This scam preys on emotions of Muslims, asking them to donate to a foundation headed by Sultan Hassan Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei.
Of course, a foundation by the name "Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Foundation" does exist. However, it would not need to ask for money (Brunei and the Sultan are oil rich), nor will it do so via an obscure email.
Here is the text of the mail:
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 05:58:13 +0800 (BNT)
Subject: Stand up for Islam
From: "Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Greetings in the name of Allah, the most beneficent,the most merciful.
Dear friend in Islam,
In todays world where Islam is being linked to terrorism we muslims have a duty to defend our good religion thereby exonerating ourselves from the negative image being created by western media against our faith. No one else but we muslims can do this for ourselves. Age or gender is not a barrier you can always make an impact no matter who you are.
The sultan of Brunei is currently funding muslims willing to take up a role for the propagation of the good message of Islam. This is the work of ALLAH which we Muslims are called as revealed to his holliness prophet Muhammad(peace be unto his name). We must not continue allowing the western media determine the image of Islam to the whole world.
If you are willing to stand up for our faith please indicate your interest and also a pledge to use any money received judiciously. Then will my international fund managers contact you to raise you a bank draft/cheque. Since this is also a way of paying my zakat(Qur'an 9:60) I am still deciding on the amount you will receive but be informed when you receive the money you use it for the propagation of the good message of Islam for example in radio talk shows , TV , print , internet or any medium prefarable to you like charity works.If you are not in position to undertake this responsibility you may simply pass on any money received to any good muslim within your community who you feel can undertake this project, all I want is good results no matter how money spent.
Your response and any gratitude should be sent to the Sultan Haji Foundation at email: email@example.com to the attention of my secretary Mr.Yang Mulia Awang Haji or to Mr.J. H.Bin Lunchai. Note that message sent otherwise will not get a reply.
At your leisure you may also view my photo gallery and others by going to website www.infofoto.org.bn
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah
(King of Brunei)
Lapangan Terbang Lama
Photo Gallery www.infofoto.org.bn
Luningning Ngoi (not verified)
Please help my daughter sick she have a beta thalassemiaSat, 2010/01/16 - 03:59
To Prince Bolkiah,
Im Mrs Luningning Ngoi 32 yrs old im asking for a financial assistance for my daughter she diagnosed have a beta thalassemia she needs a lifetime treatment im a single mother with two daughters i really dont know what should i do i have only small store where i get our daily needs food etc.pls bear with us i really love my daughter i want she lives longer ..pls help us...
I hope and i Pray for your help
Mrs Luningning Ngoi
Anonymous (not verified)
Prayer for Financial SupportWed, 2010/01/27 - 02:52
Ass salamualaikum.I am Rajib from Bangladesh . I came from a lower class Muslim family. My father is an old man & mother is a school teacher. We are four brothers & I am the eldest son of my parents. I have completed my Graduation & Post- Graduation from a local university ( Dhaka University ).Now I want to study MBA courses. It will take cost USD 7500.But I myself or my family unable to bear the tuitions fees. For this purpose, I am looking for a kind hearted person or organization for a financial support. I strongly believe that the Muslims are brothers. In addition, I like to promise to you that if Almighty Allah ever gives me such opportunity to help the poor students, I must help them. May Allah bless you.
Zinnur Zoha Rajib
Jasmine Selva Kumari (not verified)
need loans to close the existing loansThu, 2010/01/28 - 10:08
Dear Sir with due respect I submit the following for your kind consideration.I need your help to close my existing loan of 15lakhs and I assure you Sir I will repay it little by little with my salary. I had borrowed for the purpose of Education.Now the debtors are crushing me I am in the verge of death kindly help me and give me a new life.
