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After more than a decade of e-scams, most
of which originated in the United Kingdom
and in many of the larger cities in Africa,
scammers have now dragged the name of the
Roman Catholic Church in their quest to
fraudulently wrest money from unsuspecting
Since the mid-90s, people all over the world
have been deluged with e-mails, all aimed at
extracting one s hard earned money. The cre-
ativity of those cyber thugs has always been
amazing---that someone could sit down and
think up so many various ways of extortion,
because that is what it is pure and simple.
These tricks range from trying to transfer
very large sums of money left to heirs because
of threats from government officials; inherited
money but since illness has befallen the owner,
it has to be given to charity; to lottery winnings
from games in which you never participated.
Unflatteringly, the person requesting your
assistance in the disposal of these funds don t
know you, have never met you, have never spo-
ken to you. So the obvious question. Of all the
millions of people in the world why me?
So while the big money is the lure, what they
try to get from you is personal information and
some small change to facilitate transfer costs
among other things. Do the math. Multiply the
small change by thousands and it converts to
big, very big change, while the e-mail recipients
are left to cry at their losses.
Now a strategic change has evolved. The
church now seems to be a good rip-off medium.
I received an e-mail last week from an organ-
isation called The Catholic Charity Foundation
(CCF), which according to the piece of corre-
spondence is based at Catholic House, Oxley
Road, Off Leeds, Mill Lane, UB67HQ London,
United Kingdom. It was dated April 28 and
signed by a Rev Thomas De Maria. I believe
that both the address and the signatory do not
Opening paragraph states, "This is to notify
you that you have been chosen by the Board
of Trustees of the Catholic Charity Foundation,
United Kingdom, as one of the recipients for
2013 Cash Aid for your own personal educational
and business development."
The letter then gives a bit of history of the
organisation, which it claims was founded in
1936 with the aim of "human growth, poverty
eradication, education and community devel-
opment." It later stated that the United Nations
(UN) and the European Union (EU) was donating
500,000,000 British pounds towards the CCF s
77th anniversary as specific cash aid to more
than "250 international recipients worldwide
in different categories for business, educational
and personal development and moreso, at least
30 per cent to be used by each for the devel-
opment of his/her community."
But here is the clincher. "Based on the random
selection exercise, from the CCF product pur-
chase receipts and the Internet IP addresses,"
stated the letter, " you were selected
among the recipients to receive the sum
of 6,000,000 UK pounds as cash aid
from the donations of the UN and the
EU in accordance with the enabling Act
"The Catholic Charity Foundation,"
continued the missive, "is one of the
numerous bodies involved in the fight
against global economic crisis. In line
with this we resolved to empower only
recipients with laudable credentials,
skills and experience in leading/man-
agement so as to ensure adequate util-
isation of the cash aid and also to ensure
that the beneficiaries will invest in
organisations that will in turn provide
job opportunities for themselves and
their community at large.
Finally, the letter suggested that I con-
tact my Cash Aid documentation officer
(Catholic Aid Administrator United King-
dom) and it provided some mail and tele-
phone and fax details.
Just to let my readers know I have not
replied to the e-mail.
Do you think I lost 6,000,000 UK
pounds? I don t think so. Just another
cyber scam to extort money from people
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