Crimes of Persuasion:

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Wills, Gifts and Charitable Bequests Used in Nigerian Scam Letters


Larry Short at Worldvision sends along a bequest example which is being sent to charitable religious organizations.

AMBASSADOR DEINDE FERNANDEZ Subject: 1 Chronicles 29:3-5 12/29/2000

ATTN: GENERAL OVERSEER

Dearest beloved, Grace to you and peace from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ, Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies and God of all, comforter who comforts us in all our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

It is superfluous for me to write to you about the importance of giving cheerfully, He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. As I purposeth in my heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver and I know God is able to make all grace, abound towards me 2 Corinthians 9:6-8.

Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches Galatians 6:6 let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts to man" (One Church many parts)

Ambassador Deacon Deinde Fernandez is my name. I am the U. N. permanent representative in the Central African Republic (Zones) Through the goodness of Lord Almighty I own a 340 square Kilometer Diamond mine in Angola and a number of Crude Oil wells in some places. I have course to be glad for this goodness for my person and have decided to testify his goodness by dedicating this token sum of One Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S. Dollars ($1.5m US Dollars) for his kingdom investment through your ministry.

Hebrew 6 tells me to be faithful because God is faithful: verse 10 tells me that for God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward his names in that you have ministered to the saints and do minister:

Verse15 tells me "and so after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. Brethren, I fear God and l intend to keep my word. "When you make a vow to God do not delay to pay it; for He has no pleasure in fools; pay what you have vowed ? Better not to vow than to vow and not pay Ecclesiastes 5:4-5.

Your good self and ministry is nominated to be the beneficiary of this gesture after a seasoned prayers and fasting of the prayer warriors and the general overseer of my parish Pastor Ayo Oritsejefor of Word of Life Bible Church Worldwide.

At the end of last year's dedication services, it was however ordained for me to pick up this challenge as a vow to His service in His kingdom investment, I have also purpose to use the remaining part of my life for His work after 75 years on earth, to this end Brethren your prayers are highly needed for this purpose.

As soon as your reply is received to this offer, the swift code number of the sum shall be forwarded or release to you immediately. The funds are already lodged with Omega Bank Plc and the managing Director's name is MR. DAVID OVIE, his direct lines are 00234-1-7742813 he has been advised accordingly.

I will want to come for a thanksgiving and dedication of this sum to His kingdom, with my pastor and two elders of my ministry together with my family.

BEST REGARDS YOUR IN HIS SERVICE AMB. D.D. FERNANDEZ


Lynda Kuhn sent this along 02/02/02

Re: CHURCH DONATION

My Lordship,

Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am former Mrs Fatima Aisha Alamin, now Mrs Christiana Alamin, a widow to late Sheik Mohammed Alamin.

I am 74 years old, I am now a new Christian convert suffering from long time cancer of the breast and from all indications that my condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I won't live more than six months because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage.

My Late husband was killed during the Gulf war and at that period of our marriage, we couldn't produce any child. My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth.

The doctor has advised me that I may not leave for more than six months so I now decided to divide part of this wealth and to contribute to the development of the church in Africa, America, Europe and Asian countries.

The mission which will no doubt be tasking had made me to relocate to Nigeria in Africa where I live presently. I selected your church after visiting the website and prayed over it. I am willing to donate the sum of $10,000,000 Million US Dollars to your Ministry for the development of your Church and also for the less privileged.

Please note that the fund is lying in a Security Company in London, therefore my lawyer will file an application for the transfer of the money in the name of your Ministry.

Lastly, I honestly pray that this money when transferred to your account, will be used for the said purpose because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition without Christ is Vanity upon Vanity.

If you have to die says the Lord, keep fit and I will give you the crown of life. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the Full fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you. I wait your urgent response.

Yours in Christ.

Christiana Aisha Alamin
mamin7\\hotmail.com
4A George Close
Zaria, Nigeria.
234-8023251395


Subject: DONATION.
My Lordship/Friend,

Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am former Mrs. Halima Qurban-Ali, now Mrs. Elizabeth Qurban-Ali , a widow to Late Sheik Muhammad Qurban-Ali.

I am 72 years old, I am now a new Christian convert, suffering from long time cancer of the breast...

My late husband... was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth.

... decided to divide part of this wealth, by contributing to the development of evangelism...

I selected your church after visiting the website for this purpose and prayed over it, I am willing to donate the sum of $10.000,000.00 Million US Dollars to your Church/Ministry for the development of evangelism and also as aids for the less privileged around you.

... lying in a Security Company in Switzerland... do not reply if you have the intention of using this fund for personal use other than enhancement of evangelism.

Lastly, I want you/your ministry to be praying for me as regards my entire life and my health because I have come to find out since my spiritual birth lately that wealth acquisition without Jesus Christ in one's life is vanity upon vanity. If you have to die says the Lord, keep fit and I will give you the crown of life.

May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us. I await your urgent reply.

Yours in Christ,

Mrs. Elizabeth Qurban-Ali.
Christ Live Church, Bodija, Ibadan, Nigeria.
lizzyali90\\yahoo.com


Dear Beloved,

I give thanks and praises to God for using people of anointing like you to bless and touch the lives of many. I have been praying over this that God should direct me to the right person. Due to my illness... put everything in care of my lawyer...

