Monday, 21 July 2008

Fraud in the Name of God

First it was the internet lottery scam that caused many people to get cheated. Since most people have become aware of such scams, these crooks are resorting to using God's name in vain to continue their crooked ways.

I received this email a couple of weeks ago from a Mrs Rebecca Williams from Kuwait. Her late husband Benson Williams died in 2004 after a brief illness. When he was alive he deposited 2.5 million US Dollars in a bank in Abidjan in a suspense account.

Now that Mrs Rebecca Williams has contracted cancer and stroke and since she doesn't have any children to pass the money to, she wants to donate the money to any church based charitable organisation or individual so that the money can be put to good use.

And of course Mrs Rebecca Williams asks the recipient of the email to contact her via email to discuss further how the money can be transfered, etc.

Now whenever I receive these kind of emails I will delete it immediatly without even opening it. But this time I kept on reading to see what new tactic and angle these crooks are using.

What pisses me off is this para:

"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."

Mrs Rebecca Williams has not only used the name of God to cheat people but she has also defiled the name of God by speaking untruths about God and being a lousy witness, if you even consider Mrs Rebecca Williams a witness of God, so to speak.

First of all, she doesn't want the money to be used by unbelievers. Since when did Jesus say that Christians must help only Christians? Jesus said, "Love one another as I have loved you." - John 13: 34. Jesus didn't say that we must only love Christians; he said love one another.

Secondly Mrs Rebecca Williams used the word 'ungodly'. How can anything be 'ungodly' when the spirit of God exists in everything? That's Theology 101 for you.

As it is, so many people have been cheated by the lottery scam. What more when people receive an email like this wanting to give the money to charity. The crooks behind this scam knows that people are usually more responsive towards God and charity. After all, if someone wants to give the money to charity and quotes the Bible couldn't be a lie, right? Wrong!

Using God's name to cheat people and at the same time spreading untruths about Him is too much. It is one of the things in life that I have no patience for; it makes my blood boil. These scums of the earth are so low that they have resort to the lowest of ways to cheat people.


Angie Tan said...

Hey, cool down.. if we trust in Him, He'll come and judge us all when the time come.. those that use His name for their own interest will be sorry for what they've done.. so dun worry and we shall continue with what's taught biblically, even if the person sins against you we shall pray for them..
felt really sad that so many people claims but do the different..

kristine nebres said...

I too, received such e-mail from Rebecca Williams but with a different email address. It was actually my first time to receive such message from a unknown someone. And I browse the internet and gotcha! I saw your blog, thanks! I was saved. :)

Julie Lim said...

Hi Kristine,

I'm glad my blog has helped you. These good for nothing liars will never stop cheating people. We must be vigilant.

Anonymous said...

It is very sad that some people will do anything for money... Why can't they just find a decent job and earn moeney in a proper way?

Julie Lim said...

Hi Anonymous,

Yes it is sad indeed to see one human being cheating another.

I guess like all other crooks, these cheats want fast money without having to work for it. Most important is that we don't fall for their tricks. And when there are less guilable people out there, these cheats will be forced to retire early.

Anonymous said...

it is nice f u 2 write this
nwadays v even get notices with newspaper 2 print 5000 copies of that :)
people need 2 b aware of these frauds

Julie Lim said...

Hi Anonymous,

Yeah, I've come across those notices in churches to print copies of prayers for distribution so that prayers will be answered. Not too sure though whether people really do it or not.

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