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The Nigerian Scam, Continued

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:05 am    Post subject: The Nigerian Scam, Continued Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure one of these days someone will write a doctoral thesis on the Melodrama of Nigerian scams. Consider: Widow dying of cancer; former husband, knight of the realm (that scammers even think of including such easy stuff to disprove is baffling); purple prose ("the cold hand of death", "fruit of the womb", "uplift the down-trodden", etc.); appeal to religiosity, mangled English, etc.

Not to mention that such scams are refreshingly creaky in the more sophisticated age of phishing. Here is the masterpiece in question:

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From Mrs Mason Scott
26 Scammington Court,
London, WE LIE,
England.

I am Mrs.Mason Scott, an English woman who is suffering from
cancerous ailment. I am married to Sir Jim Scott who also is an Englishman though dead now. My husband worked with the British Railways for over two decade before the cold hand of death took him away on the 3rd of december 2004 at about 2:00AM. Our marriage lasted for over a decade without any fruit of the womb.

My husband died after a protracted illness. My husband and I made a vow to uplift the down-trodden and the less-privileged individuals within the United Kingdom, Europe, North and South America, Africa and the rest of the globe 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 10 Million (Ten Million Great Britain Pounds Sterling in a security company in europe).

Presently, this money is still with the Bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that I have a limited or numbered days on earth and that my life span will not exceed 150days 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 a non-governmental, or a non religious, and or a non profit organization or better still an individual, that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in.

I want a non governmental, or a non religious, and or a non profit organization or better still an individual, that will use this gift which comes from my husbands sweat to fund the upkeep of widows, widowers, orphans, destitute, the down-trodden, physically challenged children, barren-women and
persons who prove to be gen uinely 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. 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 hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be with the Almighty when I eventually pass on. The Almighty
will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I do not need any
telephone communication in this regard due to my deteriorating health and because of the presence of my husband's relatives around me. 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 bank in Europe.

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. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for a non-governmental, or a non religious, and or a non profit organization or better still an individual for this same purpose. 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.

Mrs. Mason Scott.
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