Basuki Senoset... (not verified)
gharimin need helpThu, 2010/01/28 - 23:10
first i would like to introduce myself. my name is Basuki S, came from
Indonesia. I have 2 kids, 9 and 3 years old. i have unemployed for
about 2 years, and i have debt around US $2,000. i got caught in
please help me in the name of Allah....
this my contact:
adress: jl.holis II no.12
my phone number +628122439038
wassalaamu'alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
Ilyas uddin (not verified)
Please help our familyMon, 2010/02/15 - 01:56
Please help our family
My name is [removed] from Karachi, Pakistan. Right now I really need help from everyone who wants to donate for my mother. My mother is illness of Colon and Ovarian Cancer. We already sold most of our assets for my mother to get healthy but we are wrong my mother condition are getting worse every day then we decided to loan money to pay most of the medicine and hospital bills.
Right now we don’t have anything left, u should know me and my wife and my 3 months years old son live in a boarding house (small room for 3 of us). We can’t afford to rent a house or apartment anymore right now.
So that’s why I’m looking for donation from generous people that can help me and my family. We need USD$ 5000, - only not more...
I do have a job but I only make USD$ 120/ month and USD$ 50 I pay for our boarding house and the rest are used for our daily needs.
Thank you for your attention. May god always be with you, god bless you, sir.
Please send to dollar following address:
Allied Bank Limited
Sharah-E-Quaideen Branch, Karachi, Pakistan
Mobile No. [removed]
E-Mail Address [removed]
Confuse Lady (not verified)
Seeking help with sincerityTue, 2010/03/09 - 01:10
Salam..I am Malaysian and mosleme. I am having trouble lately since my company didnt my salary for few months. Debts getting bigger and bigger. I am looking for new job since year 2008 and still no luck. I am under depression and I dont want to the extend I can commit suicide as i tried it before. I feel useless. If your Highness can loan for me USD3000 and I will pay but by bit when I have cash and stabile work. I cant ask loan anymore since my name is blacklisted. I am blank for few days and I dont know why my intention lead me to write to you. With humble, i really hope and pray that you will consider my request...Allah bless you, your highness...
NUR FAIZ BINTI ... (not verified)
MOHON BANTUAN SPONSORTue, 2010/03/23 - 09:05
UNTUK MAKLUMAN , BIRO KEBAJIKAN DAN PENEMPATAN (BKP) PERSATUAN MAHASISWA MALAYSIA UNIVERSITI MU'TAH (PERMATA) , JORDAN AKAN MENGADAKAN SATU PROGRAM IAITU "FESTIVAL AMAL SEMU'TAH" YANG BAKAL BERLANGSUNG PADA 15 & 16 APRIL 2010 . PIHAK KAMI AMAT MENGALU-ALUKAN SEBARANG BENTUK TAJAAN , SPONSOR , SUMBANGAN PERIBADI , SEDEKAH ATAU YANG SEUMPAMA DENGANNYA DARIPADA ANDA SEMUA . JIKA BERMINAT UNTUK MEMBANTU BOLEHLAH MENGHUBUNGI SAUDARA SYUKRAN (+962776051564) firstname.lastname@example.org / NUR FAIZ SOLEHAN (+962776687917) email@example.com . SEBARANG BANTUAN DAN KERJASAMA KAMI DAHULUKAN DENGAN JUTAAN TERIMA KASIH....
SEKIAN , TERIMA KASIH
fatima (not verified)
Respected sir,Sun, 2010/03/28 - 02:41
Asalamoalaikum.i have passed my metric and i have got 748 marks from 1050 and i want to study in turkey at scolarship.if u would help me i will be thankful to you.
amjad hussian shah (not verified)
help for perform hajjThu, 2010/04/15 - 12:34
Dear sultan of Brunie,
I'm A muslim from pakistan and intended send my parents to perform hajj or pilgrimage to makkah but my money is not sufficient,I'm asking for financial help.
Allah will reward you,
i will waiting your answer.
my email ID: [removed]
Salam in thanks,
amjad hussian shah (not verified)
request for loanThu, 2010/04/15 - 12:38
Dear Sir with due respect I submit the following for your kind consideration.I need your help to close my existing loan of 20lakhs and I assure you Sir I will repay it little by little with my salary. I had borrowed for the purpose of Education and house bulding.Now the debtors are crushing me I am in the verge of death kindly help me and give me a new life.