Was I Too Harsh?

Over at de-conversion.org, I received a message on my account there which read as follows:

“Dear One in Christ,

I am Mrs Cathrine NLEM ,from Cote D’ Ivoire .I am married to late Mr frank NLEM, who worked as a senior manager with the Ivory Coast refinary for Twenty-Six years before he died in the year 2005,after a brief illness that lasted for only five days.

We were married for Eighteen years with a son (mathew) who later died in a motor accident. Before the untimely death of my husband,we were both born again Christians. Since after his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of one Million,Eight hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$1.8m) in a General Trust Account with a prime bank in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire. Presently,this money is still with the bank.

Recently,Following my ill health, my Doctor told me that I may not last for the next six months due to my cancer problem.The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness.Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a Christain organization or someone that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein,according to the desire of my late husband before his death.

I want this fund to be used in Christain Activities like,Orphanages, Christain schools, and Churches for propagating the word of God and to endeavor 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 efforts to be used by unbelievers. I don’t want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why I am taking this 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 don’t need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence 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 bank in Abidjan. I will also issue you the documents that will prove you the present 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.

Contact me on this e-mail address:
(k_nlem7@yahoo.ca) any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another person for this same purpose.

Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply.
Remain blessed in the Lord.

Yours in Christ,

Mrs Cathrine NLEM”

My Reply:

“Hi Katy,

I’m going to have to pass on this opportunity. You see, I don’t think that good causes and charity should be limited to those people who believe in a superstitious myth about an invisible person in the sky based on a tribal Jewish war god.

If you were genuine in wanting to give money for a good cause, then just ask, leave out the emotional blackmail and the irrelevant quoting of scripture. If your faith is really that important, why don’t you just pray to get better? And is it god’s purpose to secure funds for Christian causes only by sending out unsolicited requests over private message?

All the best

evanescent”

I don’t think I was too harsh, assuming that the e-mail is genuine, but, call me a miserable old cynic, I don’t quite think that it is! The “if you don’t reply soon I’ll find another [total stranger] to offer this money to” is more reminiscent of a chain e-mail!

I wonder if she’ll reply… Probably not. Has anyone else seen this message?

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12 Responses to “Was I Too Harsh?”

  1. Joe Says:

    Seems like a scam email to me. The religious references are added to gain trust. I wouldn’t have replied.

  2. Felicia Gilljam Says:

    Not seen that particular one but something very similar – it’s definitely a scam. I guess no one sends money to Nigerian princes anymore so scammers have turned into Christian charities instead…

  3. ESVA Says:

    I got the same message through the PM service at de-conversion.com. I sneered for a couple of seconds and deleted it. It’s definitely a scam.

  4. adeistic Says:

    I don’t think that one *can* be too harsh to scammers.

    Nonsense like that probably fools few, but the sort of Christian who donates to televangelists might well be conned.

  5. tobe38 Says:

    I’ve had similar messages to my hotmail account. It’s amazing how quickly I can find the delete button and click it – I never knew I had such quick reaction times!

  6. nullifidian Says:

    You need to train your spam filters a little further. 🙂

  7. ordinary girl Says:

    That’s hilarious! I love taunting scammers.

  8. northpointcc Says:

    It is very common scam, I have received numerous ones very similar to that.

  9. Misanthropic Scott Says:

    It’s called a Nigerian 419 Scam. They’ve been around for years. This is a new variation on it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigerian_scam

    Here’s my personal favorite example. This one is deliberately humor in the style of the more typical version of such scams.

    http://project-apollo.net/blog/usenet/alderaan.txt

    Beware, the new version of these scams is to actually send you a check, either for purchase of some item you have for sale or for winning a foreign lottery. In the former case, the check will be too large and they will want a refund. In the latter, taxes will be owed within three days. In either case, you send the money, the other check bounces.

  10. Shalini Says:

    There were a few of those that escaped my spam filter.

  11. Twelve Says:

    Well, if it were genuine, you would have been too harsh, I think, but since it wasn’t….

  12. Twelve Says:

    Nonsense like that probably fools few, but the sort of Christian who donates to televangelists might well be conned.

    You’d be surprised.


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