Greetings in the name of our Lord, I am Mrs. Victory Komana, a nationality of Switzerland, and I am presently hospitalized, due to my illness. I am 49 years old and I was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer for about two years now. I am a widow to Late Mr. Ronald Komana. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $19.5Million with a Bank in Benin Republic Presently this money is still in the custody of the Bank in Benin, where we spent most of our lives and I have served the Lord all through my life.Through the first paragraph the author uses religion to try to lower my defenses. But I have hardened my defenses on a steady diet of fat babies, so this trickery doesn't work. But let's analyze this some. The author states that Mrs. Komana is from Switzerland, and according to recent surveys, Switzerland is between 40% and 60% atheist. While it is possible that this one was one of the religious population, it is highly unlikely that the person would be evangelical and "in your face" as this email represents. Typically the religious in that area are more reserved.
From all indications, my condition is serious and is quite obvious that I may not live more than six months, because the cancer stage has gotten to a very severe state and my doctor has told me this.
A key tip-off is the awkward sentence structure used here. That is an indication that the author of this email is not a native speaker of English.
Kind of like Sarah Palin.
The note says "the cancer stage has gotten to a very severe state" as if the stage has changed state, not the cancer. And why add "and my doctor has told me this" to the end of the sentence. The next line might as well be, "My name is Michelle Bachmann and I approve this message." The note continues:
My late husband was well to do and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth. Presently my doctor told me that I may not live for more than six months, though I am not scared about this, I am not afraid of death; hence I will be in the bosom of the Lord forever. So, I now decided to look for an organization or an individual who is God fearing, that will use the funds for charity organization, by contributing to the development of evangelism in the world, assisting motherless baby’s homes and poor churches all over the world.More religious mumbo jumbo. This really could be Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann. Now comes the payoff to the email:
I selected you after searching the Internet for this purpose and prayed over it, for the fact that I always go into prayers in situations like this. I am willing to donate my husband’s wealth to you for the development of evangelism and also as aids for the less privileged around you rather than allow my husbands relatives to use my husband hard earned funds ungodly. You may contact my lawyer, Richard Adingni, with the specified address-:Evidently, I was not researched fully enough. Yet more proof that prayer fails.
Ensure that you copy this correspondence to his email address above and tell him that I have asked you to reach him. Please, do not reply if you have the intention of using this fund for personal use, you will have a reasonable percentage of the total funds before investing the remainder of the funds for God’s works. Lastly, I want you and your church to keep praying for me regarding my health, because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition without Christ in one's life, is vanity upon vanity. If you have to die says the Lord, keep fit and I will give you the crown of life. May the Grace of our Lord be with you now and forever more, amen?I do think it ended very well, with the question mark. It's as if the author is questioning the validity of the jeebus talk and prayin' stuff. Before that, I am assured "a reasonable percentage of the total funds" before tossing the remainder into the evangelical "Give that kid a sammich" TV spots with the fat-bellied african kids.That's the hook, folks. They just want me to bite.