Scam of the day – November 15, 2013 – Not all Nigerian letter scams come from Nigeria

Today’s scam of the day again comes from my own email where I received the following email message that carries all of the characteristics of the typical Nigerian email scam, where it appears you are promised a windfall of money without having to do anything.  Only later, when you respond to you learn that you must pay fee upon fee and cost upon cost without ultimately receiving anything.  Hopefully, regular readers of Scamicide are far too sophisticated to fall for this type of scam, but it is always worth identifying these scams whenever they appear.  And they appear quite often.

Here is a copy of the email I received:

“I’m diagnosed with esophageal cancer, because it went unnoticed I have had to undergo a laryngectomy.I decided to WILL/donate the sum of (Eight Million Great Britain Pounds) to you for the good work of the lord to promote charity works. I want this last act of mine to be an offering to GOD and humanity. send a note back with this ref. SvaSo back so i know you got this.  I know I don’t know you. God bless you abundantly,

Evang Federico Calvin”


I don’t know where the name Evang Federico Calvin was taken from, but it is one that has been used in a number of similar Nigerian letter-type scams.  As with many of these email scams, this appears to have originated outside of the United States and the grammar and punctuation are somewhat lacking.  There are no free lunches or even breakfasts.  Whenever you get such an email, you should ask yourself why you were chosen to receive this free bounty?  The answer should be because it is a scam and the email is just a widely cast net hoping to get someone both gullible enough and greedy enough to fall for the scam.