‘Islamic’ 419 scams are doing the rounds again

Mas’ud Khan has alerted people to an African advance-free conman trying to use Islam to lure people into joining his fraudulent scheme. The scheme is known as 419 after the section of the Nigerian penal code which deals with it; I posted an article to my web page about this as I’d received a similar invitation from a “dictator’s widow” in the Ivory Coast.

Note that this scam invitation, like that shown in the article I earlier wrote, contains phrases no Muslim would use. For example, we do not talk of a near-fatal crash as meeting Almighty Allah; not do we talk of da’wah as being “enhancement” of the word of Allah; tawheed (one word, not two!) is not the “Islamic bath”. By the way, a stroke does not leave you paralysed from the waist down - it leaves you paralysed down one side.

London Metropolitan Police’s page on 419

419 Eater - a page dedicated to baiting and exposing advance fee scammers. From:    Mas’ud Ahmed Khan <masud@m…> Date:  Thu Jan 20, 2005  5:48 pm Subject:  SCAM beware

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as-salamu ‘alaykum,

If anyone received the following please do not get taken in by, this is yet another case of a Nigerian style 419 Advance Fee Banking Fraud. This person is very despicable in that he is trying to play to the sensibilities of Muslim to then defraud them of money, please inform others of this as many people have been taken in by such scams before and have lost vast sums of money. wa ‘as-salam

Mas’ud

———— Original Message ———— Subject: Assalamu Alaikum Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 13:25:16 +0100 From: bilaalazizudeen11@h…

Assalamu Alaikum,

In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful, the Master of the day of Judgement , I greet you in the name of Allah. I am formally Miguel Marcos Llera from Cuba. I was born into a strong and devoted catholic family. All through my life I have been doing business and I was into gold mining and selling.

I met our creator and the merciful one Almighty Allah when I was having a business deal with one of my partners from U.A.E and from the day I was given the Islamic bath (Taw heed) my name changed to Bilaal Azizudeen .On 10th january 2004 myself and my family and my business partner took a flight from kish to sharjah and we flew kish airline. We had a plane crash and all members of my family including my very good friend lost their lives. I give thanks to Allah that I am one of the lucky ones that survived the crash.

The airline was under the management of one Mr Shabab Attarzadeh who was later sacked after this incidence. I had to Move to AKAR SENEGAL and I am now left with my relatives to take care of me. Owing to the fact that my relatives knows I have reverted to Islam, they have left me to suffer in pain. what disturbs me most is stroke that I have. I have developed paralyses from my waist region downward I am taking this bold step to let you know that I want to leave in your care the sum of $12.8million United States Dollars I deposited in a security company here in DAKAR SENEGAL for the enhancement and propagation of the word of Almighty Allah.

Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a mosque, or an Islamic organisation or better still a Moslem that will utilize this funds the way I am going to instruct here in. My main aim of doing this is for the propagation and upholding of the message of Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon Him).I want this funds to be used for Zakah and for helping the poor after the Ramadan fasting and performing pilgrimage. Also In the western world, you find out that the message of Allah has not yet really gotten there.

The message of Islam must not only be preached and upheld, but also our youths have to be called back to the right path and thereby reawaken their consciousness. Allah didn?t send Muhammad (peace be upon him) to one particular tribe, but to mankind at large.Surah #2.254 “Allah commands His slaves to spend out of what He has provided them in His way, in charity that they may accumulate their reward with their lord and proprietor. It is for this reason they should hasten up to do in this world before the Day of Resurrection in which neither bargaining nor friendship nor intercession shall avail.

No one can bail himself out or can he ransom himself even if he spent, for that purpose, and earth load of gold. Nor can kinship avail him.(#23.101)For now I don?t want any calls from you because of the presence of my relatives that are always around me and I don?t want them to know my plans. Do get back to me to my private mail Azizudeen2@n… Hoping to hear from you soonest and do notify your interest to help me to propagate Islam.

All praise is due to Allah Who brought everything into existence and may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon our noble Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) and His virtous adorers till the day of Judgement.

May Allah bless you as you respond to my plea.

Ma Salam,

Bilaal Azizudeen.

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