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
Ghulam Murtaza (not verified)
require electrical engieering job in ur stateSun, 2010/09/12 - 09:37
i m electrical engineer doing a job as Mgr maintenance in electrical,
Youssef (not verified)
Need of help !Mon, 2010/10/04 - 18:08
My name is Youssef B 45 years Moroccan !
I have had Diabetes type 1 since October 1993 .
I retired from my job as a Nurse in June 2007 .
Because that Clinic has changed into administration !
I tried to find other job but as I am Diabetic it is hard ?
Now I am in a situation in which I really need a finacial support !
I am looking for a geat help from someone or an association:
Also I am available to work as a Nurse for any:
Other Health issue
For more informations please contact me at:
Aysha Haleema K... (not verified)
educational assistanceTue, 2010/10/05 - 12:05
I have passed my plus two examination with 93% with A+ grade in all subjects. I have passed my 10th exam also with 93%.I have been selected for MBBS admission at a medical college and have paid the first year fees.In the coming years paying the fees will be a daunting task for my family.Even taking the loan from the bank will be a big task with high rate of interest. I am one of the very few people who has mastered an instrument music which is facing extinction. Details about my academic and other qualifications can be forwarded if required and requested.
mariya (not verified)
finence help meWed, 2010/10/06 - 09:32
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah
......... i am not the only one
pls dont avoid my
mail ... u gave alot of mony for fund and aid ....
Allah given u alot alot alot of mony ...hope so u
kind for me .. am house wife i have 3 kids.they r
studing good school
my husband has shop but he doesnt earn enough mony ... we cnt
capable to deposite school fee ..i am too needer
... i wish i could go to haj and could give well education to my kids ....
pls do help me do finence for my haj and my basic need my
kids school fee ..
i ill give u my bank account number ... pls
do some thing for me... i can give u my phone number what u ever u
want i needed mony very much
. i wish i could give good education to my kids. .. sometimes i did not have
pls help me if u wnts to know then i ill give u my
identy or mobile number
or bank accont number...and also i wish i wnt go to haj ...
three kid will b well educat due tu urs little help
am waiting ur reply .... u pls help me as soon as possible
NADEEM SOHAIL (not verified)
help requestWed, 2010/10/13 - 12:36
i need help please
Aftab ul haq (not verified)
i need financal helpSun, 2010/10/31 - 04:56
i am from pakistan.i live in province khyber pukhtoon khwa.i amstudent of civil engineering.due to high flood in our area our crops and house are ruined.now all our incom will be spendon reconstruction of our hose due to which my education is stop.two years remain in my education carrier.i want to complete my education carrier.i need financial help.please help me in this hard time.
Djuanto (not verified)
we need you help as soon as possible...Please...Sun, 2010/10/31 - 23:31
ASSALLAMUALAIKUM WR WB.
Dear Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
I am a bisnis man and I have wife ,two daughter also,my company has bankrupt with too much debt (about $36000 US DOLLAR).I feel so heavy in my life right now,so many debt collector come and make me feel stress.my family so scere/afraid of debt collector’s attitude .they are so cruel.i am so worry with this situation for my family.please…. help me…..,I have to pay my debt.
I try to wake up and take credit from bank but no bank give credit,I am so confuse and thinking fate of my friends,my family,their child.I am so sad if I think about their family.
How can their family eat if they have no job,no money,now we are “POOR MAN”very very poor.
We are very very suffering.and we don’t have money to buy food for tumorrrow.please help us…..
I pray to ALLAH “ya ALLAH give strength to us,especially me”,I want to help my self and them.
I have to fight this bankrupt,for them,because I love them as my family too.
With limited of my condition ,I try to developt my bisnis but it is not easy for me without new capital not enough to develop it,I come to every bank and hoping get credit but no bank give me credit because my wife has problem with bank.I come to my friends to borrow money but all of them said empty.I am not shy to face this reality,even they contemptuous to me,contaminate their live and said that I am as beggar.I don’t care what they think of me or say to me.I just think inside of my heart “I have to give them(my friends) job,
their family(wife,children,parents etc)need food to eat.i have to help my self and them(friend’s family)
Now I need capital US $ 30000 (Rp280juta)to developt my work in education center.
I hope to ALLAH ,to hear my pray,my beg to help us,is there an angel who sent by ALLAH to us,for help finished our problem?.i think with new capital I can work and pay my debt part of part.
I realy realy hope there is an angel ,a liberal,generous,charitable,a richman ,etc who want to good action to donation their money,to help us finished our suffer.
We are not want to be beggar,we have to work hard for our success.please… we need your support.
NB:We need your help,Please…….
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Muhammad wali shujai (not verified)
Need help for My schoolSun, 2010/11/14 - 07:16
I beg to say that i live in Gilgit, Baltistan, Skardu. Shigar Braldo near the k2.
I make school in this area and shigar in that place no school situated.
and this school need help for working again better.
so you can help me.
you can see our school at the website: www.alrizaschool.org
thank for read this .
Bankname:-Habib Bank ltd.main branch skardu pakistan
Anonymous (not verified)
help us your caar is awesomeTue, 2010/12/07 - 13:19
this is brian wood and chase perkey and we want 500,00 dollors.please we are poor and we need to buiild a sakte park email:firstname.lastname@example.org please HELP!
george (not verified)
Seek business partnershipMon, 2010/12/20 - 10:42
I wish to partner you to set up a transportation business in my country, Ghana. I promise you will never regret it. Please reply me and lets start right away. Thank You for granting me audience.