Sr. Diego De Martinez of Portugal (Scam Alert)

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This is a typical example of a “cancer scam” message. A rich businessman (so he says) is dying of cancer and wants your help in disposing of his fortune. Alas, there really is no rich businessman and no fortune: there’s just a scammer sending phony messages like this randomly to thousands of people (like you), hoping one of them will take the bait.

Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016
Subject: Dear Good Friend
From: “Sr. Diego De Martinez”

My Name is Sr. Diego De Martinez,

I am from Portugal I have been diagnosed with cancer. It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone (not even myself) but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for.

But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it.

I would want to have a Personal and Trustworthy Relationship with you, as I intend and willing to empower the change of ownership for the transfer of my Deposits to your personal possession for further Investment and Charity Disbursement to the Less Privilege and Homeless write me via my mail:

I will send you the photos of me and my very hopeless and selfish family a member, including my wife who I learnt is getting married to my personal friend and attorney, Thank you for your due consideration. God be with you. You can reach me through my private email address at

Yours Brother

Sr. Diego De Martinez

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Maria Coetzee Laurent (scam warning)

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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
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 ( I hope you will help me see that my last wishes come true.

Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Maria Coetzee Laurent

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Mrs. Elizabeth Schubert, Dying Widow (scam alert)

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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”
Subject: Urgent Reply Needed
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2015

No.36 Kinshasa Avenue, East Legon.,
Accra,Republic of Ghana.

Greetings !

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.
2, Widows.
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:

Get back to me for more details.

Mrs. Elizabeth Schubert

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Diplomat Michael Jones at JFK Airport (Scam Alert)

So who exactly is waiting for me at JFK Airport? Is it Diplomat Michael Jones or is it Diplomat Paul Tony? Or is it both? You would think scammers could display a little more originality, rather than just cutting and pasting the same story with the names changed. Couldn’t they have one Diplomat waiting at JFK and one waiting at LaGuardia? Or explain how Dr. Tony screwed up and Mr. Jones has been sent to replace him?

In truth, it would be fascinating to know if these messages were originating from the same individual scammer, or if different scammers, maybe even in different countries, were plagiarizing from one another. (Is there no honor among thieves?)

from: Mr. Mike Benson
date: Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 4:13 AM
subject: Re-Release of your Inheritance Fund Value US$6.4M.ii

From Mr. Mike Benson
The Director
International reconciliation committee UK

Attn: Beneficiary,

Re-Release of your Inheritance Fund Value US$6.4M.

The U.S.A Government, World Bank And United Nations Organization Official in conjunction with the Federal Government of Nigeria Has Approved to pay you part payment of your Contract/Inheritance Fund payment Valued at US$6.4M Via Diplomatic delivery.

This decision was made last week. With this development, the diplomats left 2 night ago and has arrived the JFK International Airport, New York and has been trying to locate you with the informations he has. He is presently at JFK International Airport there in the United States of America and before he can proceed to deliver the package (funds) to you, you have to reconfirm the following information so as to ensure that he is dealing with the right person.

1. Full Name
2. Address for delivery
3. Age
4. Occupation
5. Direct Telephone Numbers
6. A Copy of Your Identification.

He is the information of the diplomat for you to send him your the required information for verification via email:

Attention: Diplomat Michael Jones
JFK International Airport
Telephone: +12127846013
E-mail :

After verification of the information with what he has on file, he will contact you so that you people can make arrangements on the exact time to make delivery of your package to your nominated address. Send the requested information so that he can proceed.


Mr. Mike Benson
The Director
International reconciliation committee UK

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Andrew Howell of Barclays Bank (Scam Alert)

This is a standard next-of-kin scam message, presenting itself as coming from an official at Barclays Bank in the United Kingdom, but with return email addresses in Hong Kong and Portugal. Is that where the scammer is located? It’s not always possible to tell.

Scammers operate from free email accounts, and given the worldwide nature of the web, they can set these accounts up from anywhere. The scammer could be in almost any country. You can be sure he has only one purpose, however: to extract an advance fee for this supposed cash transfer, whereupon he’ll vanish, never to be heard from again.

from: Andrew Howell (
date: Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 5:22 PM
subject: Kindly Assist: Funds Transfer

Compliments of the Day,

Dear Sir,

I am Mr. Andrew Howell, a staff with Barclays Bank Plc UK. I decided to reach you directly to solicit your assistance and Guidelines in making a business investment and transfer a huge amount of GBP 15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million British Pounds Sterling Only). The fund is legitimate and has all confirmable legal documents to back this payment in your name legitimately. Thus, I need to solicit your permission, assistance and support; I propose an offer of 40% of the total amount to you . I presently work as an Account Director and in charge with all Offshore Mortgage & Services of our overseas brokers/investors with Barclays Bank Plc, London. The account has been dormant, and last operated many years ago. Nobody has done anything as regards to the claiming of this money, because the account owner has no family member or friends that have any knowledge, as to the existence of either the account or the funds; I have decided to find a reliable partner to deal with. My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as the Next of kin and beneficiary of this late client, that the proceeds of this account valued a huge sum shall be paid to you, and then we can share the amount on a mutually agreed percentage.

As at this moment, I am constrained to issue more details about this business until your response is received. Please take out a moment of your very busy Schedule today, to respond back if you are interested. Please send your response and direct telephone numbers via my email, for further explanations on source of funds and details of funds transfer. I wish for utmost confidentiality in handling this transaction. You can write me back with my private email address ( ) OR ( ) .

I await your immediate response,
Sincerely Yours,
Mr. Andrew Howell.

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Are You Dead Or Alive?

James Amadi wants to know if your dead or alive, because if you’re still alive he has some money for you (or so he says). He’s really looking out for your interests, because he thinks Mrs. Grace Jackson may be trying to scam you. Since he’s on your side you should feel free to contact him in … is it Portugal where he has one free email address, or in Hong Kong where he has another? I guess someone who is the Director of the Inter-switch Unit probably moves around a lot.

from: From The Desktop Of Mr. James Amadi (
date: Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 6:04 AM
subject: Re: Are You Dead Or Alive

From The Desk Of Mr. James Amadi
Director Inter-switch Unit.
Direct Tel:+234-706-292-3142

Attention Beneficiary,

Based on our investigation of your payment, we want to find out if you’re still alive or did you sign any deed of assignment with (Grace Jackson) to receive your fund,reply to us with:

Your Names:
Your Home/Office Address:
Your Phone #
Your Occupation:
Your Age/Sex:

This is because $5.6 Million has been approved in your favor for payment so get the above information to us fast unfailingly today or your fund will be released to Mrs. Grace Jackson.

Best Regards,

Mr. James Amadi
Chairman, Investigation and Debt Settlement Committee