This email with the subject "Please, help me. Last hope," was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Wed, 21 May 2008 00:09:05 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Maggie Goldman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear friend, I don't know your exact name. I can only guess. I ask you to read through my letter up to the end. After that you will be in the right to send my letter in a garbage basket or....... My letter is caused by despair. I don't know to whom to address. I am forced to ask for help any person. Namely you. I hope that mine letter has got to the person which has sympathy and compassion. I wish to trust in it. My name is Arnulfo. My situation enters me into depression and despair. I shall tell you shortly. I do not even know how to express correctly my thoughts. How to write you about this. I can tell with confidence that my hands tremble when I press on the buttons of the keyboard. Several days ago I could not think that I will address to the stranger with such situation. Probably it is stupid or incorrectly. But it's the only thing that is left to do. I just ask to understand me. I even should tell that it's a shame to do it. I will continue. I do not know where you are. And I do not know what news you watched on TV or listened by Radio. I think that you could hear about Earthquake in China. My God, it's awful... Me and my wife have arrived to the country of Philippines two weeks ago. We wanted to look for a new place in this world, where we can create our new world. There where we could live and create good family. We have got married a year ago. The matter is that my wife is a chinese woman, and I was born on Philippines, but has grown in Spain. My father is Spaniard, and my mum is Philippine. My parents have died several years ago. I have left to study in the university to another country. I studied Chinese language and culture. There I also have got acquainted with Jin It's my wife. We have got married. And yes, we were happy. I shall tell - We are happy together. But parents of Jin were against our marriage. And we have decided to search a place which will make us happy. We thought of Philippines. All. Everything was good. Yes, all was simply magnificent. Until the first impact has happened. We have heardabout it in the news. I do not wish to describe that happened with Jin when she has heard about that her native city was completely destroyed. Her native city has been destroyed. Me and Jin were in panic. We have decided at once to come back to China to my wife's parents. Jin was in despair. But the destiny has made a new turn. We had no money for air flight to China for two. We had money. We have made money transfer to the bank account in Philippines for purchase of a small house. But I can receive this money only on the 1st of June. Not earlier. Bank bureaucracy exists all over the world. We didn't know what to do. Then we have found only one output. We have received all money which were on our ATM-cart. Me collected the sum of money for air flight only for my wife. It was a hard moment in our life. But then I didn't know that the worst will be ahead. We have solved that my wife will go to China alone. It was a difficult decisions for me. But I couldn't stop Jin. And I couldn't fly together with her. Jin has quickly gathered and has departed. When she left tears flew on our cheeks . I do not know how to explain that I felt during this moment. But I understood that my wife felt. Mine Jin. Her parents were in trouble. I have remained alone without money. My hotel accommodation has been paid for some days. Two days have passed. Jin has called in my room in the hotel. She has told me that her parents and sisters are alive. But her two sisters have hard wounds. They were in other building when Earthquake has begun . It was awful. Also Jin has told that her city has great destructions, but their house hasn't suffered too much. Many people have no houses and spend nights in the street. There is a Chaos everywhere. Family of my wife have dicided to remain at home. They did not think that Earthquake will repeat again. Jin promised to call me yesterday morning.She wanted to inform me when she can arrive to me. I had no money to arrive to China to them. And payment for our room in hotel came to an end. Oh, it was a small problem for us. Now I understand it. I waited for a call from Jin. She should obligatory call me . Jin SHOULD OBLIGATOTY CALL ME!!! I waited for some hours. Oh, then I have understood how slowly passes the time. I have switched on TV. I switched channels to find any news. And the first I have seen shocked me. In that city where was my wife has happened a new Earthquake. I could not believe in it. I switched channels of the tvset. I searched for others news. But I heard only one. It had happened. Three hours have passed. Phone has rung out. I have almost torn off a tube of the phone. I waited to hear a voice of mine Jin. It was a man's voice. But he spoke Chinese. The man was a doctor.He has told me that my wife was wounded. She is in temporary hospital for wounded people. Also that she Constantly speack about me in delirium. Sometimes she comes to consciousness and asked the doctor to call me. I can not put into words that I felt during this moment. It is impossible to explain, but I think that you can understand me. The doctor has explained to me that I should be with my wife if I want her to became better. She needs me!!! That could i do. WHAT COULD I DO?!!! I have no money. Payment for the room in my hotel comes to an end. Today I will be compelled to go for a street. I have no money even to pay for telecommunication. But all this is very small problem in comparison with that happens to mine Jin during this moment. I am in safety during this moment, and my wife is hard wounded. And I should be with her during this moment. I should fly to the wife. Any way I should be near mine Jin during this moment. I have put in pawn the mobile phone. I have little money for Internet. I write a letter to you from internet-cafe. From the common e-mail. Also some kind people who know about my situation have helped me. I will have the small sum of money. But a greater sum of money is required . I am lack of 1250$. I have no opportunity to find such sum of money. I tried all opportunities to find thó money. I don't wish to think that money solve all in this world. I believe that the main thing is people and love. And I wish to believe that I will be able to be beside my Jin soon . We are sure will be happy together. Only despair has forced me to write you this letter. Probably it sounds silly. You have a right to think about me all that you want. I will understand you.I I address to you foê a help. Your help is required to me. I shall tell directly that I ask you to help me with money. I will return you money later, right after as soon as I receive my money which are in the bank. I can return to you money on the first of June. I will see the wife. I will be with her. I can take care of her. After that I shall return on Philippines to take back money. And I will return to you even more Money. I only ask to help me now.I have been explained that I will be able to receive money in Western Union. And I will return the money to you in the same way. I am ready to return you more. I will hope that my letter wont offend you because we are unfamiliar. I do not even know your name. I have taken yours e-mail from Internet. And I have hope that e-mail to which I write is of a good person. I will understand you in any case. Iask to excuse me . I only want you to understood me. Only despair and love have forced me to write this letter to you. I want to use all variants To be near to my love. And still, if you will be able to help me I shall consider you to be the best man in this world. You will save a life of mine Jin. I shall write the data on which I will be able to receive cashes in Philippines through Western Union. I don't know what to tell you more . I believe in love and destiny. I ask you to answer me to this e-mail: email@example.com I have registered it right now. I will wait fo your answer to this å-mail. If you want to answer me Yours faithfully Arnulfo