Recently, I received an e-mail from an organization that I had freely chosen in the past to give my e-mail address to that stated that it has reasons to believe that my e-mail address, along with other members on their e-mail list, had been hijacked. Lately, I have been receiving e-mails that appear from the subject line (they automatically go to spam and I do not access them) to be what has come to be known as “Nigerian 419 Scams.” The purpose of this presentation is to briefly make you aware of this exploitative scam.
Also, I performed a Google search which revealed that there is a “Kenya Orphan Scam” circulating through which people are being duped into sending money to Kenya based on the belief that they are helping poor orphans, when in actuality, they are being exploited by individual thieves or a criminal group of thieves.
Nigerian 419 Scams
“Nigerian scams (also called Nigerian 419 scams), are a type of advance fee fraud and one of the most common types of confidence frauds in which the victim is defrauded for monetary gain.”
“There are many variations on this type of scam, including advance fee fraud, Nigerian Letter, Fifo’s Fraud, Spanish Prisoner Scam, black money scam. The number “419” refers to the article of the Nigerian Criminal Code dealing with fraud. The scam has been used with fax and traditional mail, and is now used with the internet.”
“While the scam is not limited to Nigeria, the nation has become associated with this fraud and it has earned an unenviable reputation for being a center of email scam crimes. The top three nations of origin of these scams are the United States, the United Kingdom, and Nigeria (in that order). Other nations known to have a high incidence of advance fee fraud include Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, South Africa, the Netherlands, and Spain.”
“The spam emails perpetrating these scams are often sent from Internet cafés equipped with satellite Internet. Recipient addresses and email content are copied and pasted into a webmail interface using a standalone storage medium, such as a memory card. Many areas of Lagos, such as Festac, contain many cyber cafés that serve scammers; many cyber cafés seal their doors during afterhours, such as from 10:30 PM to 7:00 AM, so that scammers inside may work without fear of discovery.”
Money Wire Transfers For Donations
“The essential fact in all advance-fee fraud operations is that the promised money transfer never happens—because the money does not exist. The perpetrators rely on the fact that, by the time the victim realizes this (often only after being confronted by a third party who has noticed the transactions or conversation and recognized the scam), the victim may have sent thousands of dollars of their own money, and sometimes thousands or millions more that has been borrowed or stolen, to the scammer via an untraceable and/or irreversible means such as wire transfer.”
“During the course of many schemes, scammers ask victims to supply bank account information. Usually this is a “test” devised by the scammer to gauge the victim’s gullibility. Scammers often request that payments be made using a wire transfer service like Western Union and MoneyGram. The reason given by the scammer usually relates to the speed at which the payment can be received and processed, allowing quick release of the supposed payoff. The real reason is that wire transfers and similar methods of payment are irreversible, untraceable and, because identification beyond knowledge of the details of the transaction is often not required, completely anonymous.”
“A central element of advance-fee fraud is that the transaction from the victim to the scammer must be untraceable and irreversible. Otherwise, the victim, once they become aware of the scam, can successfully retrieve their money and/or alert officials who can track the accounts used by the scammer.”
“Wire transfers via Western Union and MoneyGram are ideal for this purpose. International wire transfers cannot be cancelled or reversed, and the person receiving the money cannot be tracked. Other similar non-cancellable forms of payment include postal money orders and cashier’s checks, but as wire transfer via Western Union or MoneyGram is the fastest method, it is the most common.”
Mr. Mboti Invited Me To Visit Kenya
“Sometimes, victims are invited to a country to meet government officials, an associate of the scammer, or the scammer themselves. Some victims who do travel are instead held for ransom. Scammers may tell a victim that he or she does not need to get a visa or that the scammers will provide the visa. If the victim does this, the scammers have the power to extort money from the victim. Sometimes victims are ransomed or, as in the case of the 29 year old Greek George Makronalli who was lured to South Africa, killed.”
I want the people of Yahuwah to be aware that a man named Mr. Pius Mboti invited me to Kenya to teach his congregation and that his messages to me located in the “reply” section appear to fall in the category of the 419 scams. My response to Mr. Mboti’s invitation to Kenya was:
“Thank you for your invitation, but I limit myself to sharing the word of Yahuwah through online presentations.”
