Have you received this kind of email?
“From: Evang Mrs Marian Author
SUBJECT: FAITH OF DONATION.
Beloved In Christ,
PLEASE ENDEAVOUR TO USE IT FOR GOD.
Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am Evangelist Marian Author, a widow to Late Steve Author. I am 60 years old; I am now a new Christian convert, suffering from long time cancer of the Lung. 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, I inherited all his business and wealth. 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.
I selected you after visiting the website for this purpose and prayed over it, I am willing to donate the sum of $3,000,000.00 Million US Dollars to the motherless baby homes, needy, poor, charity homes and widows too. Please note that, this fund is lying in a Security company therefore my lawyer will file an immediate application for the transfer of the money in the name of your ministry. Please, do not reply me if you have the intention of using this fund for personal use other than enhancement of evangelism.
Lastly, I want you 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.
You can reply me via my personal email: firstname.lastname@example.org I await your urgent reply.”
This is an email scam known as “419 scam” or Nigerian scam. We came to know that few Christian workers have been cheated in this way. That’s why we thought it would be wise to bring this fraud to the attention of our readers.
This particular kind of email is targeted at Christians and Christian workers. Many fall prey to the scam thinking it is genuine reading Christian clichés in the email.
The modus operandi of this and similar scams are as follows. If you responds back to email they will ask to deposit the lawyers’ fees to transfer it to your name. After few days, they will send some fake certificates. Later another mail will follow asking to deposit money for courier charges to send the “box of money” to India. Once the money is deposited,again money will be requested for customs clearance. When the cash is deposited, an agent will deliver a box with “millions” with secret lock and tell that owner’s representative will come and open it. Finally, one person will come and open the box full of black coloured “dollar notes”. In order to convince that all the notes are genuine,he will take and give one or two genuine notes washing it with a “special solution”. And they leave behind box of “black coloured money”. These dollars can be “used” only after washing with special solution for which you have to pay more money again. Thus the scam is a step by step fleecing of money showing a box of “millions” which are just paper.And in each step the money to be deposited will range from ten thousands to few lakhs.
We know of few cases where Christian workers have fallen into deep debt for paying the advance money or lost all their earnings believing this is a gift from God. So use your common sense and don’t fall prey to such scams which comes through email or SMS. Always remember what Paul reminds Timothy “ the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.