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
SHAHNAZ BEGUM (not verified)
REMEMBERFri, 2009/06/05 - 11:08
HAJI SULTAN HASSANAL BOLKIAH
I HAVE MAILEDYOU REGARDING HELP FEW DAYS BACK.I AM ANXIOUSLY WAITING FOR YOUR POSITIVE REPLY.I HAVE TOLD ALL MY PROBLEMS WHICH ARE GENUINE.ALLAH KNOWS EVERYTHING IF YOU NEED ANY PROOF I'LL PROVIDE YOU.I AM JOBLESS SINCE LAST YEAR. MY BUSINESS DID'NT WORK,IT WAS DISASTER.I TOOK LOAN FROM YHE BANK WHICH IS STILL UNPAID.I WANT TO MAKE A NEW START.I DID LOTS OF HOMEWORK AND PREPARATIONS FOR IT ,BUT AT THE MOMENT,I DONT HAVE MONEY TO SHAPE IT WELL SO,I ALWAYS PRAY TO ALLAH FOR HELP AND I THINK YOU WOULD BE A HELPFULL HANDS WITH ME WITH GRACE OF ALLAH(INSHA- ALLAH)
[Address, telephone and bank information removed by site admin]
Syed Muhammad Z... (not verified)
JOB OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCEFri, 2009/06/12 - 01:38
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah" firstname.lastname@example.org
RESPECTED SIR SULTAN OF BRUNEI
I have come to know through reliable sources that you are granting financial aid to needy person for their welfare etc. I am belonging to a poor family and wish to improve my family financially and socially, which could only be achieved if I have got a chance to serve abroad. But I have no sources and money to peruse my aim of life.
It is therefore humbly requested help me please and make necessary arrangements for my request and I will pay you back all expenses to be spent upon my task on arrival of your native country. I hope you will not despite me as it is my last ambush of life.
Mr. Syed Muhammad Zahir Shah
Anonymous (not verified)
AT GOD'S WILLSun, 2009/09/06 - 00:58
Assalammualaikum warahmatullah hiwabarakaatuh,My Great King,please kindly call me at +659[deleted] as I am in need to speak to you personally & can't be done in writings.I am in need of a financial assistance from your humbleness as to assist me in establishing a happy family which is my utmost dream in living in this transit world before our after death.I am pleading if you could fulfil my request.
Thanking you in advance,may ALLAH bless you & your family,Assalammualaikum warahmatullah hiwabarakaatuh.
Always a MUSLIM,
ratchie (not verified)
i am in great need.Thu, 2009/10/08 - 03:49
i am from the philippines, begging you for your financial help at the moment. i am an overseas filipino worker, with 4 children. and i dont wanna leave my kids anymore. i need financial aid because im in great debt.please do help me sir. i know you have a great heart. i will forever treasure you. and pray for your good health as always.
ratchie from the philipines
fathima beevi c... (not verified)
Assalammualaikum warahmatullah hi wabarakaatuh,My Great King,pleThu, 2015/07/09 - 11:55
Assalammualaikum warahmatullah hi wabarakaatuh,My Great King,please kindly call name fathima neevi age 40yrs, seperated from my husband due to dowry problem having 20yrs age daughter name dillunisha waiting for marriage and one son name shagul hameed age 21yrs having passport looking for abroad job but no one is there to help my family,as I am in need to speak to you personally & can't be done in writings.I am in need of a financial assistance from your humbleness as to assist me in establishing a happy family which is my utmost dream in living in this transit world before our after death.I am pleading if you could fulfil my request
Thanking you in advance,may ALLAH bless you & your family,Assalammualaikum warahmatullah hiwabarakaatuh
shakeel ahmad (not verified)
helpFri, 2009/12/04 - 01:27
i am a poor man
Abbas Ali (not verified)
Image of muslims in the world.Wed, 2014/04/09 - 09:51
Sultan Haji Foundation,
With reference to the email send to you by Majesty King regarding the image of European Media. I heartily appreciated and agree with the Majesty King's feeling and thoughts and intended to work hard in this task beside that being Muslims it is our first duty to motivate
non Muslims to become Muslims but it is depend upon on our real Muslim's behaviour according our Holly Quran and Sunna with others Nations in the world.
Any how Sirs,
Can you please send me the guide lines/instructions if you have of your Foundation i will try my best to contact my European friends on face book or on google research to contact in this regard and motivate them and presented them the actual position and explain them that Good and bad behave peoples are in every society but 95% peoples are Humanitarian and well wishers all the Humanitarian's in the World.
Now Awaiting your swift reply.
Thanks Kind Regards,
[removed] Rana Colony,
G.T Road Gujranwala(Pakistan)
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Anonymous (not verified)
Request for Scholorship for my childrenMon, 2009/12/14 - 03:24
I want to help the poor,and want to work voluntarely.There are many poor who do nothave the money for their food,many people who do not have the money for their medicine and widdows who cannot afford thier daily family expences.I am working person and wantto devote sometime for the help of humanbeings.There are many people in Pakistan who need help.
Can the king of Brunai help in this regard Finacially.
Please reply.I shall be thankful.
Dr. Mohammad Yousaf
Muhammad Junaid Khan (not verified)
Request for scholarshipSun, 2009/12/27 - 08:33
Respected His excellence Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah
I am 16 years old and presently studying in FSC1(pre engg) PakTurk international schools and colleges Islamabad, Pakistan. I have got A1 grade in my matric(10) exams from Federal board Islamabad, Pakistan during the year 2009. moreover I have got 97% in mathermatics, 87% in chemistry and 86% in biology
Now I want to continue my higher studies in Brunei university in the field of engineering.I want financial help for it because my father cannot afford expenses for my higher studies. We are 3 brothers and two sisters studying in various schools.
Please grant me scholarship for higher studies in Brunei or any any other country.
I shall be thankful.
Mohammad Junaid Khan
Tofik Hassen (not verified)
asking for assistance to contruct modern Islamic CenterMon, 2010/01/04 - 03:22
This is from Ethiopia, i hope u can find Ethiopian in the world map in the East Africa, in its cpital we secured land from government to construct modern islamic center with modern School and library, so we need you kind assistance and ready to provided any documents my needed.