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Have you received an email from "Lady Helen Crawford", who says she is "suffering from cancerous ailment. I was married to Sir William Crawford an Englishman who is dead."? And what follows is a convoluted sob story of one misery after another, along with a healthy dose of gibberish, spelling errors, terrible gram, syntax and punctuation, not exactly befitting an extremely wealthy person. And now, poor bereaved "Lady Helen Crawford", needs YOUR help to donate this fund to you and want you to use this gift which comes from my Late husbands effort to establish a charity home called "Crawford Charity Foundation" for the upkeep of the down- trodden and persons who prove to be genuinely handicapped financially.. Just contact her lawyer, barrister, attorney, esq, (etc. and redundantly) Paul Westley. Odd that they'd pick a total stranger, in a foreign country to trust their money to, don't you think? Their own families must be furious!
We call these the "Lady" scams; they all come from a "Lady So-and-so" who "suffers from cancerous ailment". Of course, it is a scam. Don't reply to it.
From: Lady Helen Crawford [mailto: email@example.com ]
Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2007 8:16 AM
Subject: MY WISH......."Crawford Charity Foundation"
Lady Helen Crawford.
38 Old Church Street,
Here writes Lady Helen Crawford, suffering from cancerous ailment. I was married to Sir William Crawford an Englishman who is dead. My husband was into private practice all his life before his death. Our life together as man and wife lasted for three decades without child. My husband died after a protracted illness. My husband and I made a vow to uplift the down-trodden and the less-privileged individuals as he had passion for persons who can not help themselves due to physical disability or financial predicament. I can adduce this to the fact that he needed a Child from this relationship, which never came.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of Twenty Five Million Pounds (25,000,000.00 Million Great Britain Pounds Sterling) which were derived from his vast estates and investment in capital market with his bank here in UK(all records kept by my family lawyer). Presently, this money is still with the Bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that I have limited days to live due to the cancerous problems I am suffering from.
Though what bothers me most is the stroke that I have in addition to the cancer. With this hard reality that has befallen my family, and me I have decided to donate this fund to you and want you to use this gift which comes from my Late husbands effort to establish a charity home called "Crawford Charity Foundation" for the upkeep of the down- trodden and persons who prove to be genuinely handicapped financially.
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 hard earned money to be misused or invested into ill perceived ventures. Hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I do not need any telephone communication in this regard due to my deteriorating health and also because of the presence of my husband relatives around me. I do not want them to know about this development.
I cannot give this fund to anybody here in England because my Husband relatives have people in high places and will frustrate all attempts within this country. Moreso they do not know about this Twenty Five Million Pounds sterling deposit that my husband made. Presently, this deposit is known by I, our family lawyer and now you.
Contact my family lawyer Barrister Paul Westley (ESQ) with this specified email address email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tell him that I have WILLED £25,000,000 to you by quoting my personal reference number Law/chamber/solicitors/rt/osb/WILL/9834520012 and I have also notified him that I am WILLING that amount to you for a specific and good work.
Please, assure me that you will act just as I have stated herein. Hope to hear from you that you have contacted my family lawyer with the email address above as he is waiting to receive your reply.
Remain blessed your Sister,
Lady Helen Crawford