A link to a sad news story does not confer legitimacy on someone sending an email. Anyone can link to any news story. This is a scam. Do not reply to messages like this.
From: "Mrs. Rosemary Collins"firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Dear Beloved One
Date: September 17, 2011 9:05:43 AM PDT
Compliments of the day to you! By this e-mail, I do sincerely apologize for my intrusion of your privacy. However, I have a serious concern with which I believe you might be of help and for this reason, I can not but reach out to someone . My name as given above is Mrs. Mary Collins a nationality of United Kingdom. I am married to Mr. Samuel Collins who worked with the British embassy in America for nine years before he died in the plane crash On 31st of July 2000 with other passengers aboard as you can confirm it yourself through this web site. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm)
We were a dedicated Christians and decided to serve mankind to the best of our ability. Since his death, I have lived with the memories, fighting effortlessly to lead a normal life but all to no avail. I suffered mentally and psychologically and shortly was diagnosed of Cancer. I lived with the scourge praying earnestly for divine intervention. Just a month ago, the doctor informed me that I have just about three months more to live. I was not shocked. I accepted the news in good fate.
Brethren, it is in this regard that I write to you, having sourced your address from a database in my late husband's internet dossier after fervent prayers. Before my husband died, he deposited a sum of $5 Million (Five Million United States Dollars) with a bank in New York USA. I have wholeheartedly decided to donate the entirety of this fund to any devoted believer or organization and to achieve this, I need an individual that will utilize this funds adherently for these purposes:
1: For the sick, less-privileged and destitute
2: For the Widows and the motherless babies e.t.c.
3: orphanages, Research centers and widows propagating
These are the wishes of a dying woman. They are the desires of my heart, hence my decision as I do not have a child to take over my inheritance. Please, understand that I am not doing this because of fear of death as I am certain where my place already is. At this point, friends, well wishers, and my husbands relatives are all clampered around me as I sojourn in my hospital bed and are unaware of my plight, hence I will not be able to make an open conversation. When I receive your response, I will direct you at once to the bank. I will also empower you with a letter of authority as the new beneficiary to this fund with all necessary documentation.
All I need from you is Truthfulness, Honesty and Sincerity assuring me that you can in all honesty and obedience utilize the funds for the purpose with which it is meant. In any a case, a quick response from you will be highly appreciated as I am already on a count-down and may not have ample time to finalize the procedures. Any delay in response may compel me to source for other measures or perhaps choose the alternative which I will not be happy to. Please, do not see this as a strange possibility or an unbelievable opportunity to make wealth, rather see this as a rare chance to assist the less privileged in truth and in spirit with a substance. Please you can contact me privately on my email address (email@example.com)
I await your immediate response.
Thank You and Bless You richly!
Mrs. Mary Collins