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Have you received an email from "Madam Susan Cole", who says "Here writes Madam Susan Cole, suffering from cancerous ailment. I am married to Watson Cole 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 "Madam Susan Cole", needs YOUR help to ensure that "my husband's hard earned money to be misused or invested into ill perceived ventures". 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.
Note that there are two examples of this scam, one below on this page, and another on this page.This demonstrates how scammers morph their scams over time, in an attempt to avoid detection via searches and filters, and to try more effective ploys.
From: MADAM SUSAN COLE [mailto: email@example.com ]
Sent: Sunday, January 28, 2007 11:15 PM
Subject: FOR THE LESS PRIVILEGED(PLEASE RESPOND)
Madam Susan Cole.
23, Hawley Crescent,
London, NW1 8NP,
Here writes Madam Susan Cole, suffering from cancerous ailment. I am married to Watson Cole 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 5 Million (Five Million Great Britain Pounds Sterling which were derived from his vast estates and investment in capital market with A Bank here in UK. 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 husbands effort to fund the upkeep of widows, widowers, orphans, destitute, the down-trodden, physically challenged children, barren-women and persons who prove to be genuinely handicapped financially.
It is often said 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 relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy persons and I do not want my husband's hard earned money to be misused or invested into ill perceived ventures.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank. I will also issue you a Letter of Authority that will empower you as the original beneficiary of this fund. My happiness is that I lived a life worthy of emulation. Please always be prayerful all through your life. Please assure me that you will act just as I have stated herein. Hope to hear from you soon and God bless you and members of your family. Reply to my mail through my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Madam Susan Cole.