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Anglican Church warns of fraudulent emails from Nigeria seeking donations


(RNS) — The Anglican Church of Nigeria is warning foreigners to beware of emails from “fraudulent personalities” hoping to exploit “Christian love and the good name of the church.”

The trend to lure unsuspecting Christians into donating money to phony African causes grew to an alarming rate in 2005, according to a public “disclaimer” posted on the Anglican church’s Web site and dispatched to news outlets throughout the world.

The “fraudsters,” posing as Anglican ministers, evangelicals or missionaries, take part in spurious activities such as selling pets that “never get delivered” and collecting money for the sick and orphans with “seemingly convincing pictures.”

Anglican ministers and church members in Nigeria, the world’s second largest Anglican province, would not send unsolicited mail seeking or offering money to strangers, the statement said.