What Would Jesus Do?
Date Added: Oct. 19, 2003
An old scammer's rule says 'go for the greedy side of the good-hearted.' The message below does just that by appealing to churches and well-intended individuals for help protecting millions of dollars from non-Christian interlopers, in exchange for a percentage of the take.
From: Mrs Serena Jones
PLEASE ENDEAVOUR TO USED IT FOR THE CHILDREN OF GOD.
I am the above named person from Kuwait. I am married to Dr. Harry Jones who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year 2000.
We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born again Christians.Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against.When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of$8.6Million (Eight Million six hundred thousand U.S. Dollars) with one finance/security company in Amsterderm Holland. Presently, this money is still with the Security Company.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to cancer problem. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to church or better still a christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in. I want a church that will use this fund to fund churches, orphanages and widows propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to understand that Blessed is the hand that giveth.
I took this decision because I donít have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I donít want my husbandís hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers. I donít want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner. Hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. 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 donít need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health because of the presence of my husbandís relatives around me always. I donít want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Finance/Security Company in Amsterderm Holland. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the original- beneficiary of this fund.
I want you and the church to always pray for me because the lord is my shephard. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for a chuch or christian individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hoping to hearing from you.
N.B-PLEASE I WILL ADVICE YOU TO GIVE THE LAWYER IN CHARGE A CALL IN HOLLAND IMMEDIATELY, HE DOES EVERYTHING ON MY BEHALF AND HE'S VERY UNDERSTANDING AND I BELIEVE HE WILL LEAD YOU TO YOUR SUCCESS IN JESUS NAME, THE LAWYER'S NUMBER IS 0031620668086.
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
The letter above is just one of hundreds of variations on the Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud scam. The names change from version to version, but the message is always the same: A relative or colleague of a high-ranking official in a foreign land has millions of dollars they need to smuggle out of the country, but they need the help of a third party (you) to get it out. Of course, they promise you'll be rewarded handsomely with a share of the funds for your assistance.
These scammers typically target individuals or small businesses, but, a few years ago, they set their sights on churches and other religious organizations. Appealing to traditional Christian values, they try to convince you that what they are asking you to do is for the greater good, despite being of questionable morality and legality.
What they are proposing is definitely illegal, but that doesn't really matter since the money they're offering doesn't exist. If you respond to one of these offers, you'll probably be told that you need to send several hundred (or thousand) dollars in order to facilitate the bank transfer. Or, you'll be asked to provide your own banking details, presumably so they can deposit the money in your account. Of course, if you send them the "fee," don't expect to see any return on the investment. And, if you give them access to your account, kiss your savings goodbye.
You may be tempted to respond to these scammers to question their intentions or to let them know you're on to their ruse - but don't! These aren't bored teenagers out for a cheap thrill and, maybe, to make a buck in the process. The people who perpetrate these scams are ruthless, hardened criminals who will stop at nothing to achieve their ultimate goal - access to your bank account. People around the globe lose millions to these criminals each year. They may also lose their independence, security, identity and even their lives.
If you receive a letter like the one above, your best bet is to delete it and forget it. If you live in the United States and have lost money to one of these scams, or feel you may be at risk to do so, contact your U.S. Secret Service Field Office. Break this chain.
References: Secret Service Advisory