Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. [Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV)].
Poor, poor me! I was told a day ago that I had won $950,000 in a big promotional thing of some kind! The lady (who will be hereafter referred to as Miss X) who broke this news to me was very nice and really bent over backward to be very helpful.
Miss X further proceeded to let me know that it would be very easy to claim the prize – all I had to do was provide some information and forward it to an outfit associated with Facebook. At this point the sparring match began in earnest!
Miss X began to tell me that she would guide me through the process so I could claim my winnings. I was to provide name, address, phone, and some other stuff in order to get the prize I had won. My skepticism gear had kicked in at the very beginning (it has done that often as I have had to deal with certain theologians, church leaders and pastors over the years), so I asked her what she was getting out of all this. Her response was that she was not getting a thing – just being helpful.
I was to send an email to a certain address which used Facebook as part of the address that was tied in to yahoo.com and then I would be sent a code number that I would submit for confirmation. I said I could not provide that information, but rather my public phone number which anyone, including persons on the internet can obtain easily. I also said she could use my email address. She claimed my phone number was forwarded to Mr. Mark Zuckerberg who allegedly was a part of this. Soon my phone rang and there was an obvious Oriental on the other end whose command of English left a lot to be desired. I told him he must have a wrong number, thanked him, and hung up. I then reported to Miss X that Mark sounded an awful lot like an Oriental! No explanation forthcoming on this.
The sparring continued as we got down to brass tacks on the issue – she finally said that I would have to advance $550.00 to pay for fees and processing and then the prize money would be advanced to me. I replied that I would triple the fee money and all they had to do was deduct it from the prize money, and then advance by cashier’s check the winnings to me – then we would all be happy!
Of course that was not acceptable with Miss X insisting that I advance the fee amount and my insisting that they change the process as noted. For some minutes this went on until I did something that brought it all to a dramatic climax. As this “wrestling match” began to come to an end, I mentioned that I was not that much concerned about the 950,000 dollars as I was in line to inherit wealth that would make that look like less than 2 cents in U.S. money! After all, I am destined by God’s grace to inherit a special place being prepared by my Lord which will make even the greatest mansions built by wealthy people here on earth look like shabby unstable shacks by way of comparison. (See John 14). Further, I am a joint-heir with Jesus Christ, Son of the living God. So that position makes me rather well off also! (See Romans 8). On the mansion thing, take a look at “Reminders While Mansion Shopping!”.
On options in Facebook you can click on suspected spam icon. In my case, all the conversation was then revealed to those who work with problems involving spam. I clicked on this icon at least 3 times or more in the conversation process and finally I went to make a reply but got a message that essentially informed me that because of settings the message did not go through. And all that Miss X had said was replaced by an official statement that indicated there was a spam problem. Shortly after that Miss X and her photo disappeared – I did not even have to unfriend her. If you should have someone break in or send you an email telling you that you have won, or someone died and left you a batch of wealth, report them to those who are working with such issues and seeking to stop those who victimize many people each month of the year with an alleged lottery win or an inheritance of some kind.
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. [1 Timothy 6:10-12 (KJV)].