Since several of us in here are @Pastors, I wanted to share this wonderful example of how easy it is to appeal to our base desires—in this case, a pastor’s desire to be “important”—in order to scam people. Here’s the email I got:
Greetings to you Pastor JOSEPH BAYLY,
I am Pastor James Davis of Heart Church, United Kingdom. We are
writing to invite you to be our guest speaker at our upcoming annual
conference tagged “TRUTH CONFERENCE 2019” coming up from 1st through
3rd of march 2019. The purpose of this conference is to trigger the
pursuit of deep Christianity among youth, young adult, old and partial
Christians. Also, to resource all believers interested in being better
equipped to share and defend their Christian faith.
VENUE: Conference Hall (Inside Church Premises)
Mansfield Rd, Eastwood
NG16 3SS,United Kingdom.
Date : March 1st to march 3rd 2019
Scheduled Topic: Setting Aside Mundane Affairs and Passionately Pursuing Christ
Theme: Shinning like stars in the world through the Gospel
Your expertise and experience in this field of work will be an
excellent addition to our programme (TRUTH CONFERENCE), as many of our
visitors will look forward to hearing and learning from your work. It
is an honor to be able to invite you to be a guest speaker for a talk
on (Setting Aside Mundane Affairs and Passionately Pursuing Christ),
as we have read your profile on your online website
(https://www.christchurchcincy.com/), and aware of your great
contribution to this field of work.
We look forward to a positive response. If you can RSVP in 48 hours to
our contact details (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will provide
you with additional information you might require.
PS: Flight arrangement, hotel accommodation, ground transportation and
honorarium will be sorted by the event organizing committee.
Man, this is crazy. Perhaps a UK version of the “short-term missionary” method of funding a work? The website looks like they really exist. But this is also clearly a staggered mass-mailing invitation, looking for any pastor that will accept.
I should add that this sort of thing is why I don’t accept friend requests on FB from pastors in developing areas like India or Africa any more. They’re always just looking for money from rich Americans.