Okay everyone, here’s your chance at riches. Millions of dollars await you and today, is your lucky day. When you woke up this morning you had no idea the good fortune that was about to happen to you, yet surprise, there in your inbox is the ship you’ve been waiting for.
Or, is it.
Many of you may have seen these emails before. Some person, (who you have never heard of) somehow got YOUR “email address” and due to some unfortunate circumstances, the only way they have to get a hold of you is via email.
And why are they getting a hold of you? Because they have millions of dollars and today is apparently your lucky day because, they want to give it to you.
Now, before you get excited, I am not dying. Well, I suppose technically I am, but not because I have a sickness or a disease, I am dying just like you are from that (life’s) certainty we’ve all been given called, old age. Apparently though, not everyone is as lucky as we are. See, earlier this morning we received the following email in our inbox and here’s what the email said:
(FOR HUMANITARIAN PROJECT)
Please excuse this humble email if it offends your sensibilities, but I have no other means to contact you. I cannot talk on the telephone, so I did a search for your email address, which I found on the international directorate email data search. I am Mrs. Nicole Benoite Marois, A Christian widow who is dying of esophageal cancers.
Recently, My Doctor told me that I have few months to live due to cancer problem, But I have been touched by God to donate an amount of money Inherited from my late husband Mr. Le Blanc Marois, to you for the good work of God on Charity” and Helping the Orphanage. My husband derived his fortune by successfully dealing on Gold dust business in the early 1980’s. Presently, this money is still with the bank and the management just wrote me as the next of kin that the account has been dormant and it will in my own interest to come forward to sign for the release of this fund only known to me and my late husband or rather issue an authorization letter to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I cannot come over. Unfortunately, I am in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer and I have lost my ability to talk, and my doctors have told me that I have only few months to live. It is my last wish to see this money distributed to any charitable organizations anywhere in the World. Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my illness, please i beg you in the name of God to help me Stand and collect the money from the bank.
I want a person that is God fearing that will use this money US$7.2 Million Dollars to fund churches, orphanages and widows propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth and of which I took this decision because I don’t have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians. I will give you the contact of Bank Manager for the releasing of the fund to you. I will appreciate your utmost honest in this matter until the task is accomplished as I don’t want anything that will jeopardize this humanitarian charity project.
Hoping to receive your reply on my private email id here (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
Mrs. Nicole Benoite Marois.
Sounds pretty convincing doesn’t it? This poor lady (Mrs. Nicole) has only a few months to live and her rotten relatives have plundered much of her wealth, so, naturally she thought of you. Yes, you and if you just reply to her, she’ll begin the process of sending you her fortune of $7.2 million dollars to continue “God’s work”.
Now, I shouldn’t have to tell you this, but yes, this is a scam. These emails typically come from Nigeria, while some have origins in other remote places of the world. There is no God fearing person named Mrs. Nicole Benoite Marois who is going to give you $7.2 million dollars. Sorry, but yeah, not going to happen.
We are sharing this email with you to give you a heads up. Believe it or not, thousands of people fall for this emotionally charged sympathetic scam all the time. The only person who makes money though, is the crook behind the email. No money gets put into your bank account, it comes out of your bank account.
In order to “send you” the millions of dollars, they’re going to need access to your bank account. You will also have to send them wire fees, paperwork fees, import fees and (God) only knows what else, in order to get your millions of dollars. Don’t fall for it.
Like in our article last week titled “Knock Knock, I’m Slim Shady, The Real Slim Shady”, no one is going to give you millions of dollars via email. This is just another way crooks and creeps try and take advantage of people and, you’d be surprised how many people give in to these tactics.
If you receive an email like this, please don’t fall for the scam. Yes, the thought of having millions of dollars may be appealing to some, yes the story is touching, but it’s all just one big fat lie. Ignore it, delete it, and if it makes you real mad, send it to the Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, or, the Attorney General of your state.
Be smart out there everyone. The days of “if it looks like a duck, smells like a duck and walks like a duck” proving that it is in fact a duck, are long gone.
Odds are, it’s not a duck.