“Dearest in the Lord” – Yes, it’s a scam

Ever get an email like this?

I am Mrs Julie Mayo from United Kingdom. However I know this message may come to you as a surprise, please consider this with all seriousness as I solicit your assistance in the most polite language.
I went through your profile and counted you worthy for this project. I am a dying woman who had decided to donate what I have to Charities. I am 63 years old by age, and was diagnosed of cancer about two years ago immediately after the death of my husband, Life for me in this world is not that important again since we are passing our life in this world so we can have a place in heaven. I have been touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my late husband for the good work of God, rather than allow his relatives to use my husband’s hard earned funds ungodly.
As I lay on my sick bed, I want you to help me in carrying out my last wish on earth which will be very profitable to you. I want to donate a total sum of ($5.2 Million United States Dollars) to you which I want you to distribute part of it to any charity organisation and for your kindness on this project you are to carry out, I am offering you 30% while 70% of the fund will go to any Charity organizations of your choice for me, please I am looking forward to hearing from you soon so that I can give you more details.
Regards,
Mrs Julie

Guess what? It’s a scam.

Millions of these fraudulent emails are blasted out all over the world from internet cafes in Nigeria, Eastern Europe, and other countries where people have very little money and even fewer morals.

Bad grammar, awkward English, and anything referring to millions of dollars to be split by percentage are red flags for advance-fee fraud, at which so many Africans are supremely adept. The Nigerians even have a song about “the game” – somehow they think that since they’re poor and you’re rich, anything they can get from you is fair game.

There is no money for you in Africa or anywhere else. Never respond to emails like this, unless you’re happy to give your hard-earned resources to criminals.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

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