Ok, as 419 spam goes, this one has a couple of new twists. First, it contains no html or graphics. It’s a straight text letter.
Second, it is not from a deposed monarch, nor from a dead dictator’s widow.
Rather, it appears to be from a Dubai businessman, who is writing from his deathbed in a Dubai hospital, and who wants to donate all of his money to charity. And he needs your help.
Did you get this letter? Don’t be taken in by it!
Here’s the letter:
This letter may come to you as a surprise due to the fact that we have not yet met. I have to say that I have no intentions of causing you any pains. As you read this, I don’t want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday.
My name is Larry Moore, a merchant in Dubai, in the U.A.E. I have been diagnosed with prostate and oesophageal cancer that was discovered very late due to my laxity in caring for my health. It has defied all forms of medicine and right now, I have only about a few months to live according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone not even myself but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focus on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it. Now that I know my time is near, I have willed and given most of my properties and assets to my immediate and extended family members and as well as a few close friends.
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I have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the U.A.E, London and Ireland. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this my self any more. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and donate the money, which I have there to charity organizations in Bulgaria, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contented with what I have left for them. The last of my money which is the huge cash deposit that I have with a security firm abroad .I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatch it to charity organizations.
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I am writing this from my laptop computer in my hospital bed where I wait for my time to come. I pray that God uses you to support and assist me with good heart.
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