Financial Loss And Consequences
“Estimates of the total losses due to the scam vary widely since many people may be too embarrassed to admit that they were gullible enough to be scammed to report the crime. A United States government report in 2006 indicated that Americans lost $198.4 million to Internet fraud in 2006, averaging a loss of $5,100 per incident. That same year, a report in the United Kingdom claimed that these scams cost the United Kingdom economy £150 million per year, with the average victim losing £31,000. In addition to the financial cost, many victims also suffer a severe emotional and psychological cost, such as losing their ability to trust people. One man from Cambridgeshire, UK, committed suicide by lighting himself on fire with petrol after realizing that the $1.2 million “internet lottery” that he won was actually a scam. In 2007, a Chinese student at the University of Nottingham killed herself after she discovered that she had fallen for a similar lottery scam.”
“Other victims lose wealth and friends, become estranged from family members, deceive partners, get divorced, or commit other criminal offenses in the process of either fulfilling their “obligations” to the scammers or obtaining more money. In 2008, an Oregon woman, Janella Spears, lost $400,000 to a Nigerian advance-fee fraud scam, after an email told her she had inherited money from her long-lost grandfather. Her curiosity was piqued because she actually had a grandfather whom her family had lost touch with, and whose initials matched those given in the email. Spears sent hundreds of thousands of dollars over a period of more than two years, despite her family, bank staff and law enforcement officials all urging her to stop. The elderly are also particularly susceptible to online scams such as this, as they typically come from a generation that was more trusting, and are often too proud to report the fraud. They also may be concerned that relatives might see it as a sign of declining mental capacity, and they are afraid to lose their independence.”
“Even though the United States Federal Trade Commission and other government agencies are well aware of the Nigerian and advanced fee fraud, victims can still be tried and convicted of crimes themselves.”
Whereas the Nigerian 419 scam plays mainly on the greed of the victims (the victims are duped into believing they will get a huge return for performing some act), the Kenyan Orphan scam plays on the sentiment, sympathy, empathy, and emotions of the victims. The orphan scammers rely on relating fictitious “tear-jearking” stories that are designed to play on the hearts and emotions of the victims.
I have already warned the people of Yahuwah that the best approach to giving and donations is to do it locally and on a close up and personal basis so that the people of Yahuwah can take personal responsibility for where their donations are truly going and what they are being used for.
I have received the following letters from Mr. Pius Mboti in reply to presentations on my web blog:
Letter From Pastor Pius Mboti: January 20, 2013
Greetings in Yeshua name.I am interested with your teachings.I welcome you to Kenya and teach my congregation.i hope you will consider my prayer request and affiliate with us.Thanks and may Yahveh bless you Greatly.
Yours in Yeshua name,
Letter from Pastor Mboti Jan 29, 3:10 pm
“Greetings again through the exalted name of our savior Yeshua. It was great to hear from your prayers and acceptance to use the resources of your website. I appreciate this though we have some limitations as we don’t have a personal computer to have teachings each and every time but we pray that God will do his will to get one. Indeed bibles are a big challenge as we don’t have them especially those in our local language. (Ekegusii) About my call to the mission to serve is that I was born as child in a poor the poorest families in but through the grace of the Lord I grew up as Christian but later didn’t continue It came to pass after several yrs my mother passed away and left my father and us in desperate situation .This inspired me again to keep my faith to the lord. In short while I got married and we as a young family were inspired to have a family fellowship. We have had it for about three year now we are 27 adults 15 and 15 children. Among this we have ten needy orphans. Staying in my family. It `has been a long story of struggle, suffering but by faith we have come along. Presently, we have had faithful member in fellowship that has been together with me and my wife. We are currently blessed with two sons who also are good in the service leading as an example to the others as Christians. But now, we have pressing needs especially those of these needy orphan children who have nothing but sometimes with our assistance share the little that we have for food and clothing. There I kindly seek your prayer and support so that these needy children can get even one meal a day. Food is the most pressing needy right now as most of the days they sleep and wake up without. Please keep them in your prayer that they can be clothed also We are worshiping on the shade which troubles when it rains and through strong sunshine also kindly request for a tent or some iron sheets to have even temporally shade. Among this are the needs of dormitories, beddings, school fees and medication for the children. We will appreciate your prayer and support especially to these needy orphan children. Pass our love and regard to all as I will be glad to hear from you againWe hope that you will hear our macedonian call and help us.Your teachings are touching please send us printouts.Yours in Yeshua name,Pastor:Pius Mboti Oendo.P.o Box 339 OGEMBO-KISII-KENYA.E.AFRICA. “
