From the moment I saw "Dear Sir/Madam" in my email early on Saturday morning after having been awakened numerous times by the little kids throughout the night, I knew I'd found a kindred spirit.
"Can I trust you?" he asked earnestly.
I'd like to think he could. I mean, I mostly do what I'm supposed to do in life and teach my children to do the same. With the exception of sneaking a cookie when their mom's not looking, I am about as rock solid a person as I know.
Peter Van Edgar wrote me to share with me that he was dying from cancer and he needed me to help disperse $14 million to charity, save for the 15% I get due to my efforts. He apparently can't trust his relatives as they are simply in it for the money which of course is why he was asking me if I was trustworthy.
I was so moved by his goals that I immediately did a Google search of Peter Van Edgar to learn about the wonderful charitable work he had previously undertaken before becoming beset with "Esophageal Cancer which was discovered very late, due to my laxity in caring for my health. It has defiled all forms of medicine, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts."
Apparently, Mr. Van Edgar is a modern medical miracle. You see he sent out this exact email to numerous people back in the spring of 2012. Instead of having a few months to live, he's apparently had nearly two years.
I wonder what else he's not telling me. Does that make me untrustworthy for his purposes? I hope so.
Just hit delete.
From: Peter Van Edgar [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, February 22, 2014 5:58 AM
Subject: Can i trust you with Charity funds for the under-privileged..
As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday.My name is Peter Van Edgar, a merchant in Dubai, in the U.A.E.I have been diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer which was discovered very late, due to my laxity in caring for my health. It has defiled 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 care 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 care 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 God has called me, 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.
I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul and so, I have decided to give alms to charity organizations and give support and comfort to the less privileged in our societies, 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, Algeria and Malaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this my self anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization and to the less privileged in Bulgaria and Pakistan, 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 no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of fourteen million dollars($14m) that I have with a Bank in Europe for safe keeping.
I will want you to help me collect this deposit and disburse it to some charity organizations and to the less privileged.
N/B:Kindly note that 35% of this funds must go to victims of Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Wilma and South Asia Earthquake,50% to other Charity Organizations around the World and 15% for your effort and time.
I cannot talk with you on the phone due to my health situation, as I am using my laptop to communicate with you. You should respond to this e-mail. If you are interested in carrying out this assignment on my behalf.
Please send me a mail to indicate if you will assist me in this disbursement reply via
I await to hear from you, may God be with you and your entire family.
Peter Van Edgar.