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Church Scams from Nigeria / West Africa

Scammers in Nigeria and other West African countries specifically target Christians in North America for scams. These wolves in sheeps clothing often post in church-related guestbooks or harvest addresses from there to send spam. Some emails are classic Nigerian "419" scam formats, others are solicitations of donations (bibles, cash for missionary work, church building, etc).

If you're a Christian, don't be deceived by pious language: Evangelical churches are very common in Nigeria and many of the scammers go to church on Sunday. They'll say all the right things while doing wrong.

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Dear Faithful Servant of God,
Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. My name is Evangelist
Okugbe Edekie, the founder of Goodnews Ministry Inc located in Edo State, Nigeria far away
Africa. This Church was founded in the Year 2004 and I have passion for the lost souls because
the harvest is truly plenteous but the laborers are few. By the grace of God, I am married and
blessed with wonderful Children.
There is a great price to pay in the work of soul winning. It is very clear that our responsibility
is to evangelize to people for Christ. Lost sinners must be brought to the place of repentance
towards God and faith in Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20, mark 16:14-18) (Acts 2:37-38). To
achieve this goal for every convert, we must have the concern of a father (1 corith 4:15), the
travail of a mother (Gal 4:19), the sacrifice of a lover (2 corith 12:15), the gentleness of a nurse.
(1 thess 2:7-9), the endurance of a soldiers (2 Tim 2:3,4) and Jealousy of a friend (2 corith
Goodnews Ministry Inc has a target for converts (Matthew 28:19,20;Mk 16:16; Eph 4:11-16; Col 1:21-29)
When Jesus Christ sent forth His Apostle to evangelize the world, He did not commission them
merely to preach but really to find the lost (Lk 15:4-7), bear much fruit (Jn 15:8,16) and fill the
gospel net with fish (Lk 5:4,6,10). We cannot fulfill our task if we do not keep this target or goal
before us. The Lord Jesus Christ is our supreme Example in the work of soul winning (Lk 19:10;
1Tim 1; 15). The motive behind everything He did (healing the sick, feeding the crowds,
preaching the gospel e.t.c) was to prepare the heart for the experience of salvation, to bring men
into the right relationship to God. In an atmosphere of hatred, antagonism and hostility, He won
multitude to God (Matt 12:10-21).
We have great need for Bibles for our Precious Converts who are not able to buy a copy of
Large Print Bibles due to their sight and they are in the Prison and rural communities. Kindly
send us 27 large Print Bibles of KJV Version for the Converts and what a blessing to have these
materials shipped directly from your ministry.
I would love to work with you in Spreading God's message here in my country because our
mission and vision is to see that lost souls are converted and thereby depopulating the kingdom
of Satan. And there are seven Children who are in our Orphanage Home and Please be
praying for them that God Almighty will use them as well in reaching out to their
fellow mates in the Community where we live.
Thanks and may the grace of God be with you all. I look forward to hearing from you on how you
can help us with these materials to expand God's work. My regards to your family and the
wonderful Congregation the Lord Has given to you. We would be very much glad to welcome to
my Country this year 2007, if the Lord directs you to come and join my ministry in Soul Wining.
Yours in the missionary field,
Evangelist Okugbe Edekie.
Founder, Goodnews Ministry Inc
P.O Box 6204
Air Port Road
Benin City
Edo State

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Scam email history for IP address:
2007-01-07 12:21:01
2007-01-08 09:13:59
2007-01-08 19:18:15
2007-01-08 19:18:22
2007-01-09 16:43:10
2007-01-10 04:39:30
2007-01-10 21:18:00
2007-01-11 07:24:33
2007-01-11 08:48:27
2007-01-11 08:48:33
2007-01-11 08:48:40
2007-01-12 01:30:59
2007-01-12 08:23:54
2007-01-12 08:23:58
2007-01-12 09:11:37
2007-01-12 21:43:18
2007-01-13 10:03:27
2007-01-17 20:25:30
2007-01-18 20:14:50
2007-01-19 03:37:23
2007-01-19 19:01:52
2007-01-20 09:44:27
2007-01-20 16:30:51