Barrister Solomon Edewoh,
Solomon Edewoh & Co,
2, Bolaji Henshaw close,
S/W Ikoyi-Lagos.
ssedewoh\\justice.com

... my intention to sow/donate this seed for the promotion of the Word of Almighty God...

Please I want the money to be judiciously spent for the propagation of the good news about our Lord Who in his infinite mercy came to the world as man to redeem us. Bible tells me that "As many as believe in Him, to them He has given the power to become the sons of God"

... Again, please, use the money as indicated. I hope and pray so. God will remember and bless you too as you remember me in your prayer.

Stay blessed,
Mrs. Elizabeth Qurban-Ali.

Sent in by John & Christine Longhurst 03/07/02


Peter Murray, concerned that they are combing nonprofit affiliate sites for email addresses sent this along Oct 2, 2001.

As You Reap

Dear Sir,

I am a preacher with the Seed Harvest Ministry and I will like to get advice from you. I believe the advice I need is secular to some extent, but do have the patience to understand my intention.

A few year's ago I was in Liberia where I had established a little congregation where I preached regularly, but the civil war escalated and the church was converted to a hospital of sorts. On one faithful day three Nigerian Soldiers came to me and left trunks of money with me and swore to come back for it.

When the war in Liberia intensifiedI deposited this box in a security vault in Togo. I was escorted to Togo by the ECOMOG soldiers who felt the content of the trunks were documents and never cared to check the trunks. I was airlifted to England with other refugees then I stayed in England and when I was getting frustrated I returned to Africa only to find out that two of thethree Soldiers died in Battle while the last was declared Missing in Action.

Now I have the fund which the soldiers said was over thirty million dollars, but it lies in a security vault in Togo and I was contacted in a letter dated 12th of September by the security company asking me to indicate if I was in receipt of the letter as a sign that I am living and still subscribed for their service.

I am interested in using a small fraction of this fund, much less than one percent for a reorganization of the work but I do not need the rest and do not want to have any direct dealing with it. I need someone who will be able to use the fund better, maybe for charity or something universally profitable.

I have thought of doing it my self but my ministry is the apocalypse and I believe and preach the soon coming of the Lord which make me not indulgent in reliance on money or wealth in any form.

I also do not have the fee that has accrued on the service and safe deposit of the company that holds the fund. I will be glad if you have any interest in the direction of maybe managing or transmitting the fund as you prefer in your capacity and understanding.

I will be glad to get a response from you ASAP.

Regards. Paul Zaza.


Codicil Con

Pastor Ray Pettit, a preacher involved in a local church ministry sent this along Oct 10/01.

From: Barrister Pascal Adebayo {Esq} Head of Chambers
PASCAL ADEBAYO & COMPANY
SOLICITORS & ADVOCATES

NOTIFICATION OF BEQUEST

On behalf of my late client Sir Andrew Okorie (KSM). I write to notify you that my late client - Sir Andrew Okorie (KSM)made you a beneficiary to the bequest sum of Four Hundred and Seventy Thousand US Dollars (US$470,000.00) in the last codicil to his last will and testament.

Late Sir Andrew Okorie died after a brief illness on March 12th, 2001. Until his death, Late Sir Andrew Okorie was a renowned Philanthropist and a knight of Saint Mulumba. According to him, he isgiving you this because of your involvement in Christian activities and in making better the world's situation.

As trustees and Executors of this Will, I wish to inform you that the Will was read at the Lagos High Court probate division on September 24th, 2001 as the law provides and ready for execution.

You are therefore required by this notification to confirm your ownership to this legacy by forwarding photocopy of any of the followingproofs of identity:-

Driver's License, or National ID card, or International Passport (Personal)

Endeavour to forward any of these proofs either by Email or fax through the above number for easy communication.

I will detail you on the procedure and details involved in executing this Will on receipt of your fax or email reply.

God bless you. Best regards,

Barrister Pascal Adebayo {Esq.}
(Head of Chamber)


Pastor Mike Wilson sent along an identical letter 12/11/01 with a different lawyer.

BARRISTER NNAMDI ORI &CO.
4 FLONAJINADU CRESENT
GBAGADA PHASE 1
LAGOS, NIGERIA
TELE/FAX 234-1-7590380

Barrister NNAMDI ORI {Esq.}
(Head Of Chamber)


Neil & Millie Waddell also sent an identical one along 12/28/01 with the following header.

temple okwu <templeokwu\\yahoo.co.uk
TEMPLE OKWU & CO.(Solicitors & Advocates)
4, Ifesowopo Street, Ilaje Rd.,
Bariga, Lagos - Nigeria.
Tel: 234-1-7748593
Barrister Temple Okwu {Esq.}
(Head Of Chamber)


And To You Be The Sorry

Dawn sent this in 01/28/02.

From: Idowu Taylor <dr_idowut\\yahoo.com
Subject: TO GOD BE THE GLORY
NOTIFICATION OF BEQUEST.

On behalf of my church member, lateChief Sir Daniel Okoro of the blessed memory, I write to notify you that my late member Chief Sir Daniel Okoro made you one of beneficiary to the bequest sum of six hundred and eighty thousand US Dollars ($680,000) in the codicil to his will and last testament.

