The “sick woman scam” is a standard type of advance fee fraud, and the message below is a good example. A wealthy dying widow (who you’ve never heard of) needs your help to distribute millions of dollars before she dies. For your assistance she’ll be glad to cut you in. Like all advance fee frauds, the scam involves having you send an “advance fee” to help transfer the money to your bank account. Once the scammers have got the advance fee in their hands they vanish, leaving no trace behind other than the hole in your pocket.
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2015 04:33:24 -0500 (PET)
From: Ruber Alva Julca email@example.com
Please only contact me through my personal email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am Mrs Leah Mitchell,suffering from cancerous ailment.I was married to Mr.Edward Mitchell,my husband worked with Chevron/Texaco in the United Kingdom for twenty years before he died in the year 2005.My late husband deposited the sum of 17.5 Million (Seventeen million five Hundred Thousand Pounds) with a Bank in United Kingdom.
Recently,my Doctor told me that I have limited days to live due to the stroke and cancerous problems I am suffering from. I have decided to donate this fund to you. and want you to use this husbands effort to fund the upkeep of widows and charities worldwide.I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy persons and I do not want my husband’s hard earned money to be misused.
Awaiting your urgent reply via my email.address: email@example.com
With God all things are possible.
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