(An actual email I received today. I’m sure you have received the same types of email. Even though I know they are horribly manipulative, I always read them for the crazy stories.)
Dearest Love One,
I am Mrs Roselyn Kopaya, i am a 56 years old woman and a citizen of Romania. But i am a resident in Hong Kong through my late husband who was an hong kong man.
I was born an orphan and GOD blessed me abundantly with riches but no children. And i am not a happy woman because, i have no husband and children. As at now, i am seriously sick, i just came out from hospital back to my home. I am suffering. I can no longer talk and half of my body is paralysed. The doctor say i have about two months to live. I send this email to you with the help of my private female nurse who is typing my request. I have little time so, i have committed myself in spreading my wealth towards better health care for mankind in the hospital where i am, i have given the hospital management us$15 millions to upgrade and build a new research facility. I have also made some cash donations to orphanage children in somalia, ethiopian, sudan and some in south africa. I have succeded in spreading my liquid cash towards well deserved means. My soul is happy. What i am doing gives me joy. I am now sharing my properties and valuables.
Morever, i dont know you but i am contacting you with the hope that, you will be able to carry out my wish for the sake of humanity. I have the sum of us $15.6 million given to me by my late chinese husband. The funds is deposited in a financial house. I want you to take custody of the funds and use it to build and operate orphanage house in your country or you can look for someone to operate it, if you are unable to operate it. You will name the orphanage house Mrs Roselyn Kopaya Orphanage house. You must follow my wish for it will gladen my heart. If you are ready to do this and carry out my wish, then send me then informatrions below:
Your Phone And Fax Numbers,
Your Residental Address,
My Lawyer will be in contact with you. May GOD guide us.
Send your reply along with your personal details only to this email
I await your reply.
My warm greetings
Mrs Roselyn Kopaya
Dear Mrs. Roselyn Kopaya,
Thank you so much for thinking of me during your final days. You are an inspiration to us all. Surely this $15.6 million will go a long way in helping other orphans and further your legacy of good will towards humanity.
Let me be perfectly frank with you about my intitial intentions. When I first read this email, my first instinct was completely selfish. “Why not lie to this woman?” I asked myself, “I could tell her that I would follow her wishes of starting an orphanage, but then blow the millions of dollars on myself, using it for hedonistic activities.”
And then I thought about your uplifting story. A poor orphan from a small town in Romania, who through hard work and dedication, grew into a successful and powerful businesswoman woman, who started a new life for herself in Hong Kong, finding true love with a caring and brilliant Chinese man. You have experienced so much, and you still want to help others, despite the crippling illness that has stricken you at such a young age.
How could I take that money now? I would be heartless. This email has made me into a better man. A better human being. I would love to take this money to follow your wishes of starting this orphanage, but am I really the right person for this endeavor? I am a lowly blogger, a writer, a wordsmith, without much experience in real-life business enterprises. I would have no knowledge of starting an orphanage, or even know who to contact as associates to help me with the work. Perhaps some of my blogging friends will be better suited for this honorable enterprise. Enclosed are the names, phone numbers, and addresses of some other good-hearted bloggers, which I copied off of Facebook.
I sincerely you find the perfect custodian for your project. God speed!
My warm greetings,