Evang. Dr. L Abiodun (

Dear Beloved in Christ,
I pray this letter finds you in the power and anointing of the almighty father Jesus Christ and the God of all nations, grace, peace who inspects all blessing and favor, who called you to his own external life in glory of our lord Jesus Christ.
My beloved, it takes us years to come together as a Christian in the community of Ugbor, we manage to have a fellowship center in the community, some years back, my members and I went to near by village for evangelism, {which is Oben village} As we got there, they drove us away at first but we do not relent to preach to them and some of them were ready to listen, those who listen repented and become a Christian, meanwhile the community is a Muslim community, by the time the head of the Muslim realized that there were no much people in his mosque again, them he sent some of his member to our community to destroy our church building, steal the church instrument and two of our members were killed, may their soul rest in perfect peace and I believe that they are resting with our lord Jesus Christ, after they have come to destroy, the young convert ran out of the community to our community because the Muslim promise to killed them but I believe that the almighty Jesus Christ is in control of their lives and the Muslim cannot come closer to them, please my beloved, help us to pray for them.
Beloved in Christ, I beg you in the name of our beloved father in heaven Jesus Christ for you to render support to the church in need of study materials, such as study bibles, cd"s, tapes and others available study books in your ministry, please beloved these materials are for the new Muslim converts so they can grow stronger in faith, please beloved, if there is any other way you can still be of help and also, God is going to protect us from those so call Muslim, I believe that by the power of the almighty God, all members of the Muslim is going to repent and become a Christian. Please beloved; the church will be very happy for your support in any way you wish to render help to us. Please do not forget to pray for those Muslim for repentance and we are also praying for them too.
Thanks and God bless you, may you continue to rest faithfully in lord, darkness is falling, and let us works together while we may press on with Jesus Christ. We hope to hear from you in Jesus name! Amen.
Yours Beloved in Christ,
12 Osamuyi Street, Off Ugbor Road, Benin City,
Edo State, Nigeria .

M. Sreenivasa Rao from Dindi (

This Indian missionary spam uses the same message, word for word, as a guestbook posting from 2003, except for different names and addresses.

From: "gospel_dindi2007 dindi2007" <>
To: <emailaddress>
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2007 15:32
Subject: Waiting for your favorable reply

Dear Beloved in Christ,
My heartfelt and loving greetings to you in the most highly exalted name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I am M. Sreenivasa Rao from Dindi which is on the costal belt of Andhra Pradesh State in India. I got one ministry. It is a registered organization with our Government from our Ministry. I am doing outreach gospel running one orphanage with 19 orphan Children's maintaining one library and conducting some relief programs towards destitute people. Basically I laid my stress on the outreach gospel along with my co-gospel workers. There are some
for corners at our area where the voice of God is not known to such residents. They are all dwelling with Hindu religion. For such people we are endearing our gospel and we distribute some books on scripture. Really the areas are all too back ward. For some times there are no proper transport facilities at least
generally we used to go by walk to such places. We had 7 Co-pastors to absolute on outreach gospel. If we got provided even by bicycles we shall speed up our outreach task in an effective manner. Actually each bicycle takes cost of $50, and we are suffering lack of such sufficient budget in purchasing them you.Kindly pray to God about our outreach gospel task and try to
support us on purchasing of bicycles which shall be quite useful
for our daily need. our orphanage is running with 19 orphan children. Where we are facing number of problems in maintaining it. Frequently we are
facing very miserable troubles in meeting of its basic needs. Because of this condition our orphan children are sustaining with bitter and panic conditions. You kindly look into the basic needs of our orphans and try to assist us accordingly initially we need bibles, reading books, tracts and pen and pencils towards our orphan children. We are now praying to God in arranging of such
goods are feeling that our meet as the right motivation of God. We are hopefully awaiting at your kind response on our present day needs. You kindly pray to God about our orphan children and try to support them as I caderised above. They shall be every grateful to you on your gracious support. Our library named "Faith Library" full filling the day wise needs of our readers. Particularly number of Hindu people is making use of its services regularly. But we are lacking
sufficient furniture and more volumes, which are quite needed for it for this praying to God to arrange such help from any heavenly presence like you. You kindly pray to God about our library task in India. Finally I am operating one relief scheme for the upliftment of destitute people like aged persons and widows that is "Food For Destitute ". On every Sunday I used to implement this scheme. On that day I arrange food and some pocket money towards these
helpless destitute people due to lack of sufficient budget. I am implementing this only on Sundays. If I got provided with full pledged support them I shall make it implement for all days in a weeks. Basically these are our present day tasks from our ministry. Our outreach gospel is yielding very good harvest on
Hindu people. Our orphan children's is growing on Godly lines but they are suffering lack of basic needs. Our library task is on satisfactory way. Where we are in need of some more books and furniture. Our relief program on destitute people is going to be implemented on Sundays only. In catering of your gracious support.
You kindly suggest me on our ministry activities. I need your leadership. I hope in receiving your early response on my present day tasks. Who He is kind to the poor lends to the Lord (Proverbs 19:17). He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their maker (proverbs 17:5). My cordial wishes to you and to your people. Our church people, co-pastors are greeting you in heartfelt way.
Orphan children are sending their love and kisses to you. I await at your prayerful and favorable reply on our need as I narrated to you.

