Instant Millionaire!

When I first got the email I’ve share below I was just going to post it to show share the attempted scam.  It’s either a scam or someone is actually willing to give me $4.5 million!  Yeah, I’m holding my breath.  I’ve seen stories on investigative reporting shows about such scams.  Then I thought, why do people continue mailing and emailing these fraudulent requests?  Why did so many people fall for the current Wall Street scandals?  Why do people attempt to commit this fraud to begin with?  The main reason these things happen is because the perpetrators and the victims have the same motivation.  Greed!

These scams work because they know if they make the bait sweet enough someone will bite.  Just read the letter I received below.  Would you fall for it?  Well, we all fall for all kinds of things both Christians and non-Christians.  We may not fall for a scam like the one listed here.  Though we may think we need to have a house or other items we can’t afford.  We have to have them now!

Well, Christian, here are a few Scriptures (from the NASB) to meditate on.

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. 7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

So what is the answer? Paul tells us in the same letter.

11 But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

And then.

Phil. 4:2 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.  3 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

to: undisclosed-recipients
date: Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM
subject: Attn….congratulations we have been trying to reach you


In response to your e-mail. As i was ordered by my boss Dr.Fernandez Campbell before he travelled to London for official purposes, Carefully take note of the full procedure to receive your compensation draft of the full amount of $4.5,000,000.00 (FOUR MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS)

***You are receiving this fund (For your private use and investment) as compensation from the Federal Ministry of Finance Nigeria to your country in settlement of bad debts owed and appreciation of international relations for the past 50 years with your country***
You need to reconfirm your full mailing address and name in the Clearance/Identification Verification form below, for proper verification and authentication to avoid mismatch of personal information as the amount involved is a large sum;

Full Name **: ………………

Contact Address (Including City, State & Zip code)**: …..

Contact Telephone # (Cell & Home Phones) **:…………………………..

Gender: ……………………………………………….

Occupation **: ………………………………

Certified Identification (E.g., Drivers License Number)



Bank Name ……………………………….

Note: Fields with ** are mandatory. Before i can proceed sending you your draft, statutory requirements have to be met. A Certified Identification of your self (which you can tender now tender to the deliver man before he drops your parcel) and clearance/verification form above. It can be scanned and emailed to me at this email address:timmonsray07@gmail.comThere are various service plans to have your draft delivered to your door step However on receipt of your Identification, i will give you contact details of a finance oriented courier company which we often use here in our office. They are capable of handling such draft with high face value at
“low cost ($) in due time”.

All dealings and arrangements for the draft to be mailed to you will be made “directly with the finance oriented courier company”, Also Being that the draft has a high amount face value,
supporting documents (Fund Release Approval Documents)to authenticate the draft will be included in the parcel to avoid delay in cashing the draft. A copy of the fund release approval letter in your favor will be emailed to you for your perusal “but only after verification”.Once you conclude with the courier company, Receipts/Dispatch Airway Bills a tracking # will be given to you to track your parcel through the way until you receive the parcel.

Please act promptly so we can have this concluded ASAP, I will await you response ASAP with a scanned copy of your Identification.

Give me a call on my Direct Line +234-803-567-8792 immediately you get this
message for further information.

Best Regards,
Mr.Timmons ray
Fund Release Control Department

Needless to say, my answer to “Timmons ray” is no thanks. Funny how it seems easiest to see these problems when the topic is money.  However, we should be content in the Lord Jesus in all things.

For what it’s worth…


tagged as , in Culture,economics,Gospel,morality,theology

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 mma gear February 4, 2009 at 1:01 am

Yeah these scams seem to never go away, its a shame that some people do get taken advantage of. A rule of thumb is that if it sounds to good to be true, then its probably a scam!

2 abclay February 4, 2009 at 11:13 pm

Their grammar is almost as bad as mine, LOL.


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