Late Chief Sir Okoro died after a brief illness on may 1st 2001. Until his death, Late Chief Sir Daniel Okoro was a renowned philanthropist; a businessman of an international repute and an industrialist, in fact he was blessed by God. Chief Sir Daniel did not play with the life and progress of the people who were opportuned to meet him on the way and among all he had a very big regard for his God the things of God and works of God. Late Chief Sir Daniel Okoro used his resources to serve humanity and thus touched the lives of many through charity.

According to him, he said, “He is giving back to God just a Little from what God had given to him”. As a result of thathe is giving you this because of your involvement in Christian activities, helping the less privileged and in making better the world’s situation.

As trustees and executes of this will, I wish to inform you that the will was read at the Owerri High Court Probate Division (Registry) August 7th, 2001, as the law provides and is in execution.

You are hereby required to by this notification to confirm your ownership to this Legacy by forwarding proofs of identity. Also send a personal telephone and fax numbers for easy communication. You should inform us how you would want to receive your money. Draft/Cheque or swift transfer via your bank account.

Most importantly, if there is any disparity on the name and address or if your name, address and any other useful information does not tally with the information we have, it then means that you are not the rightful or bona fide beneficiary of this particular request as it contained in paragraph four (4) of the codicil to the last testament of the benefactor (Chief Sir Daniel Okoro . As we cannot afford to give or pay to a wrong person or body. On that note please do not inconvenience your very self by replying.

But, if the information (your name and address) is compatible with the information we have, you are hereby advice to confirm this notification immediately, for you are the rightful one (person or body).

We would detail you on the procedure and involvement in benefiting this will on receipt of your reply letter or e-mail. God bless you.

Best regards.

REV DR IDOWU TAYLOR
(GENERAL OVERSEER, HEALING FIELDS MINISTRY.)


Keeping a Straight Face With God

Belva Koerth of Austin TX sent along "God's Work" November 8, 2001 with this note.

I enjoy your website and have passed on the address using my home email.

My husband Paul worked in Nigeria in 1992. After he returned we received thru the mail the type of letters you exhibit. Since then I've seen it in many different forms. Below is one I just received at the church where I work.

Beloved in Christ,

It is a privilege to hear from God and it gives me joy to relate my testimony to you haven received instruction from God through divine revelation.

I was a Moslem and a retired military top officer in Nigerian Army that served under the past military regime. I was the financial secretary to the Armed Force Ruling Council (AFRC). With my positionas a financial secretary, I was able to divert up to $45,000,000.00 (Forty Five million U.S. Dollars, into my personal Bank Account, hoping to invest the money when I'm retired.

Immediately I got retired, I wasconverted from Moslem to Christian when I was preached the words of God through my cousin Pastor Paul Osakwe. I then gave my life to Christ and became a born again Christian.

Since I gave my life to Christ, I had no rest of mind. Some times I think of the souls I killed when I was a soldier and the dubious ways I diverted my country's money into my Personal Bank Account.

I then decided to seek the face of God for forgiveness and after fasting and prayer through Divine Revelation, the Almighty God revealed to me that the only way I could have rest of mind is when I usedall my money to do the work of God. I immediately disclosed my revelation to my Pastor and he was happy with me.

I have been thinking of the particular thing to do for my God before this present civilian president of my country set up a panel (Honourable Oputa Panel) to probe the Bank Account of the past Military officers like me. Instead of losing this money to my government, I quickly withdrew my money out of my Account and deposited the money in a finance and security company for safety.

My Pastor has advised me to sneak out of the country with the money to sow it into a ministries abroad. I have decided to sow this money into your ministry. I am making arrangement to come over to your country but you need to receive this money from the finance and security company in cash before I come over.

The cash has been packaged by the security company in consignments and ready for shipment but the security company requires the address of the receiver. Please send to me your names, address and your telefax number where I can fax the Airway Bill to you to claim the consignment over there.

I will be coming over to your ministry with my family for thanksgiving as soon as I send out this money to you. Please act fast because I don't want the panel to know that I want to leave the country, they might suspect my intention to leave now that the probe is going on.

I look forward to your response

God bless you
Deacon ANDREW ONI

adaba
deacon_andrew\\onebox.com - email
(510) 401-3280 x2531 - voicemail/fax


More of God's Work

Sent in by Greg Holm 01/21/02

Beloved in Christ,

... was the financial secretary to the Armed Force Ruling Council (AFRC).... converted from Moslem to Christian... my cousin Pastor Paul Osakwe... decided to sow this money into your ministry...

...can fax the Airway Bill to you for claim of the consignment over there...

Deacon PAUL OJO
paul ojo - paulojo\\onebox.com


To The Glory of Greed

Beloved in Christ,

It is a privilege to hear from God and it gives me joy to relate my testimony to you having received instruction from God through divine revelation.

I was a Muslim and a retired military top officer in Nigerian Army... financial secretary to the Armed Force Ruling Council (AFRC)... able to divert up to $20,000,000...

... converted from Muslim to Christian when I was preached the words of God through my cousin Pastor Paul Osakwe. I then gave my life to Christ and became a born again Christian.

... decided to seek the face of God for forgiveness and after fasting and prayer through Divine Revelation, the Almighty God revealed to me... money to do the work of God.

... deposited the money in a finance and security company for safety... decided to sow this money into your ministry... packaged by the security company in consignments...

God bless you.

Brother Chris Amaka.