Thanking you in Jesus,

Your brother in Christ,
Pastor M. Sreenivasa Rao

My Postal Address:
Pastor Morla Sreenivasa Rao
Dindi (Kasanavaripalem)
Adavaladeevi (Post)
Nizampatnam (Mandal)
Guntur - (D.t),
A.P., South India

Pastor Alex Omoregie (

Scammers who pose as churches and request gifts of bibles (which can be resold for cash in Nigeria) are quite common. The following email uses the typical combination of two different email addresses, one for sending the spam, the other for scam targets to reply to.

The sample below may be the same scam as "" as it's also from a Gmail account and also mentions "Ugbor Road" in Benin City in its address.

Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 08:18:27 -0800
From: "Pastor Alex Omoregie" <>
Subject: Cry for salvation( bibles)

Dear My Beloved
May the Peace of the Lord be with you all. It is great and wonderful to give the good report of our Lord miraculous power to you and every members of your Ministry. At the beginning of this year our Lord Jesus Christ began to appear to me in the air with the glory of God, going in all directions. I stepped into footprints and started walking, walking in His spirit, walking and seeing, through the Holy Spirit, the Towns and Villages, the people that must be won for Him. Now those steps led my Team and I to Ovia south east local government Community here in Edo state. Here we hold crusade and feed more than twenty thousand people. This Village community crusade was such an important mission that the Lord prepared me and my team for them in a special way, visiting us with His presence. In His visitation the wind of the Holy Spirit blew over the land, blowing the way the wind of the spirit must have blown on the day of Pentecost. I had never witnessed it blowing like it was in my vision. Surely throughout the world the winds of Pentecost will blow like that in this final hour. Beloved when my team and I landed in these Village communities my heart was thrilled as I stepped down from the bicycle into the strong blowing wind. I thought, "It's like the winds of Pentecost were blowing in my vision". The Lord had indeed prepared us to take His message and His truth to a people desperate in their need for the reality of His Love. All that God had shown me in the vision and more took place in these communities that has become such a stronghold of Muslim town (Islamic), Idol worshiping and false doctrine. As my team and I move around the communities immediately we arrive, I knew that we were sent of God and nothing could defeat us or the crusade. We were invading the stronghold of the devil, invading the community where the devil has more control, than any other community in our Nation. We were told that ninety percent of the people dwelling in this community involved with Islamic worshiping (Muslims) and Idol worshiping. The Islamic and Idol worshipers in this community has become so entwined with Christianity that most of the people cannot separate God from the devil. We were told that the two different rulers of these communities have given these communities to the devil with blood sacrifices, possibly human blood. These are Village communities chained in darkness for hundreds of years, communities whose history is one of continuous rebellion and atrocities in our Nation. We were also told about a certain market where one could buy human flesh. Think of it human flesh available to the buyer. How do they get it? Murder, death by malnutrition and related disease. Beloved we cried out in desperation. Yes, we fed more than twenty thousand people but the only one who can really help them out of their bondages is JESUS. Revelation 21:8, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable and murderers and whoremongers and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." On the first night God touched upon this verse in a great way and on the last night it came forth with overwhelming force and power because God is tired of people's sins. Truly we had a taste of the sword, God's word divided right from wrong as God poured His convicting power down on the crowed, with the winds of Pentecost and His greatness. Beloved in a minute thousand came to Christ looking to Him, Crying out for Him. It was a wonderful sight to behold indeed. Through the spirit of God the murderers began to be called out. The Lord told me about a woman in the crowd, who murdered her twins babies and also a man who murdered his neighbor, poisoned him and covered it up, putting the blame on someone else. Another person has had to suffer for his crime. Beloved I have never seen God moved the way He moved that night, uncovering sins one after another, hideous crimes. Beloved we thank God for the wonderful work you are doing to support ministries like ours. We pray, may our Lord Jesus Christ continue to keep your work for His grace. Beloved as you can see we are urgently in need of 14 Study Bibles and 10 Large Print Bibles and some other study materials. We wish to request 34 bibles for 34 HIV/AIDS victims in this community who accepted Christ. This people do not have money to purchase Bible for themselves. They are highly in need. Please help us to help these souls. Thanks and God bless you. We hope to hear from you very soon.

