According to this email, 79-year-old, “Abigail” wants to give you $5.7 million to distribute to charity.
Supposedly, the person has cancer and may not survive an upcoming operation. So, claims the email, she wants to donate all of her assets to you so that you can use it to assist the underprivileged.
The message asks you to contact a lawyer via email to arrange the transfer of the funds to your account.
But, alas, the email is just another advance fee scam. The message is not from a rich woman intent on giving you her fortune. There is no $5.7 million.
If you fall for the lie and contact the “lawyer”, you will soon be asked to send money to cover various fees and expenses supposedly associated with the transfer of the fund. If you do send money as requested, further demands for money will follow.
After they have taken as much money as they can form you, the scammers will disappear and you will no longer be able to contact them. It is extremely unlikely that you will get your money back even if you contact the police. And, of course, you will never get the promised million dollar donation, which never existed to begin with.
If you gave the scammers your personal and financial information, they may also be able to steal your identity.
Advance fee scams like this one are very common and take many forms.
An example of the scam email:
My name is Abigail Lucas aged 79 living in south Africa immigrated from USA, I have spent my married life hear with my late husband ten years ago after my husband’s death I was diagnosed with kidney (renal cell) cancer luckily my husband left everything for me now I have decided to donate all my assets to you for charity purpose to assist the underprivileged, and widows in your country I am donating $5, 7 million. I feel at peace donating to you for this cause, I don’t know if I will win my battle with cancer, tomorrow morning.
I will be having an operation , I am uncertain whether I will service this ,in case I do not service this operation I would like to wish you luck with the funds I have deposited in your account , unfortunately I will not be able to take your call at this point in time due to the current turn of events in my life as my health has declined me I am unable to have the privilege of privacy as my relatives are always around me ,my lawyer and I have already adjusted my will ,everything I have will be left to you in the event of my death , as I am deceased my lawyer will arrange the transfer of my funds to your account ,bellow are my lawyers details.
Full name: Barrister Edmond Johan Shaka,
Mr.Edmond Johan Shaka has been instructed to release a total of $5, 7 million up on receiving an email from you with the reference number provided below: Law/chamber/pz/ud/ WILL/qa5786531This guarantees that the funds will be made available to you and nobody else, everything will go smoothly as Mr. Shaka has given me great service for 20 years, However, I would appreciate your confidentiality in the matter until the funds have been released into your account. Good luck with your cause and I trust that the funds I have donated will be well used to promote the wellbeing of others.
May the Lord bless you with health, wealth, abundance and happiness.
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!