A little while back, I received the “speaking request” below. It seemed so ridiculous to me that I posted it on Facebook for a laugh. A friend did some Googling and found out that, surprise, surprise, there is a scam behind this and that at least one person has fallen for it, agreeing to send something like $1000 USD to an individual to help secure a Visa for their speaking gig. Another friend, the talented and hilarious writer Guy MacPherson, suggested I respond to the “speaking request”, engaging the scammers for the purposes of entertainment. “Who has time for that kind of nonsense?” I asked. Well, apparently Guy does. With my permission, Guy posed as my manager and wrote to Pastor Jason Joe. Below is the original email followed by Guy’s correspondence with the scammers. Enjoy.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
SPEAKING INVITATION REQUEST
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, My Name is Pastor Jason Joe from the First Baptist Church we are writing to Invite you to be our guest Speaker at the up Coming First Baptist Church 2014 Anniversary which is taking place here In UK England, We are writing to invite and confirm your booking to be our Guest Speaker at up Coming First Baptist Church 2014 Anniversary. Other Ministers Of God are coming from Different part of the World.
The Venue as follows:
Brookhouse Road, Alsager, ST7 2PA,
Expected audience: 300 people
Duration of speech per speaker: 1 Hour
Host: PASTOR JASON JOE
Topic: LEADERSHIP MARRIAGE COMMUNICATION COMEDY
Date: 21th September 2014
Theme: TIME OF FULFILLMENT
REFERENCE: EVENT BROCHURE
SIGNING OF AUTOGRAPH: ALLOWED
SELLING OF CD’S AND BOOKS: ALLOWED.
TELEPHONE: + 44 704 205 6151
MOBILE: + 44 703 193 6251
The purpose of these conference is to re-brand the heart,mind,body and soul of Christians who have gone astray and are diverting their whole attention into mundane affairs and ensuring that it is possible for Christians, whether new or of long standing, to deepen their spiritual lives and gain eternal life. Also bringing a heart of deep compassion and a strong commitment to the fullness of life that is found only in the redemptive love of Christ, we are Sorry about our late invitation
it is due to the fact that our Speaker had back out because of her sudden illness.
We came across your profile on http://www.morganbrayton.com/ The lord has direct us to email you for this assignment. and we say it’s up to standard and we will be very glad to have such an outstanding personality in our mist for these overwhelming gathering. With your Multi talented speech more lives will come close to GOD. Arrangement to welcome you here will be discussed as soon as you honor or invitation. If you have any more publicity Material, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are taking care of your traveling and Hotel Accommodation expenses including our Speaker fees you are bless as you honor this invitation it is a pleasure writing you.
Hope to hear from you Asap.
In His Services,
Pastor Jason Joe
First Baptist Church
TELEPHONE: + 44 704 205 6151
MOBILE: + 44 703 193 6251
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Dear Mr. Reverend Pastor Joe,
Greetings in the name of my client, Morgan Brayton. Ms. Brayton passed along a message she received from You asking her to be a guest Speaker at your church in beautiful downtown UK England. Ms. Brayton and I are thrilled about the opportunity.
We receive numerous opPortunities like this and, truth be Told, many of them are nothing but scams. But I can tell from your Missive that this is completely Legitimate! I know this because, 1) you are a Church and churches don’t go around fooling People (the bible expressly forbids email scams), and b) you are offering Free travel and Hotel Accomodation. For this reason, I need not even complete a cursory google Search. You are good people. I can smell it a mile away (or 5000 miles away, as the Case may be! LOL!).
I notice on your Offer you say there will be approximately 300 people in attendance. That’s exciting! Do you happen to know if they hear in English? Unfortunately Ms. Brayton is only permitted to give her “talks” in English, despite speaking over 20 other languages (21). If you can confirm the audience will be hearing in English, I think we may have a deal!
I have some more questions, if you Permit me. It’s very important that these be Answered in the order I ask them:
• It is noted that SELLING OF CD’S AND BOOKS is ALLOWED. We think this is a wonderful idea but we are curiousing if there is a wholesale CD and Book shoppe in the Area where Ms. Brayton can peruse the selection because She is quite fond of her own CD and book collection and doesn’t want to part with any of them, no matter how much she can fetch for them on the open market at a Church.
• It is noted that each speaker will be given 1 Hour. How many Speakers do you plan on speaking? Could you speak to the speakers and ask them how long each one intends to speak? The reason I ask is because Ms. Brayton always has a Stipulation in her contract that insists she be permitted to speak longer than any other Speaker. So if one speaker goes the full Hour, Ms. Brayton MUST be able to speak the Full hour PLUS One Minute (61 minutes). Does this make sense?
• What tempo should she plan her Talk at? Ms. Brayton usually speaks at 110 BPM (beats per minute). We’re not sure what Baptists typically are used to. Come to think of it, I forget now if Europe uses BPM or if they’re on the Metric system. Excuse my ignorance. But I’m almost 90% certain England is right next to Europe.
• Your message says SIGNING OF AUTOGRAPH: ALLOWED. In Ms. Brayton’s case, can we change this to DEMANDED? Most likely all 300 in attendance will want her autograph, but on the off chance there is a Malcontent amongst them, we would request that you lock all exits until each person has happily received Ms. Brayton’s scrawled signature on a piece of paper. (Also we Request a #2 HB pencil and a sharpener.)
• As her agent, I receive a 15% commission. One question: Do you think that’s Fair? (Please keep that between us.)