Yours in Christ Service,
Pastor Alex Omoregie
Salvation Gospel Ministry.
1A osagie street off saple rd,
country home rd,ugbor road,Benin city,
Edo State,Nigeria.
Email us :

chm narasaiah (

This scam email from India was sent to an email address which had only ever been used to bait 419 scammers. It was probably sent by a Nigerian "guyman" in India.

Dear brother in Christ,
Greetings in Jesus highly exalted name. It is my great pleasure to meet you through this e-mail. Here I would like to introduce myself as
Pastor CH.Narasaiah, from Guntur District, Andhra Parades. I was born and brought up in a Hindu family. My father name is krishnamurthy who is God trinity in the Hinduism and my mother name is Rosamma also a Hindu name. I am only the one son to my parents so they loved me very much from my childhood. As a Hindu boy I used to read our Holy book Bhagavat Geeta. After I grew up 18 years old I started to think who is real God because Hindu religion not gives me any satisfaction and makes me confusion reason of many Gods over one thousand. Since 19 years I started to read other Holy books like Qumran, Bible Buddhism and some other world's faiths. I found truth in the Bible only. Mostly these scriptures inspired me.
God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, which whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life john. 3:16. God demonstrates His own live towards us, in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. Rom. 5: 8.For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of god Rom. 3:23.For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus is our Lord. Rom. 6:23.But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God, to those who believe in His name. John. 1:12. The Word of God inspires me. The birth of Jesus Christ, His miracles, signs, no one speaks that he is God or Son of God except Jesus Christ. Jesus said I am the way truth and the life. He said that he has authority to forgive sins. After reading Bible I came to know Jesus Christ is the Son of God and through His blood we have eternal life. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior on 1st July 65 and I took baptism 11th January 1966 by pastor p.chinnayasuri. For 3 years I worked as a government employ and I gave resign to that job when God called me to do His work among unreached villages in the year of 1970.
I could establish three churches in deferent places of our surroundings with my own money every year we will conduct Gospel Open Air meetings at our Churches. So, we request you to come and bless us with the Living word of God. So that my country India would be filled with God's love and mercy. Presently we are running one orphanage home with 13 children we are strongly praying for their basic and daily needs. Because they are struggling for the food and clothes. Please I kindly inform you take little bit of your valuable time and pray and do some gracious help for them. If you give your postal address we will send our ministry we all are praying for you and for your family.
I hope this is not accidental but by God's grace only we able to contact you. If you want to know more about us, please write us we will send more information to you in our next mail. Therefore I request you all to up hold us in your valuable prayers. And please share with your friends, relatives and church members. All our church members and orphan children are sending their hearty wishes and sweet hugs to you. Closing here with lots of love and prayers. Eagerly waiting for your gracious reply.
Thanking you
Your Brother In His Service

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