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Have you received an email from "Mrs. Elizabeth Pearl Cole", who says "I am the above named person undergoing medical treatment in London, England. I am married to Dr.Martins Smith Cole who worked with British Railway Commission in Chelsea England for over three decades before he died on 5th of July in the year 2003. We were married for fifteen years without a child."? 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 "Mrs. Elizabeth Pearl Cole", needs YOUR help to "use this to fund and provide succor to poor and indigent persons, orphanages, and above all those affected in the Tsunami disaster in far Asia, the hurricane victims in the US and earthquake victims in Pakistan." Who writes like this? Scammers in Nigeria, that's who. Odd that they'd pick a total stranger, in a foreign country to trust their money to, don't you think?
Of course, it is a scam. Don't reply to it.
From: MRS ELIZABETH COLE < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 10:19:41 AM
Subject: DEAR BELOVED
May God be Praised!!!
Mrs. Elizabeth Pearl Cole
26 Kesington Court, London,
I am the above named person undergoing medical treatment in London, England. I am married to Dr.Martins Smith Cole who worked with British Railway Commission in Chelsea England for over three decades before he died on 5th of July in the year 2003. We were married for fifteen years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for two weeks.
Before his death, he made a vow to use his wealth for the down trodden and the less privileged in the society.And since his death,I have been trying to get someone I can trust to help me execute his wish,hence my sending you this mail. When my late husband was alive, he deposited the sum of ($10.9 million dollars) in a Vault with a Security/Finance House in London and it is still with them till date.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I have a very short time to live due to cancer related problems but what disturbs me most though,is the stroke I had recently. Having known my condition, I decided to donate this fund to an individual or better still a God fearing person who will utilize this money in the way I am going to instruct herein. I want an individual that will use this to fund and provide succor to poor and indigent persons, orphanages, and above all those affected in the Tsunami disaster in far Asia, the hurricane victims in the US and earthquake victims in Pakistan.
I understand that blessed is the hand that giveth; I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband's relatives are not inclined to helping poor persons and I do not want my husband's hard earned money to be misused or spent in the manner in which my late husband did not specify. I do not want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner, hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death since I know where I am going,to be with GOD.
I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Almighty. I do not need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health, and because of the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I do not want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Security/Finance House in London.
I will also issue them a letter of authority and change of ownership certificate,that will empower you as the original beneficiary of this fund, through my Lawyer. I want you to always pray for me. My happiness is that I lived a life worthy of emulation.Whosoever that wants to serve the Almighty must serve him with all his heart and mind and soul and also in truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for another individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act according to my instructions herein. Hoping to hear from you. Thank you and may the Almighty bless you.
Mrs. Elizabeth Pearl Cole