Email Fraud in the name of Jesus

Today, I received an email from a "Melissa Pointer" that reads as follows:


Dear Beloved in Christ,

It is by the grace of God that I received Christ,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 God & acute’s mercy and glory upon my life.

I am Mrs Melissa Pointer the wife of Mr Harry Pointer, my husband worked with the Chevron/Texaco in Kenya for twenty years before he died in the year 2001.We were married for twenty-seven years without a child. My Husband 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 isagainst. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US $3.5M. (Three MillionFive Hundred Thousand U.S. Dollars) with a Bank in Europe.Presently, this money is still with the Bank and the management just wrote me as the beneficiary to come forward to sign for the release of this money or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I can not come over.

Presently, I’m in a hospital in Kenya where I have been undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few weeks to live. It is my last wish to see this money distributed to charity organizations any where in the World.

Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my illness, I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them. Please, I beg you in the name of God to help me Stand andcollect the Funds from the Bank.I want a person that is God fearing that will use this money to fund churches, orphanages and widowspropagating 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 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 soundless voice and presence of my husband’s relatives aroundme 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 Attorney who is in Europe as he will be the one to assist you in laying claims for this funds. For security reason reply to this mail:

Yours in Christ
Mrs. Melissa Pointer

I’m not sure how she got my email address, because this was sent to my junk mail "catch-all" email address.  However, I found it not only sad that someone was attemping a 4-1-9 hoax on me, but that they were doing so in Christ’s name.  Despite all the reassurances that this person was a born-again Christian, I have seen enough hoax emails to be able to recognize this as just another scam.  (One of the most obvious "giveaways" that this was not a true Christian is the line, "Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against."  The Bible and the Church are not against re-marrying upon death of the spouse, nor are they against adoption.)
I wrote back to her the following email, in an attempt to gently rebuke her, in order "to save my sister":
Re: Dearly Beloved In christ!!!
Dear Melissa,

I am deeply sorry, not just for the loss of your
husband, but for the grief of your soul, that you need
to reach out to strangers, in the name of Christ.

When calling upon Christians to help in your time of
need, I always find it helpful to remember Matthew
18:6, Mark 9:42, and Luke 17:2. 

It is also helpful to remember Acts 19:13-16, where
the demons destroyed those that falsely claimed the
name of Christ.

Beware, for you attempt to deceive in Jesus’ name –
this blasphemy will not go unpunished, unless you
repent now and make restitution for all you have done.

Jamie Beu ( – Orlando, FL
   "To have a right to do a thing is not at all
       the same as to be right in doing it."
G. K. Chesterton  – A Short History of England

Please pray for "Melissa" and all those that feel the need to attempt to scam and defraud others, especially when their attempts defame the name of true Christians everywhere.  Please also pray for those that might be so gullible or "charitable" as to fall for a scam like this.
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3 Responses to Email Fraud in the name of Jesus

  1. Brenda says:

    Great response, Jamie!  Sadly, but I was unaware of Mr. Harry Pointer\’s death until I read this. :\'(

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