Dear Brother Chris,

My name is Tim McDonald. I am the pastor of the First Baptist Church of ***

I want to sincerely thank you for your generous offer to use your finances for the Lord's work though our church. I'm sure you can imagine what $20 million dollars would mean to a small, rural church in America, or anywhere else in the world for that matter.

I want you to know I certainly would not want to be found resisting a clear revelation of God's will in this matter. I also would not want in any way to quench the fire of a newly born again Christian.

I am VERY pleased to hear the testimony of your conversion and salvation and of God working in your heart to motivate you to use your wealth to do His work. I sincerely pray you will be able to do so!

However, I hope you will understand that I may not be able to act fast on a matter like this. Rather, it seems to me there is a significant need for caution and wisdom, which I hope you will understand.

Please forgive me for questioning, but, first of all, I need your assurance that this money is really yours to give away. You wrote to me that you were able to "divert" what sounds like government money into your "personal" account.

The way that sounds here in America is that you stole the money from your government. Please know it truly embarrasses me to question you on this, because I know your situation is radically different than anything I've ever experienced.

However, I would need to understand the legal and moral aspects of the situation before I could recommend to my church that they accept the money. If the money was wrongfully taken from the government of Nigeria, it should be returned to the government or to the people of Nigeria..

Please forgive me for questioning this also, but I need to openly ask if there are any conditions or expectations attached to this gift. I think we would need to look into the legalities and liabilities of receiving such a gift from a foreign country? Would there be any taxes or other fees to pay?

Finally, I would like to be able to talk with your pastor and any international missionaries you or he may have contact with. I would like to hear their explanation of the legal and moral implications what you're proposing.

Again, I want to sincerely thank you for considering us as a possibility for helping you do the Lord's work with your money. I hope will understand my need for caution and wisdom. You are in my prayers!

Sincerely,

Pastor Tim


DEAR PASTOR TIM MCDONALD,

GREETINGS IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AMEN!

I RECEIVED YOUR MAIL WITH THANKS GIVING TO THE LORD.

LIKE I SAID IN MY MAIL TO YOU, MY SINS ARE FORGIVEN BUT THE SPIRIT TOLD ME TO PUT THIS MONEY INTO GOD'S KINGDOM.

IF I SHOULD RETURN THE MONEY THE PRESENT TOP GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WILL SHARE IT AMONG THEM SELVES.

I WILL TRY MY BEST TO SEE THAT THIS MONEY IS SENT TO YOUR MINISTRY AND DISBURSE SOME TO THE LESS PRIVILEGED ONES AND SOME CHARITY HOMES AS THE SPIRIT LEADS YOU.

YOU REQUESTED ABOUT MY PASTOR, HIS NAME IS PASTOR PAUL OSAKWE OF CHRIST THE KING ROYAL CHURCH. LAGOS NIGERIA. HIS E-MAIL ADDRESS IS: (pastor_osakwe\\yahoo.com) AND HIS TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 234-1-4719938.

PLEASE I WILL LIKE YOU TO WORK AS THE HOLY SPIRIT DIRECTS YOU, ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD. GOD BLESS YOU.

BROTHER CHRIS AMAKA 03/02/02


God One, Scammers Zero

My wife and I had a commitment that if was our Lord's will then the money we were offered would be provided. The money did not come.....

Greed gets many of those who go after these kinds of things in trouble. The bottom line is if we were not greedy the Nigerians would not be able to pull off these scams. It is however, sad to say that our government really does not seem to want to do to much about it.

Sincerely,

Randolph O. Moeller


The impression that greed is a good reason not to bother helping victims is one major stumbling block to stopping these crimes. It is a fine line sometimes between hope, opportunity and greed.

The Nigerian scammers even go after church members offering to bequest money to their good works. This bypasses greed and goes after one's altruistic and charitable nature as you try to help out your cause.

Les


My wife and I are missionaries and I do not disagree that it still needs to be dealt with, though it does not belittle the point of greed in society, even for churches. Had we not made the commitment that if it was truly our Lords will that this should happen, and at no cost to us, my story would be different.

As it was, it challenged us both deeply. The fact is, this is shows that the moral fiber in our society is in desperate need of healing. I praise God that you were willing to fill in the breech and do something about it with your site. What I should have done the moment the offer arrived was to put in the trash where it belongs.

I still get the letters on a regular basis but my answer is now a bit different than it was before and that seems to keep them from coming back a second and third time. I am telling them no and why.

They really are missing their calling for they could become top notch fiction writers.

God Bless

Randy 02/02/02



Bequest example sent in by Randall J Pannell 02/20/02

BARRISTERS DICKSON MADU & CHAMBERS
Solicitors & Advocates (Notary Public) Of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
Our Ref: TOB/AT LAW/1717/2001
N0 4 Badu Street Surulere
Lagos, Nigeria

Attention : BENEFICIARY RE:Notification of Bequest

With gratitude to God to a life well spent and on behalf of my late client Rev. Dr. Mike Mokoro, I write to notify you that my late client made you a beneficiary to the bequest sum of Four Hundred and Seventy- Five Thousand United States Dollars (USD 475,000.00) in the last codicil to his last WILL and testament of the year 2001. Late Rev. Dr. Mike Mokoro died of high blood pressure on the 2nd February 2001.

Until his death, late Rev. Dr. Mike Mokoro was a regional director in Nigeria withUnited Nations Refugees and Humanitarian Commission. A renowned PHILANTHROPIST, who has widely travelled and very good Christian of the Christian Fellowship of Nigeria, a non-denominational society.

