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ga - I’ve received an email from someone saying they are the wife of a deceased foreign dignitary asking for money to help them. Is this a scam?

Yes. This is what is known as a ‘419 letter’. An email in broken or poor English is received and it states that the sender is the wife or representative of a decease foreign dignitary such as a President of a country or a company. He has left millions of Euros or Dollars in a bank account and the money is now frozen. The sender of the email asks for help is releasing the funds and tells their target that they were identified as a helpful and honourable person. They are offered a bonus for helping and a draft is sent which they are asked to lodge and send back a processors fee using Western Union or some other money transfer service. However the draft is forged or fake and the fee is lost.