatly compensate you for any assistance you may offer me. I do not know how you may feel about this but I want you to take this very serious and confidential. Down here, I am living in fear because enemies, uncles and wicked relatives of my parents are hunting for me. Please let me know your mind concerning my proposal to you, please contact me with this email private email for more details and information. (

May God bless you,

Miss jenny

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From the Desk of Mr Ahmed Muda

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This is a standard “abandoned account” scam featuring yet another bank customer who died in a plane crash. Does it really come from Burkina Faso? Perhaps. But that makes a good story, no? There’s one thing you can be sure of: “Mr Ahmed Muda” is after your money.

from: Mr Ahmed Muda (
date: Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 6:13 AM


Attention Please,

This message might meet you in utmost surprise, however,it’s just my urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction. I am a banker by profession from Burkina faso in west Africa and currently holding the post of Director Auditing and Accounting unit of the bank.

I have the opportunity of transfering the left over funds ($15.6million) of one of my bank clients who died along with his entire family on 21 july 2003 in a plane crash.You can confirm the genuiness of the deceased death by clicking on this web site

Hence,i am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be shared between us in the ratio of 60/30 while 10% will be mapped out for expenses.If you agree to my business proposal.further details of the transfer will be forwarded to you as soon as i receive your return mail,have a great day.

Make sure you keep this transaction as your top secret and make it confidential till we receives the fund into the account that you will provide to the bank. Do not disclose it to any body, because the secrecy of this transaction is as well as the success of it. REPLY TO

Yours faithfully,
Mr Ahmed Muda.

Mrs Villaran Nenita of the Philippines (Scam Alert)

The names have been changed, but the scam’s the same. The rich widow of a deposed official, this time from the Philippines, has deposited all her late husband’s cash in a secret trunk, and needs your help getting it out of the country. (But for some reason she’s sending her email from Slovakia and wants you to reply to France.)

The security company doesn’t know what’s in the trunk, so it should be an easy transaction. You’ll get 40% of $19.5 million — such a deal! Too bad it’s all a fraud, and she’ll pick your pocket and you’ll get nothing in return, because there is no money, no trunk, and no sad widow.

from: villaran nenita (
date: Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 7:51 AM
subject: From Mrs Villaran Nenita.

From Mrs Villaran Nenita.


I am Mrs Villaran Nenita a citizen of philippine,widow and legitimate heir to the late former Minister of finance who was assassinated for been working with the ex-president Joseph Estrada in philippine. I inherited a total sum of 19.5million USA Dollars from my late husband, The presure from my decease husband’s family for this money has compelled me to leave Manila and have the money which is concealed in a metallic trunk box deposited with a security and finance company under a secret arrangement as a family treasure.

This means that the security company does not know the content of this box that was shipped from the Philippine under a diplomatic coverage. My purpose of asking for your assistance boil down to the fact that I don’t want my late husband’s family to be aware of the amount involve. and the deposit information of the box authorized the company to make this box avaliable for shipment on request only to my foreign bussiness representative, though unname. Hence I want you to contact the security company as my bussiness partner to enable the company release the consigment to you diplomatically, while I join you on the arrival of the box.

I have recently paid all demurrage ,storage charges and the shipment fee, all you need to do is to help me contact the security company and introduce yourself as my bussiness foreign partner ,requesting the shipment of the box. And as soon as Diplomatic shipping agent approved the shipment and tell you the arrival date of the box, then I will join you to give you 40% of the money instantly before I go on with the proposed of investment in your country. Please if you are interested and willing to represent me as my bussiness foreign partner kindly write me as soon as possible.

Please you can contact me with this email/

I await your urgent response.

Best Regards,

Mrs. Villaran Nenita.

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