Letter from Pastor Mboti Jan 31, 8:37 am
“Dear Brothrens in Yahveh. Greetings in the name of Yeshua.Wonderful teachings we have got from you,my committee and the whole church invites you to kenya to teach us and give us the wonderfull teachings face to face.we have orphans as I told you we are caring please put us in prayer to get help of food as we sleep by only drinking water.the dragon took their parents and now they are suffering help them to make their fure life.thanks.we hope you will send us your printed teachings to us. Yours in Yeshua name, Pastor:Pius Mboti Oendo. P.o Box 339 OGEMBO-KISII-KENYA. E.AFRICA”
Letter from Pastor Mboti Feb 8, 8:31 am
Deatr Brethrens, Wonderful for the teachings to us.We are reading and teaching our church here.please may you consider our hungry orphans who are at our hands.We have agreed with your teachings and we are using them in teaching our members but our childrens are really hungry,the only drink water and sleep.Please consider us and save this lifes.We also welcome you to Kenya to teach us face to face,develope your ministry here fully with us,open more churches and restore our communities back to Yahveh’s plan.Thanks and may Yahveh bless you Brethrens. Yours in Yeshua name. Pastor:Pius Mboti Oendo.
Prayer For The Poor And “Support”
Let it be known, that the author of this presentation has a perpetual and standing prayer that the poor everywhere on the earth of Creator Yahuwah are provided with their necessary sustenance and that no one goes hungry and than no one is subject to the plague of starvation, however, because of the many scams circulating concerning “orphan scams”, I have to approach any request from those who claim they represent orphans with the utmost caution. Although, Mr. Pius Mboti Oendo has not specifically used the word “money” or “financial” support, but uses the words “support” and “help”, I feel compelled to caution those who come to my presentations who might see his message to me concerning the situation of the poor orphans he claims are currently in his care. Also, I want it known that this web blog is not associated and affiliated with Mr. Pius Mboti Oendo in any way other than the fact that he has left his requests for prayer and “support” on this web blog. I caution all to do a Google search on 419 scams and Kenya Orphan scams. In general, the people of Yahuwah should always pray for the poor everywhere in the world.
Further Google research exposed what is called “Bible Scams” in which there are those who request money for bibles, but they do not use the money for bibles or if actual bibles are sent to the requester, they resale the bibles for financial gain. The fact that Mr. Mboti Oendo uses the phrase “Indeed bibles are a big challenge as we don’t have them especially those in our local language. (Ekegusii)”, which hints that he has a need for bibles, compels me to be alert and cautious, considering there is a scam based on requests for money for the purchase of bibles out there.
Freely Received Freely Given
Matatyahuw (Matthew) 10:5-8
5 These twelve Yahuwshuwah sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Yahsharahal. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”
2 Peter 2:3 “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”
The gifts of Yahuwah are not for sale. The word of Yahuwah and understanding and interpretation of the word of Yahuwah are not for sale.
The purpose of this web blog is to proclaim the true names of Yahuwah and Yahuwshuwah Amanuwal Mashyach and to freely share revelation of the word of truth. The author of this web blog does not solicit “support” in money from the viewers for any reason. The author of this web blog is not associated with or affiliated with Mr. Pius Mboti Oendo, and I advise all visitors to my web blog who should see his pleas for “support” to do not send any money to Mr. Pius Mboti Oendo or to anyone else who should leave a similar message for financial “support” or “items for sale” on this web blog.
THE SCAMS ARE USUALLY MARKED BY FLATTERY (FOR INSTANCE, MR. PIUS MBOTI OENDO COMPLIMENTS THE SUBSTANCE OF MY PRESENTATIONS VALUE TO HIS CONGREGATION) AND REPETITIOUS E-MAILING OF THE SAME REQUEST FOR SUPPORT.
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