Below is the text of several separate hoax emails I have received, each essentially making the same appeal, EXCEPT Message #10, which is a disturbing departure from the former trend to a more heart-tugging style. This one is ESPECIALLY pernicious! The picture mentioned in Message #10 wasn't included either, adding further suspicion to its validity. All people and organizations (especially Christian churches) with compassionate hearts, BEWARE of these kinds of heartless connivers who are nothing more than wolves in sheeps' clothing! To read more about these sorts of scams, read the Scambusters online newsletter, Issue #60, which provides further details for which to watch.

Note the failed attempt to personalize the first message, too. I guess their email personalizer didn't do its task. Before you leave this page, be sure to check out this hilarious site that scams the scammers right back! Also, here's another funny spoof on the Nigerian email scams: Enjoy!

Message #1

Sent: Monday, March 31, 2003 5:39 AM
Subject: WORRIED

28e JosepBroz Tito Avenue
Accra, Ghana


Blessing to you and the Church in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I know that this letter will come as a surprise to you but I pray that you find in your heart the time and will to help me pray and ask the Lord for forgiveness of my late husband sins for he have sinned. he have killed, raped, and done a lot of unforgivable things that I cannot but bow my head in shame, so please brother, help pray for his soul and me.

My late husband name is SAKONDI ZAKOLO alias '' Terror'' special Military assistant to the late president Laurent Kabila of the democratic republic of Congo. I ill be 35years this year and out of this years 16 years was spent by my husband in the bush fighting as a Guerilla. All these years his total devotion was to the late President. He stole, killed and committed all kind of atrocities. When eventually they succeeded in over- running the Late Mobutu Sese Sekos army, he was handsomely rewarded with the position of special military assistance of the President. Aside being his Chief Security officer, he was also charged with the responsibility of ensuring steady purchase and supply of arms from Europe.

A week before the death of the late President he was suppose to be in Europe with a total sum of $32.5 million dollars cash which was to be transfrred through diplomatic means. This money was to effect the payment of shipment of long-range anti-tanker launchers to my country when he learnt of the sudden death of the president. His initial reaction was to return this money to the government but he latter transferred it to Europe. It was in Kinshasa that he was piosoned,only God knows why.

I feel my husband sins are catching up with us; His past is out to hunt us. I have prayed to the Lord for forgiveness of his sins and to the glory of the Lord I have not touched this money. I have move to Ghana with my children, the government have assumed that my late husband hide the money somewhere and besides, I do not want them to receive the money again since they will use it to persecute the war. Personally I do not want anything to do with that money again. I feel the only way I can purge my soul, redeem my conscience in the face of humanity is by giving this money back to humanity through a living Church that will use it to propagate the name of the Lord, may be our father Jesus may consider my poor husband soul for forgiveness. Can your Church manage this fund?

I am new in Ghana and have been living very low here, all this while hiding away from the State Security operatives sent to bring me back to Congo. I am currently in hiding and by the special mercies and grace of the Lord I hope to dedicate my whole life to the worship of the Lord. I can only be reached through my mail address: but I hope I will get a phone soon. while replying to this mail please enclose your telephone and fax number so that I can call you through a pay phone. Please continue to pray for me and my family as I anxiously await your reply. May God bless you and your ministry.


Message #2



I got your contact address on my desperate search for a reliable person/company for partnership investments overseas. By introduction, I am FORTUNE COLMAN from Sierra Leonean the son of late DR.PHILLIP COLMAN,Before the death of my father he disclosed to me about the total sum of $10 million US dollars he deposited under a suspense account with a bank in Abidjan Capital City Of Cote dIvoire.

This fund represent the huge Sales of Gold and Diamond he diverted while in office as the director general for Gold and Diamond Mining Co-Opretionin in Sierra Leone .For security reason according to my late father, he made an agreement with the bank that his partner/beneficiary will come forward to submit his banking details for onward transfer of the fund to his account.

DR.PHILLIP COLMAN , my late father advice me in case if he died that I should look for a foreigner who will stand as the beneficiary of the fund so that the fund will be transfer to his/her account for partnership investment. Right now, I am in Abidjan Ivoire with my only sister called CAROLINE COLMAN, the purpose of transferring this fund to a trustworthy account.

Meanwhile, I am writing to know if you can stand as the beneficiary of the fund and to also provide me your banking details so that I will submit it to the bank for transfer of the fund for partnership investment you will introduce in your country.

Note that after the transfer is made to your account, you will then with draw some money and send to us in order for me and my only sister CAROLINE secure the necessary documents to enable us come over to meet you for the investment. On confirmation of your interest to assist us,the certificate of deposit with the agreementry letter of the fund which was issued to my late father by the bank on the day he deposited the fund will be forward to you for your confirmation. 10% of the total sum will be offered to you for your assistance, while 2% will be set aside for any expenses that might arise during the transfer.

Indicate your interest as soon as you received this mail, and note that this transaction need to be confidential.

We wait to hearing from you.



