I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Dear Fund Beneficiary...

by Patricia Bradley (also posting this at www.patriciabradleyauthor.com/blog)

Friday afternoon

beachJust wanted to let everyone know when you read this I'll be somewhere in the South Pacific next week. That's in case I don't answer the comments right away 'cause I'm too busy diving, or just sunning on the beach, or relaxing in the hammock.

See the letter I received Friday for the reason why.

Dear Fund Beneficiary
We have concluded to effect your payment of $2.5Million USD, through western union, but the maximum amount you will be receiving each day starting from today is $5,000 twice daily until the funds is completely transferred to you.
Kindly Contact Western union Agent:
MR:  Eric Peters
TEL: +229 99-96-25-78
Also reconfirm your information to them below
YOUR NAME----------------------
YOUR ADDRESS-----------
YOUR PHONE-------------
I have sent $5,000 twice in your name today, but Mr Eric Peters said that you should contact first with your information. So contact Mr Eric Peters or you call him as soon as you receive this email and tell him to give you the Mtcn, sender name and question/answer to pick the $5,000.This is from government office payment.
Pls do let me know as soon as you received all your funds $2.5Million,
Thank you.
Mrs. Christiana Michael.

Whoo-Whoo!! Life of leisure, here I come.


I can't believe it!

Just this Labor Day morning, I received another email, this one giving me another $2,000,000! Read it and weep...

Attention: Dear Beneficiary,

Your Name/E-Mail is selected as one of the scam victims to receive compensation sum of US$2,000,000.00 (Two Million United State Dollars) which was allocated to you from office of International Monetary Fund (IMF) I was directed to inform you that the total sum of US$2,000,000.00 (Two Million United State Dollars) has been credited through  ATM CARD in your name as one of the scam victims/poverty alleviation beneficiaries, we are however sorry for the delay in contacting you, the reason is that we are following it according to the sequential order given by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Your fund/ATM CARD is now in the United States of America.  You are required to contact...

This is the part I like best:

We sincerely apologize for all what you have gone through in the hands of those  unscrupulous elements and wish to advise you to please avoid further communication any one from any part of African Countries as it may turn to be another SCAM. Important notice, send your information through this email:(g_kbenson@yahoo.com) for immediately release of your ATM Card. Waiting for your delivery details. Yours Sincerely Mrs Kimberly Benson Head Operational Manager ATM Card Department

So glad I didn't take off for the Hawaii just yet!

Tuesday morning

I guess you can see I'm not on a beach in the South Pacific. And I'm sure you knew when you read the first part of the post that I wouldn't be. But when the above letter came into my inbox, I couldn't resist having a little fun with it. But it did make me stop and think.

Not what idiot thought I'd fall for such a silly email, but if somehow I did fall into $2.5 million dollars, would I then do nothing the rest of my life? Would I just retire from life and go live on a beach somewhere in the South Pacific?

I'm going to reserve my answer to that question for the comments. You see, I want you to answer the question of what  you would do with the balance of $2.5 million dollars after paying all your bills and setting up trusts for your kids, etc? 


  1. All those amazing messages aren't true, seriously? You've burst my bubble and broken my heart. My suitcase was open and . . . No, I laugh at the wording and almost always misspelled words, but I know at least one good-hearted pastor who fell for it to the tune of (I think) $200. So sad. I would buy a modest but nice house in a warm place. Maybe a few more homes, or time shares in ideal places. I'd travel even more, buy a new car, support more deserving kids in third-world countries and brag endlessly about their genuine accomplishments. But come to think of it I've been enjoying a number of these things already so I guess I conclude I'm already blessed and rich. Thanks, Pat, this was fun.

  2. Glad you liked it, Dee! When those two letters came into my inbox, I knew I had to do something with them.

  3. Oh my. We get phone calls or e-mails like that all the time. "You've won a Carribean Cruise!" "Or one like you mentioned. But to tell the truth, I'm content with what the Lord has given me, and there's no place I really want to go...except maybe on a walk with my friend (which we do several times a week) or a few miles away to visit my daughter and son-in-law. It's great to be content.

  4. You have learned the value of Paul's words in Ephesians 4:12
    --that of being content in any situation, Teri. Thanks for stopping in!