According to him he is giving you this amount because of your active involvement in the upliftment of Christian activities with its ministries and making better the world’s situation for the acceptance of Christian religion in Christ Jesus as the son of God.

We the executors and trustees of this WILL wish to inform you that the WILL was read at the Lagos High Court Probate Division on the 5th June 2001 as the law provides in section (52) sub-section 3&4 of the Nigeria constitution and is ready for execution.

You are therefore required by this notification to confirm your ownership to this legacy... This is to avoid paying to a wrong beneficiary...

Thanks and God bless.

DICKSON MADU Head of Chamber


NOTIFICATION OF BEQUEST

We guessed that you have not received the Bequest Notification which we have earlier sent to you by post before this time. That is why, we considered it necessary to contact you through email.

So, on behalf of our client late Chief Sir Andrew A David of the blessed memory, We write to notify YOU that our late client Chief Sir Andrew A David who until his death was the Chairman HELLENNIC BOTTLING COMPANY (HBC) ( Hellenic ) and also founding father as well as a director with theNIGERIAN BOTTLING COMPANY COCA COLA PLC NIGERIA, who is a native of Greece made you one of beneficiary to the bequest sum of five hundred and eighty thousand US Dollars ($580,000) in the codicil to his will and last testament.

Late Chief Sir Andrew died after a brief illness on OCTOBER 16TH 2000 in Athens Greece in his country. Until his death, Late Chief Sir Andrew was a renowned philanthropist; a businessman of an international repute and an industrialist, in fact he was blessed by God.

Chief Sir Andrew did not play with the life and progress of the people who were opportuned to meet him on the way and among all he had a very big regard for his God the things of God and works of God. Late Chief Sir Andrew used his resources to serve humanity and thus touched the lives of many through charity.

According to him, he said, "He is giving back to God just a Little from what God had given to him". As a result of that he is giving you this because of your involvement in Christian activities, and in making better the world's situation.

As trustees and executors of this will, I wish to inform you that the will was read at the Owerri High Court Probate Division (Registry) on 11th February, 2002, as the law provides and is in execution.

You are hereby required to by this notification to confirm your ownership to this Legacy by forwarding proofs of identity. You should inform us how you would want to receive your money. Draft/Cheque or swift transfer via your bank account.

Most importantly, if there is any disparity on the name and address or if your name, address and any other useful information does not tally with the information we have, it then means that you are not the rightful or bonafide beneficiary of this particular bequest as it contained in paragraph four (4) of the codicil to the last testament of the benefactor (Chief Sir Andrew. As we cannot afford to give or pay to a wrong person or body.

We would detail you on the procedure and involvement in benefiting this will on receipt of your reply letter or e-mail.

God bless you. Best Regards.

FOR PETER OKORO CHAMBERS
BAR. PETER OKORO (HEAD OF CHAMBER)

Sent in by Russ Pitts 03/25/02


Dear Servant of God,

In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I bring peace and Joy to you and your household Amen.

In reference to my notification of bequest... regarding the last will and testament of my late client Rev. Dr. Andrew Okorie in which he offered you the total bequest sum of...

... assure you that this bequest is quite legitimate. You are the rightful owner of the bequest...

... got your contact in the World Christian Journal due to your... making better the world's situation... inspired by the holy spirit to offer you the bequest to facilitate the good work of God... did the same for other Men of God here.

You should thank God Almighty for this great opportunity He has made available for you. This is part of His rewards to you for your industriousness in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

... think of how you will use the money... to help the less privileged in your country. Go to the deaf and disabled in your country and spend some money...

... the bibles says "give for gift maketh way for the giver". Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy from God...

Remain blessed.

Barr. Ikeh Johnson.

Sent in by Bill Johnson 04/06/02


This Hand Will Taketh Away

... Mrs. Rosemary Egobia from Kuwait... married to Mr. George Egobia who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast...

... Before his death we were both born again Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against...

... he deposited... with thePinnacle Finance and Security Company in Abidjan...

... I will not last eight months due to cancer problem... decided to donate this fund to a church that will utilize this money for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained.

The Bible made us to understand that “Blessed is the hand that giveth”.

... don’t want my husband’s efforts to be used by unbelievers... in an ungodly way.

... not afraid of death hence I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that “the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace”.

... I shall give you the contact of the Pinnacle Finance/Security Company in Abidjan... Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth...

... alternative email address is: centric70\\yahoo.co.uk

Sent in by Dan D Cook 04/17/02


No Hotter Than West Africa

DEAR IN CHRIST,

THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE AND YOUR WILLINGNESS TO THIS GREAT CALL OF GOD TO DO HIS WORK.... WE ALL WORSHIP IN VICTORIOUS ARMY MINISTRY.

I KNOW YOU WILL BE SURPRISED TO RECEIVE MY MAIL BUT REMEMBER THE BIBLE SAYS, THE BLESSING OF GOD COMES SUPERNATURALLY AND IT IS THROUGH DIVINE FAVOUR.

AFTER I RECEIVED INSTRUCTION FROM GOD TO USE THIS FUNDS TO DO HIS WORK, I PRAYED TO GOD FOR DIRECTION...

