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
shakila.ausaf (not verified)
i want zakat.Wed, 2010/05/19 - 04:04
i m a widow woman i want zakat i have no child i m running trust and madderssa so for this noble cause running iwant zakat and donation u see further detail in my web side http://www.ausafwelfare.com
i hope u must help this noble cause.
muhammad faiz (not verified)
to.Yang Mulia Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzadin WaddaulahSat, 2010/05/22 - 06:43
Yang Mulia Sultan...Saya dalam bulan depan ini juni 2010 butuh uang untuk membayar hutang saya yang sebesar 30 juta rupiah yang saya pinjam dari uang tabungan anaak-anak sekolah,saya bingung sultan harus bagaimana mencarinya karena saya sudah berusaha sekuat saya tetpi belum berhasil juga...SAYA BERNADZAR JIKA SAYA BERHASIL MENDAPAT PERTOLONGAN ALLAH.SUBHAANAHUU WATA'ALAA MELALUI SULTAN YANG MULIA....saya akan menghatamkan Al Qur'an untuk sultan,dan jika saya ditakdirkan oleh Alllh Subhanahu Wata'ala bisa bertemu dengan yang mulia sultan,saya akan menghatamkan Al Quran di depan Sultan Insya Allah...karena hanya Al Quran yang menjadi kebisaan saya.berikut data diri saya :
Nama : Muhammad Faiz
lahir : 11 April 1974
Alamat: Gresik Jawa Timur Indonesia
saya seorang guru Sekolah Dasar dan pengajar mengaji Al Quran.seumpama saya di beri kesempatan untuk bisa mengajar Al Quran di Brunei dengan senang hati karena niat saya hanya untuk Allah serta menghidupi untuk ma'isyah keluarga saya.Demikian Yang Mulia Sultan semoga Allah SWT selalu memberi kesehatan serta umur panjang serta kejayaan bagi Kesultanan Brunei Darussalam,Hanya ALLah SWT yang bisa menolong saya melalui Sultan.Amin
JAZAAKUMULLOOHU AHSANAL JAZAA WASSALAMU'ALAIKUM wr.wb
Abbas (not verified)
Please help meTue, 2010/05/25 - 08:32
I am a lebanese living in nigeria and have been facing difficult times and i have been finding difficulty facing the cost of living and i have a family to take care of and i earn a very poor salary which i thank allah for and i am in serious debt and the owners are requesting i pay them back and i am begging you to please help me with 30,000 usd so that i can get back on my feet and thank you and my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and am awaiting your generous and kind reply.
davood jafari (not verified)
qoranMon, 2010/05/31 - 06:41
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My information about the Qur'an in its education and vocational training centers need.
I hope we can communicate with the information together to be a good help.
My mobile number:
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Nadeem Baig (not verified)
Help RequiredSat, 2010/06/05 - 03:47
HONORABLE KING OF BRUNEI,
With due respect as i was looking for web site of sultan of Brunei and i came across this post and thought you could correct person to guide me. pls read this through and i really do need the help.
I am in great urgent need of financial help but not as ZAKAT for my own self & my family to purchase a reasonable appartment it will cost around minimum $ 60000 I am in really need your help I want to do work and earned.
As you know there is Unemployment going on every where and I am trying to get good job since last 6 years but did not found any job yet and now I am really in financial crunch & crises and i am unable to fulfill requirement of my family due to my long unemployment
There are total 6 persons dependable on me including my Wife 3 kids & my parents.
Honorable Sir I am a young Qualified man having vast professional experience and capable of doing hard & constant work.
Honorable Sir if you can help me out to get a reasonable job where I can work and earned reasonable amount and fulfill the requirement of my family.
In the end it is therfore requested to please help me out in this regard I will great full to your Honorable personality.
Waiting for your positive prompt reply in this regard.
May God Bless you & your Family.
Thanks & B.Regards.
Nadeem Anwer Baig.
email : email@example.com
MD.TARIQUL ISLAM (not verified)
Prayer for my study to continue..Thu, 2010/06/10 - 03:16
I am a ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY student(4th year).in BANGLADESH.my father is a poor honest MUSLIM..he affor my study expense by cultivating limited land,but now he is severly patient..
So PLEASE HELP my MOTHER also my study...PLEASE!!,PLEASE!!.PLEASE!!,PLEASE!!
(GOD BLESS U...)
[Cell:+8801918688686, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org]
S.Paramasivam (not verified)
requestition to donation-regardingSun, 2010/06/13 - 09:27
I am living with wife and two children.I am suffering in debt with bank about IRS475000/. Now i want donation from donators,kindly donate to me and save my family from debt terror. My bank account details in India as follows S.Paramasivam A/c number is610701077273 ICICI Bank Paramakudi branch. kindly help me I will loyal to you. Thank you very much sir.
Imam Mohammad Jameel (not verified)
islam scamThu, 2010/06/17 - 14:11
i am from india i am living small village in india karnataka state i am working as pesh imam jamiya masjid and i have 3 doughters 2 learning hafiz course in madarsa partime i am working free berween prayer time i want need help of financial because my house felldown i am cannot arrange money in my work i am very poor man pls contact me help me here no someone give zakah fitra sadakah so pls contact me jazak--allah khair. khuda hafiz i am waiting your replay.
my address -:Imam Mohamad Jameel Gutti,
Near Bustand At Post Mugad,580007,Karnataka state
Nadeem Sohail (not verified)
Request from pakistanSat, 2010/06/19 - 01:39
His Mejisty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
It is again request to you last time i didnt receive any
reply from you sir, it is possible that you have too load
for replying, sir i need help your kindness,financially i am much distrab but sir i want work for earning i am sorry to say sir i dont want bagig,so my request is this
that if you give me visa for your country i solve my all
matter please,please sir being a Muslim being a human if you donate all over the people please for me also.
after the God i hope you must help me.I hope INSHAH ALLAH
nadeem sohail (not verified)
one subjectMon, 2010/06/28 - 10:42
Sir please help me