I'm feeling generous this Monday morning and I want to give some advice to those who would seek to scam me while they're in the process of spamming me. If you're going to cite an actual plane crash that killed a number of people and you're going to claim that your "husband" was a victim in that crash, make sure you pick the name of someone who actually died in that crash.
Sounds simple enough, I know. However, in practice, apparently the details fall by the wayside.
In the note below, we allegedly have a woman dying from breast cancer who never had children who wants to give away millions from her late husband who died in a plane crash and who contacted me after viewing my profile and concluding I was a God-fearing person who could help.
We've written before in this space about how sometimes just taking a couple minutes to do an internet search on a phrase, a name or a fact can prove conclusively that the note before you is not legitimate. In this case, one search of the name, "Chizzy Favour," reveals this exact same email that others have posted on various spam/scam warning websites.
I decided to go one step further, to see if, in fact, Chizzy Favour (I love typing that name by the way. It's just cool), had died in the Kenya Airways plane crash of 2000 that is referenced in the note. To the writer's credit, they did not invent the crash, but according to Wikipedia, there was no one who died that was from either Switzerland or South Africa in the crash, which were the two countries referenced in the email.
Am I doubtful of Mrs. Evon Deborah Yett's claims?
Yes, I am.
Just hit delete.
Hope you had a nice weekend.
From: Mrs.Evon Deborah Yett [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2014 4:14 PM
Subject: I await urgent reply.
I am Mrs. Evon Deborah Yett, from Switzerland, born in the state of Ohio USA. I am legally married to Mr. Chizzy Favour a South African citizen born brought up in Switzerland, I live in Switzerland with my husband for 32 years before we move down to South Africa in 1985 after my husband retirement in 1974, I am 76 years old by the grace of God, I am a new Christian convert, suffering from long time cancer of the breast.
All indication from my doctor that my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that I wouldn't live more than two months, according to my doctors and in all indication regards to medical analysis. This is because the cancer disease has gotten to a very bad stage that no hope for me to be a living person again.
My dear husband was involved with the January 2000 Kenya airways plane crashed. After 40 years of marriage life, still we could not produce any child, my late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited some part of his business and money in the bank. The doctors has advised me that I may not live for more than one months and 2 weeks and warn me to deceased from thinking over who is going to inherit me, today I have decided to donate contribute to the less privileges, charity and orphanage homes.
I choose you after viewing your profile, and I have confident in you because I have prayed for a God fearing person. I am willing to donate the sum of $10.5million U.S Dollars, to the less privileged.
I await urgent reply.
Mrs. Evon Deborah Yett
Call me + Tel: +27 78-622-5975