According to this email, Mrs Betty Louise Kaechler from the USA is dying of cancer and wants to give you $7.5 million.
Supposedly, Betty has no family to leave the money to, so she wants you to take control of it on the condition that you will give 50% of the funds to orphanages in your country.
Betty instructs you to contact her via email to arrange transfer of the funds.
But, alas, the email is not from a dying widow intent on giving you a million dollar windfall. Instead, “Betty” is a scammer intent on separating you from your money and personal information.
If you reply, you will soon be told that you must send money to cover various expenses before the promised funds can be delivered to you. The scammer will insist that you must pay these fees in advance and cannot be taken from the fund itself.
If you go ahead and send the requested money, more such requests will likely follow. But, all of the money you send will be kept by the scammers and you are very unlikely to ever get it back. And, you will never receive the promised $7.5 million, which never existed to begin with.
Moreover, as the scam progresses, the criminals may trick you into supplying a large amount of your personal and financial information. After the scam runs its course and you stop sending the criminals your money, they may attempt to steal your identity using the information they have collected from you.
Advance fee scams like this one have been around for many years and predate the Internet. Nevertheless, people still fall victim to them every day.
Be wary of any message that claims that a stranger wants to give you are large sum of money.
Text of the scam email:
My name is Mrs. Betty Louise Kaechler, from USA, I have been suffering from ovarian cancer disease and the doctor says that I have just a short time to live. And for the past Twelve years, I have been dealing on gold exportation, before this disease crippled me down.
My late husband, Dr. Kaechler Tapsoba, a retired diplomat and one time minister of mines and Power in the republic of Burkina Faso. He made a lot of money from the sales of Gold and cotton while he was a minister, but we had no child of our own.
later my husband realized through a powerful man of God that it was evil course instituted by his brother in other to inherit his wealth, but before then it was too late, I and my husband agreed that he should remarry another wife but our religion did not permit it, while planning this my husband’s brother heard it and they planned and killed my husband at the tender age of 56, he died in the month of September 2001.
Now that I am very sick and according to the doctor, will not survive the sickness. The worst of it all is that I do not have any family members or children to inherit my wealth.I am writing this letter now through the help of the computer beside my sick bed.
I have $7.5 Million US Dollars deposited in ‘Central Bank Of Burkina Faso ‘BCEAO’ here in Burkina Faso and I am willing to instruct my bank to transfer the said fund to you as my foreign Trustee.
You will apply to the bank that they should release the fund to you, but you will assure me that you will take 50% of the fund and give 50% to the orphanages home in your country for my soul to rest after I have gone. In my next email, I will send you the copy of the Certificate of Deposit which will enable you apply to the bank and receive the money with ease.
Respond to me immediately for further details and instructions since I am in the end times of my life due to the ovarian cancer disease.
Hoping to receive your response as soon as possible.PLEASE AND PLEASE REPLY ME IN THE EMAIL OK (betty_kaechler@[removed])
Mrs. Betty Louise Kaechler.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!