I TOLD GOD THAT I WANT A MINISTRY, AN HONEST MAN WHO WILL SPEND THE FUND FOR THINGS THAT WILL GLORIFY HIS NAME.

I CAME ACROSS YOUR ADDRESS IN THE INTERNET AS I WAS BROWSING THROUGH A CHRISTIAN SITE, I TOOK INTEREST IN YOUR MINISTRY, I FASTED AND PRAYED OVER IT AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD DIRECTED ME TOSOW IN YOUR MINISTRY.

THIS REVELATION CAME AFTER MY CONVERSION FROM A MUSLIM TO A CHRISTIAN. I RECEIVED CHRIST AND I FOUND OUT THAT A SINNER HAS NO PLACE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

... IF I SERVE HIM WITH ALL I HAVE AND HE WILL BLESS ME MIGHTILY... I NEED TO MAKE HEAVEN, I DON'T WANT TO PERISH IN HELL FIRE...

GOD OPENED MY EYES TO THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES 6, VERSES 1&2. READ THIS SCRIPTURE AND YOU WILL UNDERSTAND...

GOD WAS TESTING ME LIKE HE TESTED ABRAHAM AND OTHER MEN OF GOD... OBEYED AND GOD MADE HIM FATHER OF MANY NATIONS...

DECIDED TO SOW 70% OUT OF THE TOTAL SUM INTO YOUR MINISTRY, THE REMAINING 30% I WILL INVEST INTO ANY CHRISTIAN RELATED BUSINESS IN YOUR COUNTRY.

IN SECURITY COMPANY HERE IN NIGERIAOMAR WORLD WIDE FINANCE AND SECURITY COMPANY, IN COLLABORATION WITH "DIPLOMATIC EXPRESS COURIER SERVICES"

HELPS IN THE SHIPMENT OF VALUABLE GOODS OUT OF THE COUNTRY THROUGH A DIPLOMATIC MEANS, HEREBY THE FUNDPACKAGED IN CONSIGNMENTS AND DELIVERED TO THE RECIPIENT... AFFILIATE OFFICES ALL OVER EUROPE, AMERICA AND ASIA...

CALL ME ON THIS NUMBER 234-8033059706

REMAIN BLESSED. DEACON JOSEPH

Sent in by Thomas Janssens 05/02/02


Salhia Complex,
Fahed Al-Salem Street,
Safat 13126, Kuwait.

Greetings to you Lord Jesus.

... visited the church website...

I am Abdul Moshen Madaaj Al-Madaaj from Kuwait. I am 83 years old... infected with prostrate cancer... won't live three months... Moslem since I was born... converted myself to be a Christian... new Christian name is Joseph...

... wealth without Christ is vanity upon vanity....

donating... to your church... already transferred the money to Offshore Payment Security Company in Europe... go and sign for the money... travel to Holland.

... don’t want you to mention you are a Bishop or a Rev., because he deals directly with my bank officials and every one of them are Moslems...

... transfer security code numbers which was used in transferring the money from South African Reserve Bank is SARAB 48689210BJ

Offshore Security Center in Holland...

DIPLOMATIC EXPRESS SECURITY COMPANY SERVICES
MR. STEVE MARTINS - Director
Tel: 31612889462 Fax: 31-617654953

... want you to use part of the money in building an old people’s home which will be named after me...

... want you to always pray for me... Alleluia, Alleluia. The Lord Jesus Christ said, if you have to die, keep fit and I will give you the crown of life.

Joseph Al-Madaaj

Sent in by Victor Mwangi 05/01/02


On behalf of my church member, late Chief Sir Daniel Ibeh of the blessed memory...

... beneficiary to the bequest sum... in the codicil to his will and last testament...

... he said, “He is giving back to God just a Little from what God had given to him”. as a result of that he is giving you this because of your involvement in Christian activities, helping the less privileged and in making better the world's situation...

... will was read at the Owerri High Court Probate Division (Registry)...

Rev. Yohanna Dickson (GENERAL OVERSEER, GOD'S GRACE MINISTRY.)

Sent in by Kim Replogle 05/13/02


FREE WILL DONATION:

I am Dr Mathew A Thomas from The Federal Republic Of Nigeria.

I own 60% of the shares in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). I control 45% of The Nigerian Telecommunication Company (NITEL) and numerous other shares in various companies all over the globe.

I feel my wealth is no good without donating a portion of it to charity. I have made it my obligation to donate 5% of my annual profit to charity for the care and upkeep of the less privileged.

I made this obligation because of the fact that I am an orphan, I toiled the tough waters of the world alone to make it to my position today. I wouldn’t have achieved this without the help of charity organizations that made it possible for people like me to be raised in orphanages were we where shown love and giving a chance to survive.

I therefore in turn want to show my gratitude and help the less privileged people through organizations like yours. I use this opportunity to make this donation of US$200,000.00 to your organization.

Inform me as to the necessary procedures required to fulfill this donation.

Sincerely

Dr. Mathew A Thomas.
thomasb\\justice.com

... try calling the manager in charge of this transaction Dr. Samuel Chukwu 234-83 232996 or his personal mobile 234-80 33291795 chukwusamuel\\netscape.net

05/11/02


DEARLY BELOVED,

CALVARY GREETINGS IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

I AM DEACON IDRIS DANGOTE, RETIRED DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF MINISTRY OF AVIATION AND A MEMBER OF REDEEMED PILLER OF FIRE MINISTRY WHICH IS BASICALLY A PRAYER AND DELIVERANCE MINISTRY.

