My Dear Lady Erica
This morning I received an almost heart-breaking email from somebody that I did not know personally. Or at all. I read it twice to assure myself that it was genuine, and in the end I decided that nobody could be so callous as to write such a letter as a prank. This is what the message said:
I am Lady Erica Salvatore, I was married to Sir David Salvatore an Italian Man who is dead. My husband was into private practice all his life before his death. Our life together as man and wife lasted for three decades without a child. My husband died after a protracted illness. My husband and I made a vow to uplift the down-trodden and the less-privileged individuals as he had passion for persons who can not help themselves due to physical disability or financial predicament.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of (10 Million Great British Pounds) which were derived from his vast estates and investment in capital market and private investors. Presently, this money is still with the Bank.
Presently I write from my sick bed, Because my Doctor had just informed me that i have a very limited days to live. Due to the cancerous ailment which is fast eaten me up .
With this hard reality that has befallen my family, and me I have decided to donate this fund to you and want you to use this gift which comes from my husbands effort to fund the upkeep of EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS, ORPHANS, DESTITUTE, PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED CHILDREN, BARREN-WOMEN and persons who prove to be genuinely handicapped financially .
I do hope you would be able to utilize this money for the said purpose of CHARITY, And also set up a NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION which would be named “FOUNDATION DE SALVATORE”, As our family legal adviser would be here to guide you through all necessities .
I am taking this decision because my husband’s relatives are Trouble Makers and I don’t want a situation where my husband’s sweat will be used in material pursuits.
This is why I am taking this decision. Moreso because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy persons and I do not want my husband hard earned money to be misused or invested into ill perceived ventures. I do not want this money to be misused hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I do not need any telephone communication in this regard due to my deteriorating health and because of the presence of my husband relatives around me. I do not want them to know about this development.
Do inform my lawyer Barrister Ferrnando Jorge (firstname.lastname@example.org)about my intentions, As we had previous agreed to source for someone who would be able to carry out my last wishes.
Please i need assurance from you that you will act accordingly as I have stated herein.
My lawyer shall be awaiting your response .. email@example.com
Lady Erica Salvatore
I can well understand the depth of the poor lady’s plight. I have therefore passed the letter on to a friend of mine who is better able to deal with this, and he has, I believe, already written to Ferrnando Jorge, a barrister so distinguished he has been required to insert an extra R into his Fernando.
I will report back when we have received a reply.
I sincerely hope we can be of some help, and I am particularly looking forward to leading the splendid-sounding Foundation, which I shall almost certainly make into a NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION of vision and probity.