It’s your lucky day!July 18th, 2011 at 11:20 am by Jamie Bastas under 10 On Your Side, Scam Alert
You’ve all seen unwanted e-mails arrive in your inbox promising thousands of dollars you weren’t expecting, a trust fund from the family member you didn’t know you had and the job opportunity you didn’t know you were looking for. This morning a co-worker received a spam e-mail unlike any I’ve ever seen before, so I thought I would share it with the blogosphere in hopes no one will fall for a scam like this one. In the e-mail below the woman claims to be dying from cancer and wants to give YOU a $9.8M charity donation. WOW! It must be your lucky day… ummm, I don’t think so!
My name is Mrs. Maria Pierre. I am 63 years old. I am a dying woman who has decided to donate what I have to you for charity/ motherless babies/less privileged in the world. I was diagnosed for cancer for about 2 years ago. I have been touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my late husband to you for good work of God. I have asked God to forgive me and believe he has because he is a merciful God. I will be going in for an operation next week.
I got your contact from a business directory and picked you randomly for this project. I decided to donate the sum of US$9.8 Million dollars to you for the good work of God. I know this may come as a surprise to you as you do not know me at all but I have prayed over this and out of all the contacts I was able to get from the internet, the holy spirit has directed me to donate these funds to you. I do not want to take credit for any of these as life is vanity. We came to this world empty and will surely return back to the lord empty. I have lived my life in sin and have prayed to God to forgive my sins. At the moment I cannot take any telephone calls right now due to the fact that my relatives (That have squandered the funds I gave them for this purpose before) are around me and my health status also.
If you will accept this offer, I will be very grateful. My family lawyer will make take care of the legal procedure to complete the transfer of the funds to you. I want you to reply me with your full name, address and telephone number so that I can give it to my lawyer. Once I receive your response, I will also give you my lawyers contact details for you to open communication with him. All I ask of you is to make sure that you use this money for the work of God and service to humanity. I know I don’t know you but I have been directed to do this by God. I wish you all the best and may the good God bless you abundantly as you work toward this humanitarian mission.
Lastly, I want you to pray for me regarding my health, because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition without God in one’s life is vanity upon vanity. If you have to die, says the Lord: keep fit and I will give you the crown of life. I believe we serve the same God and that we are all going back to him when we die. May the Grace of our Lord, the love of God, and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you now and forever more, Amen. You can reply directly to my email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your sister in the lord
Mrs. Maria Pierre
While I hate to think that my co-worker is passing up an easy $9.8M, I truly believe this is a scam waiting to happen. So make sure you turn on your spam filters and tweak your junk e-mail settings, so e-mails like this one won’t make their way to your inbox.