Message #3

Sent: Monday, June 02, 2003 7:02 PM

From: Mrs. Sarah Rowland

I am the above named person from Malaysia but now undergoing medical treatment in malaysia. I am married to Dr.Alan George Rowland who worked with Malaysia embassy in South Africa 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$27.6Million (twenty-seven Million six hundred thousand U.S. Dollars) with one finance/security company in Europe. 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. 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 or individual that will use this 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 don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers. I don't 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 bossom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health,and because of the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I don't 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 Europe. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower 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 church or christian individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hoping to hear from you.

Remain blessed in the name of the Lord. Yours in Christ, Mrs Sarah Rowland.

Message #4

Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2003 3:20 PM


Dear Friend,

With due respect and humility I write you this proposal which I believe would be of great interest to you. I am MRS JULIET SANKOH, the wife of the late DR, FREDERICK SANKOH of the blessed memory, Prior to my Husband assassination by the rebel forces loyal to Major John Paul Koromah, he was the Director general National Gold and Diamond Mining Corporation of Sierra Leone.Before my husband was assassinated, he instructed me and my children (MICHAELand JOHN) to move out of Sierra Leone immediately, before the powerful Economic Community of West Africa States ( ECOMOG) forces intervened which eventually resulted into a brutal civil war. I and my children managed to escape to Abidjan, Republic of C?te d' Ivoire through the help of my Husband friend.

We came into Abidjan with some thing valuables including cash sum of $30,000,000,00 ( THIRTY MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ) in one truck box which I deposited with a security company here in Abidjan Cote d' Ivoire with my first son's name ( michael).For your information we did not disclosed the real content of the box to the security company and we do not wish them to know this under any circumstances.Rather, we deposited the box as containing family valuables.Meanwhile, I want to leave C?te d' Ivoire entirely with this money for investment in your country because of the stable political situation and mostly for the future of my children.

I therefore require you to please assist me in the following areas, hence my children are still underage-1) Changing the ownership of the money in your name as the sole beneficiary,to enable us transfer the money into your country.2) You are also required to negotiate for the best project where this money could be invested.3) Above every other thing you shall keep the confidentiality of this transaction. We have it in mind to reward you handsomely for your assistance. We areprepared to give you 20% of the total sum, while 5% will cover any expenses you made. Also you shall have 5% of the total profit of the investment because you are to manage it for my children.Do not hesitate to call my son MICHAEL on this Email.

Immediately you receive this letter to enable us proceed in Earnest towards concluding this transfer.

May God bless you as you assist us.

Yours sincerely


Message #5

From:Francis Williams
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
West Africa.


After i've gotten all the contact from the Ivoirian chamber of commerce and industry.I praied over it and selected your contact from,due to its esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me as a reputable and trust worthy person that i can do busi ness with, i must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and fincere business.

I am Francis Williams the only son of late Mr and Mrs Collins Williams. My father was a very wealthy man even before he enter the post of a minister.As a finace minister of Namibia So he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their ou ting on a business trip. My mother died when i was still a baby and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father on May 2001 in a private hospital here, he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of se venteen million five hundred thousand United State Dollars USD (17.500,000) left in fixed suspense account in one of the prime bank of Abidjan Cote d' Ivoire,that he used my name as his only son for the next of kin in depositing the foud. He also explain ed to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates.That i should seek for a foregin partner in a country of my choice where i will transfer the money to and use it for investment purpose such as real estate mangem ent or hotel mangement.

Sir, i am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways;

(1) To provide a bank account into which the money can be transfer to.
(2) To serve as a guadian of this fund.
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education.

Moreover dear, i am will to offer you 15% of the total money after all the expences as your effort input for the fransfering of the money into your nominated account overseas. Furthermore you indicate your options towards assisting me as i believe that this transaction wuold be concluded within fourteen (14) days you signify interest to assist me Anticipating to hear from you soon.

Thanks and God bless.

Best regards,

Francis Williams

Message #6

Beloved in Christ,

It is a priviledge to write to you and to relate my testimony.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 position as a financial secretary, I was able to divert up to $25,000,000.00(Twenty Five million U.S Dollars, into my personal Bank Account, hoping to invest the money when I’m retired.

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

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 praying, through Divine Revelation, the Almighty God revealed to me that the only way I could have rest of mind is when I used all 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 loosing 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 adviced me to sneak out of the country with the money to sow it into a ministry 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 FULL NAMES, YOUR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS,YOUR TELEPHONE/FAX NUMBERS,where I can fax the Airway Bill to you for claim of the consignment.

Expecting to hear from you ASAP

God bless you.

Deacon John

Message #7

Richfaith Christian Ministry
(Soul Winning Centre)
Telephone No:- 234-8033011343.

Dear Brethrens in Christ,


Calvary greetiongs to you in the name of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ . I know that this my mail might surprise you, but don't worry because that is God's doing. I am Pastor (Miss) Joyce Chukwu and by the special grace of God, I am a co- worker in OUR LORD'S VINE-YARD as stated as in above and also the cordinator of the church's second year anniversarry which will hold on the 31 day of, August 2003.

