Everytime when we least expect it, we would find some of these mails in
our Inbox and saying that someone has a large amount of money waiting
to be transferred. Isn’t that a dream come true? But it remains a dream
because all of these emails are SCAMS.
Our visitor wrote:
you tell me if this is some kind of scam I should be wary of? The only
thing I can figure is it could be an attempt to get my bank account
information as they say they will transfer the money into my account.
If I refuse to give them that info and insist they send me a certified
cashier’s check in advance of sending the orphan here, what risks would
there be with that, other than the “orphan” might be real and I’ll be
stuck with a kid to raise?Has anyone else had an experience receiving
this email? I’m inclined to think it might be legit! “
In fact, the storyline isn’t really fresh. Someone has to die for some reason, leaving a huge amount of money behind. And for some (stupid) reasons again, the money has to be transferred to a total stranger (aka YOU).
Most of us would have dismissed this as a scam without reading on, but some would think “why not”, this could be an opportunity that should not be missed. Well, they would soon find out that they would rather have missed this “opportunity” than risking their bank account.
The priority of these scammers is to rip you at least a small sum of several hundred dollars for a start. You may not think that is alot for risk-taking. But that is what they are after.
After the first successful attempt, they may ask for more money, for more new stupid reasons, e.g. legal problems, additional clearance fees, etc.
In 419 and lottery scams, this is how several transactions of few hundred or thousand dollars each can accumulate to several 10s of thousands. Elderly folks are ripped off by such scams. Beware!
From: MRS.KATE DOUGLAS
Date: 9/25/2008 10:52:54 AM
Subject: ABOUT MY SON JOHNSON
I believe you will treat this mail with the fear of God. It is with tears that I am writing you this mail, I don’t need your pity, but love to my son. My mail may seem very painful and sorrowful, but there is more you can do in my request than to pity me, which is to show LOVE to my son. I am an orphan and do not wish my son to experience what I have been through on Earth.
My name is Kate Douglas,married to the late James Douglas,who died with our two daughters in Indonesia on 26th of December 2004 during the Tsunami Disaster, Please go to website:http://www.guardian.co.uk/gall/0,,1380645,00.html, Since after this painful and sorrowful incident,my cancer sickness got worst and I have been suffering from heart failure,hearing problem and hypertitis.I was ignored by my friends due to my relationship with God on sickbed. At p resent, my only means of communicating with people around me is through body language and writing.
I, my husband and our children have been in United Kingdom for a long time. We all were suppose to travel to Indonesia in 2004 December, but
my bad health, did not permit me to travel with them, which made me and my son stay behind while my husband and our two daughters travelled.If not, all of us would have perished in the disaster.
My reason of writing you this mail is due to the sad news that came to me recently from the doctors. After my last diagnose result, it was proved by the doctors that I may not leave for more than one month ahead,due to the damage the cancer have caused in my system unless I undergo an urgent surgical operation which my chance of survival is less than 10% according to the medical experts. As it stands, I have given to fate and have found God on sick bed. But I have a more concern problem,which is why I have contacted you.
Please, this is about my son, his name is Johnson. Since it is now obvious that I will die,my son’s future have been the greatest problem I have.I want you to take care of my son please. He is only 10years and we have no person here to take care of him if I die today,I was deserted by my friends for knowing God.
My Husband left some money (About $12,000,000.00 usd) in a deposit house at United Kingdom at Abbey National Bank Plc, of which I was
made the next of Kin/Beneficiary, which I intended to use for investment in Indonesia.
I want you to take this money and my son. Use the money into a big investment, that you will manage until my son grows up to take over the investment. I will like you to take johnson as your own son, give him the love we the parents would have given him. Do not let him feel the pains of being an orphan,give him good education, bring him up into a responsible man. Make him have the fear of God. Please do not refuse this t ask.I have no one else to help me out on this issue, I am an orphan who grew up without knowing God rather focused on wealth and otherwise,living a life of fantasy .Do not pity me, rather take good care of him and bring him up to be God fearing.
As soon as I receive your reply and personal details, that is :
(1) YOUR FULL NAME
(2) RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS
consenting to my proposition, I will authorize my bank to transfer the money to your account directly and I will also draw up my WILL in your favour . This will be made with the assistance of my Late husbands attorney.
You do not have to pay any fees to the Attorney for that I will take care of.
Also, I will give the bank all the documents that is covering the deposit with the bank, I will transfer every power and right of ownership to you stating at my Will to enable you claim the deposit from the bank.It will be also included in the Will that you are the only person my son should be released to, if i die. All I need is your acceptance and assurance that you will not treat my son badly.I am writing you this mail with great tears and I pray you will be kind & honest with the fear of God concerning this mail to you today.
Please reply this mail immediately if you have the love and care of
God at: firstname.lastname@example.org
About my son Johnson