Today, I had a rather unique chat conversation on Facebook (FB) with a friend who is a pastor in Africa. Nigeria, in fact.
It was unusual to be sure, because of the topic of discussion. Scammers.
Yes, I recently mentioned about internet scammers, in another Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, but that entry related to love. This did not.
My pastor friend had told me previously, that his brother had been hired by a hotel chain and would be relocated from Nigeria, to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At the time I was told this, I recall commenting that his brother must be awfully good at what he does, in order to receive a position such as this. Especially since the employment agency was supposedly assisting in relocation, accommodation and other things. At a cost, of course.
Well, I'm sure you've heard the saying... if it's too good to be true, it probably is. If you've never heard this in the past, you have, now.
To be sure, I prayed about this situation for my friend's brother. And, I am grateful that God revealed truth, today. Even if the truth wasn't what they wanted to hear.
As my pastor friend told me some information his brother had told him, I began thinking to myself... where have I heard this, before? Oh yes; my American friend and her husband, who were ripped off by an employment scammer on internet!
Our chat took a different direction. Instead of him telling me more about what his concerns were for his brother, I began telling him about what happened to my friends.
Then, reality set in, for him. The story I told, matched exactly to the story he was alluding to.
Be still my heart!
Truthfully, I was glad we had this conversation. He was also concerned about being billed for services not yet received. After further discussions, he decided he needed to speak with his brother.
Of course, he had work to do, too. Just as I did.
After praying about this situation coming to light, I thought how unusual it was that someone in Nigeria was being scammed. In the past, unscrupulous people from Nigeria, were faxing me, in an effort to scam me! lol
Even so, it is not a good situation. I was grateful that I had previously heard about this type of scam, involving employment. Especially since my knowledge was of help to the person in the process of being scammed.
God has a way of working everything out. He told us that we should be thankful in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Easier said than done, for sure.
He gives us wisdom and comforts us, in our trials. In fact, He told us in 2 Corinthians 1:4, "Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them
which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of
As I said to my friend, before we ended our chat conversation on FB, we truly need to pray for the person who was behind this scam. He/she obviously needs to come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Just as we all do.
Until next time...
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