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" <email@example.com>
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Anonymous (not verified)
need dontion for mosque construction at santipur,guwahati,assam,Tue, 2011/08/09 - 18:36
all muslim brother of this world i request you to kindly make some donation for our mosque.it's situated at the heart of the city guwahati,assam,india.our mosque name is SANTIPUR JAME MOSJID.half of the mosque construction is done.now we need a sum of Rs.10.00.000(ten lac) to Finnish the work.
i hope all our muslim brother help us to construct our mosque.
Irfan (not verified)
pls help me i have lots of debtsFri, 2011/08/12 - 01:10
cointact me 9912284795 i have no words to say im depressed pls help me. assalam valakum
SAJID PERVAZE (not verified)
FOR HELPSat, 2011/08/13 - 02:37
AFTER GREETING I AM PAKISTANI BOY ,MY NAME IS SAJID PERVAZE, MY AGE 32 PLUS, I WANT MARRIAGE BUT I CANT MARRIAGE GUE MY POVERTY, MORE OF ALLRADY TIMES I SENT AN APPLICATION FORM OF LETER FROM ME TO HIS MAJESTY SULTAN HASANAL BOLKIAH THE HAED CHEIF OF BRUNEI COUNTRY AND IT ABOUT MY APPLICATION TO SUPPORT ME AND GRANT ME AID OF MONEY IN ORDER TO BUILD MY FUTURE OF MY LIFE HERE I CAN NOT CONCLUDE MY REQUESTING AND I NEED TO GRATN ME THE AMOUNT OF MONEY 25.000$ THAT I NEED TO BUILD UP MY FUTURE OF LIFE BECAUSE , DANGARIOUS CONDITION SO BLEASE HELP AND GRANT ME THAT MOENY, PLZ HELP ME
farhan (not verified)
studentThu, 2011/08/18 - 18:39
sir ,i really need money i want to continuous my studey please help me ,i need about 20 lack pakistani amount i will be very thankful to yu email@example.com
Syed Abdulla (not verified)
Help needed for medical treatment.Sun, 2011/09/11 - 04:53
Mr.Yang Mulia Awang Haji or to Mr.J. H.Bin Lunchai
Please convey my salam to His Mejesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah for the help he is doing for poor peoples. Allah will give Paradise for him and his family and inshaallah they will long live in the world.
I would like to bring your kind attention for my brother's wife medical treatment. Her age is 32 years only. Her two kidneys are not functioning. She is under dialysis now. She has three childrens under the age of 10, 7 and 5 respectively. Doctors advised kidney transplantation immediatley. But we are from poor family. We dont have money for the kidney transplantation. The total medical costs for her kidney transplantation is INR 15,00,000/-(Indian Rupees Fifteen lacs only).
Kindly, Please help for the medical treatment and save her life immediately.
Please contact my email id is firstname.lastname@example.org
irsam iskandar (not verified)
please help meFri, 2011/09/30 - 00:28
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatu
my name is irsam iskandar and i am from jakarta indonesia, i have a small company in indonesia and still need help to other people to grow up my company because i have problem with the financial, and i already try to do my best to defend my small company as long as i can, so i hopefully and i wish from you to help me for my difficulty of my financial because all my family depend on me and i can not see them suffer because i can not defend my business, please help me and i am waiting your kindness . and forgive me for my bad English.
this is my wife account number if you want to help us
BCA ( Bank Central Asia )
Account Number : 7150619003
Account Name : Tri Dewi Haryanti:
ghulamnabi mehran (not verified)
mehran welfare trustSun, 2011/11/06 - 11:05
kindly help to monsoon flood in 12 district in sind pakistan and send help madicines food cloths and blankets help our society.we are needy for your kind help and kind attention .thank you so much waiting your kind urgent and positive reply allah hafiz yours faith fully engr:ghulam nabi mehran samaji worker.mehran welfare trust
SHELY SULTANA ZAMAN (not verified)
Financial and Technological helpFri, 2011/11/25 - 06:58
To establish the Rahima-Mohammod AliMemorial general HOSPITAL in-Moheshpur,Jhenaidah,Bangladesh.I need financial and Tecnological help from thekind hearted and legened personality/Foundation/society of the world?
Please contract me.
ghulam nabi mehran (not verified)
as soon as posibleThu, 2011/12/01 - 01:47
kindly extend your help monsoon flood relabilitation activities in 12 district of sind pakistan and send life saving in madicines.food.cloths.and blankets.our society.
we needy for your kind help and kind attention.
thank you so much
waiting for your urgent and positive reply
your faith fully
Engr:ghulam nabi mehran
(mehran welfare trust)
A/C no:132432 national bank of pakistan shahbaz building hyderabad sindh
SHELY SULTANA ZAMAN (not verified)
Financial and Technological helpFri, 2011/12/02 - 21:56
To establish the Rahima Mohammad Ali Memorial General Hospital in Moheshpur, Jhenaidhah, Bangladesh.I need financial and technological help from the kind hearted and legened personality and any organization of the world.Please contact me.