419 "Cancer Victim" Scam Back In Circulation

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Every now and then, a variation of the following appears in "lucky" mailboxes. I'm posting this up as no less than four different mailboxes of mine have had this pop up over the weekend....

"Greetings.

As you read this,don't feel sorry for me,because it is the destiny of everyman
to die someday.I am Naveed Jafar a naturalised Briton by birth and a business
merchant based in the United Kingdom. I have been diagnosed with Oesophageal
cancer.

It has defiled all forms of medical treatment,and right now I have only about
a few months to live, according to medical experts. I regret that I have not
particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone (not
even myself), but my trade. Though I am very well to do, I was never open
handed; I was always hostile to people and regarded them like they never had
hopes of becoming as successful as myself. Now I know that there is a lot more
to life than just prosperity.

I believe that when I am given a second chance to come to this world, I would
live my life a different way from how I have lived it. Now that death is
eminent, I have willed and given most of my belonging to immediate and extended
family members, as well as a few close friends. I want Allah to be merciful to
me and accept my soul. Hence I have decided to support charity work; this is
what i want to be remembered for. So far, I have been able to reach out to a
few charity organizations in the Singapore, Algeria and Malaysia. Now that my
health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore.

I once asked members of my family to aid me in giving of alms to those
organizations catering for the less privileged in Bulgaria and Pakistan; they
refused and kept the resources to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them
anymore,as they seem not to be contempt with what I have left for them.

The last of my belonging which no one knows of, is the huge deposit of Eight
million US dollars that I have in a safe keeping company abroad, which I will
want you to secure and bestow to charity organizations.

Please endeavour to reply me via email: naveedjafar07@hotmail.com For your time
and devotion, I have set aside a tenth of this for you."


It goes without saying that "throat cancer" scams are always a good way of parting people from their money - its no coincidence that this particular tactic was used in a 419 spam attack that netted the culprits $1.2 million. At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious - avoid!

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