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ACNS3563 Email scams in danger of destroying communication

From "Anglican Communion News Service" <>
Date Wed, 27 Aug 2003 15:23:14 +0100

ACNS 3563     |     ACO     |	  27 AUGUST 2003 

Email scams in danger of destroying communication

Authentic endeavours to communicate with people around the globe from
Africa are being subverted every day as a result of the increasing
number of email scams, says Canon Jim Rosenthal, Director of
Communications for the Anglican Communion Office.

Speaking to a group of 35 seminarians from 17 Anglican provinces at the
International Study Centre in Canterbury last week, Canon Rosenthal
said, "The scams are so dangerous that many recipients of emails that
even look or appear to be from an African source are inclined to delete

The emails often begin with "We greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ" or "Dear Beloved in Christ" and sometimes contain the words
"Kingdom Investment" or "God's Blessing" in the subject line in an
attempt to appear as if they are being sent from a genuine and
trustworthy source. This is followed by an appeal for your bank details
so people can send you, at no obligation, millions of dollars being held
in banks or with security firms, usually from a recently departed

The BBC reported that some people have lost much money, and even their
homes, in responding to these scams. The writers, if engaged, turn out
to be real people trying to manipulate information in their own setting.
One bishop told Canon Rosenthal that he deletes about 100 such appeals
per week.

Having recently addressed the same issue, the Revd Jan Nunley, deputy
director of the Episcopal News Service, reported that sometimes the
victim is encouraged to travel to Nigeria - without a visa - and winds
up missing. "Secret Service agents are currently on temporary assignment
at the American Embassy in Lagos to help US citizens victimised by the
scams," she said. "The Financial Crimes Division of the Secret Service
reports it receives approximately 100 telephone calls from victims and
potential victims, and up to 500 pieces of related correspondence, per

Canon Rosenthal has travelled to most of the Anglican provinces and says
his heart goes out to "people wanting to communicate real need". He
said, "The risk of viruses, scams, spams and more, could well destroy
the communications we now see as so advanced. It is appalling." He added
that he hopes the leaders of churches in Africa would make a statement
on the scams in the "strongest possible" way and soon.

An example of one of the email scams follows:

Dear Beloved in Christ,

It is by the grace of God that I received Christ, knowing the truth and
the truth have set me free. Having known the truth, I had no choice than
to do what is lawful and right in the sight of God for eternal life and
in the sight of man for witness of God's mercy and glory upon my life. I
have the pleasure to share my testimony with you, having seen your
contact from the Internet. I am Barrister Osaji Allen, the legal adviser
to late Mr and Mrs Bright Williams, a British couple that lived in my
Country Nigeria for 25 years before they both died in the plane crash
late last year. These couples were good Christians, they so dedicated to
God but they had no child till they died. Throughout their stay in my
country, they acquired a lot of properties like lands, house properties,

As their legal adviser, before their death, the husband Mr Bright
Williams instructed me to write his WILL. Because they had no child,
they dedicated their wealth to God. According to the WILL, the
properties have to be sold and the money be given out to a ministry for
the work of God. As their legal adviser, all the documents for the
properties were in my care. He gave me the authority to sell the
properties and give out the fund to the Ministries for the work of God.

In short, I sold all the properties after their death, as instructed by
Mr Bright Williams before his death. And as matter of fact, after I sold
all their properties, I realized more than $10,000,000.00 (Ten million
US dollars plus), and what supposed to be the percentage interest of my
right legal fee was firstly deducted by me out of the total amount
realize from the sold properties, this was base on the initial agreement
between me and the owner of the properties before his death. Therefore
the total amount left to be invested into God's work as instructed by
the owner, is $10,000,000.00 (Ten million US dollars) only. But Instead
of giving the main fund out for the work of God as instructed to me by
the owner before his death. I converted the fund to myself with the
intention of investing the fund abroad for my personal use. I was afraid
of putting the fund in the Bank, because I have to give account to the
bank on how I got the money. I then packaged the fund in consignments
and deposited the consignments with a security company. I did not want
the management of the Security company to know the content of the
consignments, therefore I registered the content of the consignments as
Gold Bars. Now, the security company believes that what I deposited with
them was Gold Bars.

I had encounter with Christ when Pastor Benny Hinn was preaching on
television concerning Ananias and Saphira in Acts 5:1-11. After hearing
the word of God, I gave my life to Christ and became a born again
Christian. As a born again Christian, I started reading my bible and one
day, the Lord opened my eyes to Ezekiel 33: 18 and 19 where the word of
God says: "When the righteous truth from his righteousness, and
committee iniquity, he shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn
from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall
live thereby". From the scripture, I discovered that the only way I
could have peace in my life is to do what is lawful and right by giving
out the fund as instructed for the work of God by the owner before his
death. I have asked God for forgiveness and I know that God have
forgiven me. But I have to do what is lawful and right in the sight of
God by giving out the fund to the chosen ministry for the purpose of
God's work as instructed by the owner before his death.

After my fasting and prayers, I asked God to make his choice and direct
me to an honest Christian or the chosen ministry that deserves this fund
by his Grace. I then came across your address on the Internet as I was
browsing through a Christian site, and as a matter of fact, it is not
only you or your ministry that I picked on the Christian site initially,
but after my fervent prayer over it, then you were nominated to me
through divine revelation from God, so these are how I received such a
divine revelation from the Lord, how I got your contact information, and
I then decided to contact you for the fund to be used wisely for things
that will glorify the name of God. I have notified the Security Company
where I deposited the consignments that contained the fund, that I am
moving the consignment abroad and the security company has since been
waiting for my authority for the consignment to leave my country and
move to abroad.

So if you know that you will use this fund honestly and wisely for
things that will glorify God's name, then do contact me back first
through this private email address:

You should also forward to me your telephone and fax number for easy
communication and to fax you the documents concerning the consignments.

Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.

Yours in Christ,

BARR Osaji Allen

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