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May 23

A new twist on the 419/Nigerian scam

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We have just had an email from an alleged dying woman asking us to help her distribute her $12 million fund to charity, bagging us 25% of it. How nice! How thoughtful! How remarkable that, being a complete stranger, she trusts us so completely.

Here’s the text of the email so that you can recognise it if you get it yourself:

“Dear Friend.

Good day and God bless you. I feel quite safe and satisfy dealing with you in his charity project.Though, this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest, surest and most secured medium of communication. However, this correspondence is purely private, and it should be treated as such.

As you read this, I don’t want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday. My name is MRS.LILIAN JONES, a merchant in Dubai, in the U.A.E. I have been diagnosed with Esophageal 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. Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close friends.

I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to give aims to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the U.A.E, Algeria and Malaysia. Now that
my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them.

The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of TWELVE MILLION DOLLARS $12,000,000,that I have with a finance/Security Company abroad. I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity organizations.

I have set aside 25% for you and for your time if you want to help me to collect this Funds and also invest this money.

N.B-PLEASE I WILL ADVICE YOU TO CONTACT THE LAWYER IN NETHERLANDS IMMEDIATELY, HE DOES EVERYTHING ON MY BEHALF AND HE’S VERY UNDERSTANDING AND I BELIEVcE HE WILL LEAD YOU TO YOUR SUCCESS IN JESUS NAME AMEN.

Name: BARRISTER.Peter Stevens Email: [email protected]

Remain blessed in the name of the Lord. Yours in Christ,

Mrs.Lilian Jones”

Hmm. It is, of course, a variation on the ‘Nigerian scam’ or ‘419 scam’ where they try to hook you in with promises of astounding riches, get your bank details, get friendly and then take all your money.

Needless to say, just ignore it. Press delete and remind yourself that any stranger offering eye-watering amounts of money for nothing has to be a scam artist.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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Vaughan
Vaughan

Gumtree is a site which was originally set up for Aussie and Kiwi backpackers looking to find accomodation or casual work. Over the years it has developed into an enormous and comprehensive city by city free marketplace for buying,selling and advertising goods and services, and is now owned by Ebay. However, contrary to Ebay’s stringent and sometimes apparent draconian rules about selling fake items and the suchlike, Gumtree is absolutely jam packed with scammers of all descriptions. I would like to particularly draw your attention to the rented accomodation scam. My partner and I were desparately looking for a three… Read more »

Vaughan
Vaughan

Gumtree is a site which was originally set up for Aussie and Kiwi backpackers looking to find accomodation or casual work. Over the years it has developed into an enormous and comprehensive city by city free marketplace for buying,selling and advertising goods and services, and is now owned by Ebay. However, contrary to Ebay’s stringent and sometimes apparent draconian rules about selling fake items and the suchlike, Gumtree is absolutely jam packed with scammers of all descriptions. I would like to particularly draw your attention to the rented accomodation scam. My partner and I were desparately looking for a three… Read more »

M Johnson
M Johnson

What a coincidence! These people with the same surname and $14.7m are still dying. Curiously my letter is dated 30th May and arrived today. My namesake died in a horrible crash in China. So sad. Mr Xu Zhou says he is Business Relations Manager for Chiyu Banking Corporation so I assume his business is making up relations.

M Johnson
M Johnson

What a coincidence! These people with the same surname and $14.7m are still dying. Curiously my letter is dated 30th May and arrived today. My namesake died in a horrible crash in China. So sad. Mr Xu Zhou says he is Business Relations Manager for Chiyu Banking Corporation so I assume his business is making up relations.

N Summerfield
N Summerfield

Another one started,through the post.received this morning ,apparently person with same surname has died in China?left 14.7M.Chiyu banking corp,ltd.says it will split the money between us,this they say happens every time.have to ring them immediately.The bank of Dalian will contact me.afterwards,

N Summerfield
N Summerfield

Another one started,through the post.received this morning ,apparently person with same surname has died in China?left 14.7M.Chiyu banking corp,ltd.says it will split the money between us,this they say happens every time.have to ring them immediately.The bank of Dalian will contact me.afterwards,

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