The comission of this ministry is soul winning.

We have been highly committed in reaching the unsaved ones for christ and to render help to the less privileged with tremendious efforts /assistance from the young ministers and those in mission fields by the special grace of God. This ministry has been raised out of a compassion and concern to prepare people for the second coming of our Lord (Jesus Christ), and to promote Love, Peace and Unity among christians and churches irrespective of race, tribe and denominations.

To be honest with you, the journey has not been easy within these two years although with God all things are possible, this is because some of the older & already established ministers of the Gospel here in Nigeria do not want the new churches to spring up, talkmore of giving us support or encouragement as beloved brothers in the Lord.

The worst of it all is that the Islamic centres here in Nigeria are embrassing most christians and some of this our new ministries by the huge financial/Moral support the ISLAMIC CENTERES receive from both local and international Islamic communities. But even at that, the christians are better off. PRAISE ALMIGHTY JEHOVA-HE IS ALWAYS FAITHFUL.

To God be the glory, this ministry which started with twenty members two years ago now has a full congregation of two thousand one and fifty members. This is excluding twenty-five Liberians who are taking refuge in this ministry since a month ago because of the ongoing civil- War in that country. There are also people we never knew before, but when we noticed that they are not only christians but that they also desire our assistance, we had no option than to accept them and take care of them as our beloved brothers in the Lord.

But we are having some little difficulties of like:
1. Lack of accomodation for worship especially this peak period of raisning season in Nigeria.
2. Lack of money to take care of those sent out into mission field
3. Lack of good evangelictical equipment (Buses,Bibles, Video & Photograph Cameras, Mobile Phone handsets etc.).

With respect to our second year anniversary and thanksgiving service coming up on sunday 31st August 2003, we humbly call on you and on all our fellow belivers/brethrens in the Lord to assist us financially and materially for the success of this anniversary and the propagation of the Wonderious works and word of God.

I would appreciate any assistance you give in CASH OR KIND towards the sucessful propagation of GOD'S KINGDOM here on earth and the on coming anniversary.

All monetary donations/gift should be sent to the name/address of the church secreatary as stated below and please all monetary gift(cash) should be sent via the WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER to the reciver with the enclosed details below and all gift(kind) should be sent to the under listed address too via the courier service.


Address: 3 Karunwi street, Itere suru-lere, Lagos-Nigeria.
Text Question: 2corinthians 2:20
Answer: Ambassadors for Christ.


May God extablish you more as you build his church. And may you reap bountifully as you sow in the house of God.
We are looking forward for your favourable reply.

Yours faithfully,
Pastor (Miss) Joyce Chukwu.
(For-General overseer.)

Message #8

My Lordship,

Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am former Mrs fatima Ibrahim, now Mrs mary Ibrahim, a widow to Late Sheik Mohammed Ibrahim, I am 72years old, I am now a new Christian convert, suffering from long time cancer of the breast. 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.

This mission which will no doubt be tasking had made me to recenlty relocated to Nigeria, Africa where I live presently. 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.

Please note that, this fund is lying in a Security Company in Europe 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.

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/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 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.

If your are interested do reach my Attorney

His Particulars are
Name :Barrister Alexander Ighodaro(SAN)

Thanks for your assistance

Yours in Christ,
Mrs Mary Ibrahim,
Sokoto, Nigeria.

Message #9

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 Godīs 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 Lucas Owove, 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, etc.

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 realized 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 wok as instructed by the owner before his death.

After my fasting and prayers, I asked God to make his choice and direct me to a 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 here in Nigeria where I deposited the consignments that contained the fund, that I will provide the beneficiary of the funds.

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 email address.

You should also forward to me your complete contact informations,(i.e)contact address, telephone and fax numbers for easy communication and to fax you the documents concerning the consignments.

Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.

Yours in Christ.
Barr. Lucas Owove

Message #10

Greetings in the name of the Lord,

The poor boy in the picture attached is an undergraduate of Obafemi Awolowo university in osun state in Nigeria. He is a victim of fire that detroyed the school campus. He was treated in a hospital in Nigeria.

But after treatment he can not see,the expert doctors said that he will need to be flown aboard for further treatment.To enable him regain his sight and be able to use his hands again. So we his friends and classmates is using this medium to ask for help from you in order for us to raise funds for him to be flown aboard (U.K) for the treatment.

The doctors has estimated the cost of treatment to be 7,500 british pounds sterling.So we humbly ask for your assistant in order for us to save his life and give him the much needed hope in order for him to be well again and complete his education.As he has much to give back to the society at large.

Kindly save a soul,as God will reward you for any donation that you will make to save this boy's life.God loves a cheerful giver and you will be blessed.We have also attached a photo of the boy,so that you will see his condition.Please nothing will be too small as donation,as we want him to return to studies as soon as possible and this will only possible with your help.

God bless you as you donation,note as you donate after the successful operation,the boy will personal send you a personal email thanking you for your assistance.

Note:If you are giving kindly respond to this mail,we only ask you give freely,as we do not have fraudulent intentions.

God bless,