DURING A PRAYER AND FASTING SESSION IN MY MINISTRY I DEMANDED FROM OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST TO GIVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO REDEEM MY LIFE AND PURIFY WHAT REMAINS OF MY WEALTH.

GOD DIVINELY REVEALED TO ME TO INVEST IN HIS KINGDOM THROUGH YOU AND YOUR MINISTRY/GROUP /CHARITY ORGANISATION....

Sent in by Bob Van Cleef 06/20/02


Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am former Mrs. Kadiri Nana, now Mrs. John Mary, Mrs. Momodu Lucy, a widow to Late Sheik Usman Sankoh...

... new Christian convert, suffering from long time cancer of the breast... decided to divide part of this wealth, by contributing to the development of evangelism...

... Are you a God fearing person? Won't you escape into thin air with this money and use it for self interest...

... As soon as i send this mail to you, i will call my lawyer on phone and make your name known as the beneficiary before i go for my medication...

You have to send us the registration certificate of your ministry or any documents relating to the ministry that will stand as a proof that we are dealing with the right person.

In addition you will be required to pay the sum of $550 dollars US for your stamp duty which will be used for all the paperwork.

Office 234-1-4728804 Mobile 234-803-3279474
Barr. Albert Eghieye (JP).
Albert Eghieye & Co Chambers
102 oluyole road Ibadan, Nigeria.
eghieyechambers\\yahoo.com

Sent in by Michael Coverdale 06/23/02


I AM DEACON DAVID IBE OF REDEEMED PILLAR FIRE MINISTRY, BASICALLY A PRAYER AND DELIVERANCE MINISTRY.

I BECAME A BORN AGAIN JUST LAST YEAR, AND AFTER RECEIVING SALVATION, I DEMANDED FROM OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST TO GIVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURIFY WHAT REMAINS OF MY WEALTH AND TO REDEEM MY LIFE AS A VESSEL IN HIS VINE-YARD.

DURING A PRAYER AND FASTING SESSION IN MY MINISTRY, GOD DIVINELY REVEALED TO ME TO INVEST IN HIS KINGDOM THROUGH YOU AND YOUR MINISTRY. STANDING ON MALACHI 3:10 AS MY PORTION, I NOW DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU FOR GOD SAID WE SHOULD NOT NEGLECT THE GIFT THAT IS IN THEE, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT HAS BEEN GIVEN BY PROPHECY; 1 TIMOTHY 4:14.

GET BACK TO ME IMMEDIATELY TO DIRECT IN THE MANNERS GOD HAS DIVINELY REVEALED THE ENTIRE FUNDS SHOULD BE EXPENDED IN HIS KINGDOM.

REMAIN BLESSED, DEACON DAVID IBE .

Dear Co-Servant of God,

I am in receipt of your reply... Malachi 3:10 where our lord Jesus has decreed that we should bring tithes and offerings to his store house... convinced that he will open the windows of heavens and bless us most abundantly.

... presently the managing director of DAVID consultancy firm and IBE foundation...

... for God said in Obadiah 1:17, that upon mountain Zion there will be deliverance, after which holiness and one can posses his possessions that already I have claimed as my portion.

... asked the elders and pastors of my ministry to direct me.

Five names and ministries were nominated and we all prayed for God’s divine confirmation which he did at the third/3rd day...

All you need to do is call the managing director of the NECEX TRUST AND SECURITY COMPANY MADRID SPAIN, Dr. SMITH GOODMAN, TEL OO34-609408610 FAX OO34-916803760

The most important conditionality is you knowing the secret code access number, which is ABN\19a\33b this code is for the release of the fund and it is known only by me and you .

Sent in by Jeff Brookshire 06/28/02


My Lordship,

Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am former Mrs. Hafsat Akume, now Mrs. Veronica Egobia Akume, a widow to Late Sheik Egobia Akume I am 67 years old, I am now a new Christian convert, suffering from CHRONIC MYELOID LEUKEMIA.

From all indications, my condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not live more than six months, because the cancer stage has gotten to a very severe stage. My late husband was killed during the Gulf war, and during the period of our marriage we had a son who was also killed in a cold blood during the Gulf war. My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, bequeathed all his business and wealth to me.

My personal physician told me that I may not live for more than six months and I am so scared about this. So, I now decided to divide part of this wealth, by contributing to the development of evangelism in Africa, America, Europe and Asian Countries.

This mission which will no doubt be tasking had made me to recently relocated to Nigeria, Africa where I live presently. I selected your church after visiting the web site for this purpose and prayed over it, I am willing to donate the sum of US $6.5Million to your Church/Ministry for the development of evangelism and also as aids for the less privileged around us.

Please note that, this fund is lying in a Security Company in Amsterdam, Netherlands and the company has branches therefore my lawyer will file an immediate application for the transfer of the money in the name of your ministry.

I will appreciate it if you do not reply me if you have the intention of using this fund for personal uses other than enhancement of evangelism.

Lastly, I want you/your ministry to be praying for me as regards my entire life and my health because I have come to find out since my spiritual birth lately that wealth acquisition without Jesus Christ in one's life is vanity upon vanity.

If you have to die says the Lord, keep fit and I will give you the crown of life. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.

