It is so common to receive emails from supposedly Christian individuals or Christian organisations asking for help or donations one way or another to help them in their charity or ministries. But when you received an email from the scam capital of the world, you have to be diligent to make sure you are not enriching the coffers of scammers.
A friend used to borrow money from me which I declined because he has been irresponsible for his own financial management and has fallen into the vice of gambling. He then remarked that he would approach his colleague because this man is a Christian and is helpful and kind as though myself being a Christian is unhelpful and unkind.
The people in this world think that Christians are stupid and can be easily manipulated because the Bible teaches Christians to be charitable. However, the Bible also teaches Christians to be wise and not be easily taken in by scammers.
Matthew 10:16: Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Below is an email from Nigeria requesting for help with Christian materials for the ministries.
From: Bright Bamiu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave His life for us at the cross that we who believe in Him might have eternal life.
I am the pastor of Christian Bible Church. Am married with children. I’m age 50 and my wife 45. My occupation is farming. Ten years after giving my life to Jesus Christ I had a divine call from God to the ministry here in my village. Initially l resisted but when God started moving and dealing in my heart, l obeyed and went into this ministry. Our church is located in a rural village community of about 8,000 inhabitants which is a typical traditional community, in recent years this village has been greatly stroked by ethnic clashes which had resulted in many death and made many children homeless and orphans. Our church is presently the only one which have moved in here despite many oppositions and threats to our lives .Many new convert have now joined us, as it has really been difficult for us since many wanted to stop the gospel of Jesus Christ from coming in, but they failed. The Bible says in Isaiah 59:19, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” And I John 4:4 says, “Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” When we recognize the reality of God’s word in these chapters the devil is no match for us. Today the Lord is with us, as many keep joining our Church. We have also added a small orphanage home where we care for orphans. Our goals are to bring them up for their service to the Lord. “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
The people here are unskilled laborers who engages in manual farming! fishing! etc
We are writing to request for your assistance for materials.
Presently, we are GREATLY and URGENTLY in need of:
16 Large Print Center Column Reference Bibles
Our members cannot afford to buy Bibles and many have not opened it since their birth. These materials will be helpful for our study and research and my wife is presently in need of a Giant Print Bible because of her reading difficulties of small letters.
Please see what you could do to help us, as we are greatly committed in witnessing, teaching and proclaiming the Good News of our Lord God Almighty. We have many numbers of false religions here so we want to reach these people with the truth from God. Jesus return is near and thousands of people are searching for a new kind of life. Without materials we will not be able to evangelize effectively.
We appreciate whatever number of Bibles you could give to help us of the requested Bibles.
Thank you for your consideration!!
This same old story has been circulating over a decade with the same mailing address from the same ministry. The only difference is the name of the recipient.
Check out the links below for more information. Take note also the quote Jude 20:21 from the scam email links below but the quote of Jude 20:21 is missing from the above email received. However, the words of the verse is exactly the the same. Unfortunately, no such verse is found in the Bible.
This standard template email has been around for a long time. Notice the ages of husband and wife team 50 and 45 ten years ago? They are still the same age in 2016. This is just too funny for words. There are many scammers out there trying to take advantage of Christians. Here is another scam to milk unsuspecting Christians.
Christians should do their due diligence before helping such wicked people sucking away precious resources from you that could otherwise help those genuinely in need of help.
Beware of deceitful workers and be a good steward for the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:13: For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.