I found this email in my inbox this morning, like so many variations on this scam the expectation will be that you would be asked to pay some small fee to expedite matters but the difference here seems to be that this version is aimed at either the pious Muslim or the person who has enough antipathy towards Islam that they may desire to acquire such funds to spite it. But then again she may be genuine so should I forward this to Sheik Taj din Hilalli or Keyser Trad?
ASSALAM ALAIKUM MY DEAR IN ISLAM,
I KNOW THERE MAY BE SCAMS AND JUNK MAILS FLYING HERE AND THERE ON THE INTERNET BUT CERTAINLY, THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM. NOW I URGE YOU TO TAKE THIS MESSAGE SERIOUSLY AND WITH AN OPEN MIND, WITH GOOD FAITH AND TRUST .I AM MRS AISHA ALQASIM FROM KUWAIT . I AM MARRIED TO LATE SHEIK AL JABER ALQASIM OF BLESSED MEMORY WHO IS AN OIL EXPLORER IN COTE D’IVOIRE FOR MANY YEARS BEFORE HE DIED IN THE YEAR 2001. WE WERE MARRIED FOR TWENTY FIVE YEARS WITHOUT A CHILD. HE DIED AFTER A BRIEF ILLNESS THAT LASTED FOR ONLY FOUR DAYS.BEFORE HIS DEATH WE WERE BOTH DEVOTED MUSLIMS. SINCE HIS DEATH I TOO HAVE BEEN BATTLING WITH BOTH CANCER AND FIBROID PROBLEMS. WHEN MY LATE HUSBAND WAS ALIVE HE DEPOSITED ONE TRUNK BOX THAT CONTAIN $5.5m (FIVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS) WITH A SECURTY FIRM. RECENTLY, MY DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT I HAVE ONLY SIX MONTHS TO LIVE DUE TO CANCER PROBLEM. THOUGH WHAT DISTURBS ME MOST IS MY STROKE SICKNESS. HAVING KNOWN MY CONDITION I DECIDED TO DONATE THIS FUND TO A DEVOTED MUSLIM INDIVIDUAL THAT WILL UTILIZE THIS MONEY THE WAY I AM GOING TO INSTRUCT HEREIN.
I WANT THIS MUSLIM INDIVIDUAL TO USE THIS MONEY IN ALL SINCERITY TO FUND MOSQUES, ORPHANAGES, WIDOWS, AND ALSO PROPAGATING THE WORD OF ALLAH AND TO ENSURE THAT THE SOCIETY UPHOLDS THE VIEWS AND BELIEF OF THE HOLY QURAN.THE HOLY QURAN EMPHASIZES SO MUCH ON ALLAH’S BENEVOLENCE AND THIS HAS ENCOURAGE ME TO TAKE THE BOLD STEP.I TOOK THIS DECISION BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE ANY CHILD THAT WILL INHERIT THIS MONEY AND MY HUSBAND RELATIVES ARE VERY BAD, INFACT AM SUSPECTING THEM TO BE THE ONE THAT KILLED MY HUSBAND SO THAT THEY WILL INHERIT ALL HIS WEALTH. MEANWHILE THEY HAVE POSSESED SOME OF MY HUSBAND PROPERTIES BUT THIS IS UNKNOWN TO THEM THET IS WHY AM AM SEARCHING FOR REAL BROTHER OR SISTER IN ISLAM TO ASSIST IN USING THIS FUND FOR THE SAID PURPOS. AND I DON’T WANT A SITUATION WHERE THIS MONEY WILL BE USED IN AN UNHOLY MANNER. HENCE THE REASONS FOR THIS BOLD DECISION. I KNOW THAT AFTER DEATH I WILL BE WITH ALLAH THE MOST BENEFICENT AND THE MOST MERCIFUL.WITH ALLAH ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. AS SOON AS I RECEIVE YOUR REPLY I SHALL GIVE YOU THE CONTACT INFORMATION OF THE SECURITY FIRM AND THE COUNTRY IN OVERSEA WHERE THE TRUNK BOX WAS DEPOSITED. I WILL ALSO ISSUE A LETTER OF AUTHORITY TO THE SECURITY FIRM AUTHORIZING THEM THAT THE SAID TRUNK BOX HAVE BEING WILLED TO YOU AND A COPY OF SUCH AUTHORIZATION WILL BE FORWARDED TO YOU. I WANT YOU AND THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY WHERE YOU RESIDE TO ALWAYS PRAY FOR ME.THANKS
MRS AISHA ALQASIM