Yours in Christ
Mrs. Veronica Egobia Akume.
Christ Life Church,
Oluyole, lagos, Nigeria. 07/13/02


Who Can Explain What Canal Eyes Might Be?

DEAR BROTHER IN CHRIST,

CALVARY GREETINGS IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

FIRST AND FOREMOST I WILL LIKE TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I GOT YOUR MAIL THROUGH THE INTERNET AFTER PRAYERS AND FASTING AFTER WHICH THE LORD MINISTERED TO ME TO REACH OUT TO YOUR MINISTRY WITH THIS GIFT.

WHAT EVER I TOLD YOU CANNOT BE EXPLAINED BECAUSE IT IS A DIVINE REVELATION WHICH CANNOT BE LOOKED OR EXPLAINED WITH THE CANAL EYES.

I HAVE BEEN PRAYING AND FASTING FOR FORGIVENESS. I WOULD HAVE GONE INTO EXILE BUT I HAVE RELATIVES HERE INCLUDING MY CHILDREN WHO I CANNOT ABANDON BECAUSE OF MONEY.

I AM NOW BORN AGAIN AND WILL SERVE GOD IN TRUTH AND IN SPIRIT. PART OF WHAT I ACQUIRED ARE TO BE GIVEN TO YOUR MINISTRY. UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF GOD ,I WILL NOT GO OUT TO DO OTHER WISE. I PRAY FOR GOD'S BLESSING AND PROTECTION OVER YOU AS I KNOW THAT YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT SOULS THAT ARE ABOUT TO LOSE OUT TO THE DEVIL WHICH I KNOW I WOULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF THEM IF NOT FOR GOD.

I ASK YOU TO SEE THAT THESE FUNDS IS REALLY UTILIZED TO THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL TO THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH, TO PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING IN IGNORANCE AS THE SCRIPTURES HAS TOLD US THAT "MY PEOPLE PERISH FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE"

I EXPECT YOU TO GIVE ME THE REQUIREMENTS TO COMMENCE OPERATION SUCH AS YOUR FULL NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS. MAY THE BLESSINGS OF OUR LORD BE WITH YOU NOW AND FOREVER AMEN.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU,

YOUR BROTHER IN CHRIST,

DEACON ALABI AMEND

Sent in by Roxy Nolin 10/01/02


AN OFFERING TO THE LORD

I AM GWARZO MUSA... FORMERLY WITH VIGOR BATTERY PRODUCTION COMPANY...

... LOVELY WIFE BUT SHE IS PRESENTLY IN THE BOSOM OF THE LORD... NOT BLESSED WITH THE FRUIT OF THE WOMB... IT IS THE WILL OF THE LORD

... GAVE MY LIFE TO THE LORD AND I HAVE HELD SEVERAL POSTS IN DIFFERENT CHURCHES... HAD A PLAN TO FOR OUR LONG AWAITED CHILD... LODGED $17MILLION IN A SECURITY COMPANY... IMMUNITY IN SPAIN AND HOLLAND

... NOT BE ABLE TO USE THE MONEY AGAIN SINCE I AM 83YRS OLD NOW... DONATE THE MONEY FOR THE WORK OF GOD... WANT YOU TO HELP ME USE THIS MONEY IN ESTABLISHING A BIBLE BELIEVING CHURCH OF GOD... SOMETHING A CHILD OF GOD MUST DO... MY DAYS ARE NUMBERED...

WARM GREETINGS TO YOU AND YOUR BRETHEN.
GWARZO MUSA

Sent in by Anita Van Ingen 09/06/02


Yours in Christ,
Mrs Fatima Alamin Alaminings,
45 Tuntunwada Road, Sokoto, Nigeria.

David Olowo and Co;
12 Adeoyo Crescent Ikeja-lagos
Mobile:++234-80-233-07622


Targeting Charitable Groups Beyond Just Churches

03/04 - The World Land Trust received an email purporting to come from a representative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Direct Impact Grant Program, saying they would like to consider the charity for its next round of funding.

These sort of approaches are not so unusual as to raise any suspicions, and the request to send copies of recent accounts, new projects, address of our website etc. made it even more realistic.

And of course the Gates Foundation has the reputation of dishing out substantial grants. So they sent off their application, and received a standard acknowledgment by return, which is what one would expect.

They thought little more about it until earlier this week, when an email came in informing them that they had been awarded $5million. Immediately the penny dropped, and they realised it was a scam.

In order to make sure they didn't fall for a scam of this sort in the future they spent a bit of time checking it out. The email awarding the grant directed them to a website AngloTrustBank.com, which has no phone numbers, and the only address is a PO Box number in Swindon, and no company of that name or similar registered with Companies House, all of which are highly suspicious.

A quick call to the Metropolitan Police Fraud Squad confirmed that it was a known scam. But the worry is that some charities might get caught - and would they report it since it could get them into serious trouble to admit they had been caught.

The World Land Trust is a relatively sophisticated internet user, and one of the few charities raising a significant part of its income from the internet. There is a concern then, for smaller, more naive charities who are not geared up to deal with situations like this. So far it appears that little publicity has been given to this scam aimed at the charity sector.


Healing Fields Ministry, Church of God Mission, Goodwill Ministries
Trust Funds - Fundacion Dove, William Kaufmann Charities, Johannes Cruff Heart Project


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