Scam Email received 12/24/2019
Mrs. Grace Howell Reid.
Peace from the Lord be with you and your Family.
Peace from the Lord be with you and your Family. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Friend, It is good to be in contact with you even though this medium of communication (internet) has been grossly abused by criminal minded people making it difficult for people with genuine struggle to correspond and exchange views without skepticism. Receiving this message might sound as a surprise to you, please do accept it as a blessing from God made possible through a woman with a good and sincere heart towards the poor orphans. Through these projects millions will be positively touched as with God nothing is impossible. I have this strong desire to help the poor orphans suffering each day, but this dream cannot be realized as a result of my health, which does not improve, hence I do not know whether I will survive having undergone different surgical operations, which has kept me hospitalized. Right now, life gives me no choice, but to answer the call (death); my prayers each day is to have a place in Heaven. I have suffered a lot as a result of this incurable sickness (terminal cancer)! Above all, I do not have a child as a result of my sterility. The only help I need from you at this point is to be in constant prayers with me as I believe you have an open heart towards the poor orphans and do believe in GOD May the good Lord give you the spirit to understand the contents of my message to you, as i will highly appreciate to have your positive response. I am Mrs.Grace Howell Reid a 71 years old woman from Indonesia. I am married to Late Engr. Howell Reid, who was the Chief Executive Director of a Cotton Producing Company for sixteen years before he died in the year 2017. I and my beloved late husband were married for thirty six years with-out a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his sudden death, we were converted Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home because it is against my promise to my late husband. When my late husband was alive, he placed a large sum of $7.5Million U.S. Dollars in a fixed deposit account, and advised me before he died that he used my name as the next of kin and the beneficiary of the fund. Recently, my Doctor told me that i have serious sickness which is (terminal cancer) and having known my condition now, I have decided to donate this fund to Someone with sincerity that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a Someone like you that will use this fund for the helping of the orphanage homes, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained. The word of God made me to understand that one should use whatever gift he has received from Him to serve others. I took this decision because I don’t have any child that will inherit this money and I don’t want my husband’s efforts to be in vain. I don’t want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. As soon as I receive your reply in acceptance to work according to my instructions herein, I will send you a letter of authorization through my lawyer which will be submit to the bank for the fund release to you for charity purpose. I am hoping to receive your urgent reply in acceptance to work according to my instructions herein, via my email address ( email@example.com ) and i pray you remain blessed in the Lord. Remain Blessed. From Yours Sincerely, Mrs. Grace Howell Reid. Mrs. Grace Howell Reid. – firstname.lastname@example.org
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