Now that you’ve answered these questions (in order), we can get down to detail. Specifically when would you need Ms. Brayton to arrive in UK, England? I notice the Engagement is to be on September 21th, which is a Sunday in Canada (I assume that’s a Monday in UK, England). And when would she be leaving UK, England and returning to Canada? Will she have time to stop and smell the Flowers? This shouldn’t take long, depending on how many flowers there are. (For the record, how many flowers will there be?)
Finally, we must know how much money she Will be receiving for her efforts. Obviously, a talent such as Ms. Brayton doesn’t come cheap. She commands $.05/word (five cents per word), which usually works out to approximately $10,000 USD. (Aside: Do they have US dollars in UK, England? Ms. Brayton is allergic to British pounds. And gluten.) Obviously you will require many rolls of American nickels. To make things easier, we will need a court stenographer to transcribe her speech on a Word document capable of calculating the word count. We’ve found, through trial (no pun intended! LOL!) and error (no pun at all), that it’s too time-Consuming to count by pointing to each Word with a pencil and counting that way. And sometimes you Lose track, trust me! LOL! Been there, done that! LOL! #veryfrustrating
That’s all from our end. What do we need to Do to make this Happen?! Ms. Brayton is eager to re-brand the heart,mind,body and soul of Christians who have gone astray and are diverting their whole attention into mundane affairs and ensuring that it is possible for Christians, whether new or of long standing, to deepen their spiritual lives and gain eternal life through Lesbianism. We appreciate the Opportunity. Please thank the lord for directing you to email Ms. Brayton for this assignment.
Looking forward to awaiting your Reply!
Yours in Christopher,
Friday, March 7, 2014
Dear Steve MacPhee, Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! A blessed Year to you and your family. How are you Steverino and we thank you for the response, we would like to let you know that event organizing committee has come to an agreement to bring Morgan Brayton down to England UK. Our Budget for the up coming First Baptist Church 2014 Anniversary is $50,000 and we are taking care of your traveling Flight, Meal, Hotel Accommodation and your honorarium fee. Here is the Topic: LEADERSHIP MARRIAGE COMMUNICATION COMEDY Here is the venue of the event: 27 Mowbray Rd, Northallerton. London UK, you can ask anything you may like to know regarding this Anniversary via telephone or E-mail: Tel: + 44 704 205 6151 or + 447031 936 251 or Firstbaptistchurchengland@Gmail.com. May God bless you as you honor this invitation. We looking forward to hearing from you Asap. In His Services, Pastor Jason JoeFirst Baptist ChurchTELEPHONE: + 44 704 205 6151MOBILE: + 44 703 193 6251
Friday, March 7, 2014
Hey-ho, Pastor J.J.,
I hope you don’t mind the nickname I’ve assigned you but I’ve always had a knack for nicknames. You might say I’m “Dyn-o-mite!” at them! (Laugh-O-L!) (PS Did you get Good Times in England UK? Hope so! If not, please kindly disregard first paragraph and greeting. I’ll think of a new nickname for next time.)
That’s great news that the event organizing committee has come to the decision to bring Ms. Brayton to England UK. We’ve always felt that out of all the Englands, England UK was the best. And I’m not just saying that!
In my previous email to you, I asked several questions. If you could answer them for us, it would be much appreciated (and expected! L-Out-L!). To find them, simply scan the message, look for the question marks (“?”) and work backwards from there. That’s what I do. #worksforme
A few other questions forthwith: What airline will she be flying? What hotel will she be staying at? Will she have a driver with a black hat? (looks more professional) I just checked Google maps street view of the address you’ve given and the area is beautiful. Which house is the church based in? They all look lovely. (Please answer these questions AFTER you’ve answered the previous email’s questions. I know that’s a lot of work but Ms. Brayton is worth it.)
While Ms. Brayton is a consummate professional who has given many, many talks to 300 people in churches located inside small houses, that doesn’t stop the butterflies. Surely you’ve heard the advice for nervous speakers to picture the audience in their underwear. Please ensure everyone in attendance strip down to their under garments before Ms. Brayton takes to the podium. It really helps lighten the mood. Seriously.
Is there anything else we need to know or do at our end? I’d like to get this all sorted out as s. as possible.
All the best to you and your Lord Jesus Christ.
Stephen J. MacPhee
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Blessings and Holy Greetings to you in the Glorious and Matchless Name of Jesus. we thank the lord that lead us to Morgan.
May God bless you with out any further delay the Event Organizing committee has decide to bring Morgan down to England UK to come and speak at the First Baptist Church 2014 Anniversary.
We would like to know your Honorarium fee also we have come to an agreement to book your hotel accommodation, buy your Flight Ticket to England UK and also your meals.also we would like to know if you are really committing your self to be our guest Speaker.
We would like to know this from you before going on arranging for your contract agreement letter, we would like to know if you have been to UK London before also to know if you have your UK work Visa.
The UK Government has oppose a law that any international speaker coming to UK to speak he/she must procure his/her working Visa.Please do get back to us with a scan copy of your UK Work Visa if you have it. also get back to us with your full name so that we can go on arranging for your contract agreement letter.
You can ask any question you may like to know regarding this anniversary Via E-mail: Firstbaptistchurchegland@gmail.com you can also reach us at the Telephone number: + 44 704 205 6151 Mobile: + 44 703 193 6251
We would like to let you know that the event organizing committee has decide to have a prayer session for you.
May God continue to reveal to you the wonders of His Son and unveil the beauty of His finished work on the cross to you.
We await your response. Stay bless
In His Services, Pastor Jason Joe First Baptist Church TELEPHONE: + 44 703 193 6251
Monday, March 10, 2014
Greetings to you, too, Pastor Joe. I don’t know about the “matchless name of Jesus” (have you ever been to Mexico?), but greetings nonetheless.
I am pleased to report that Ms. Brayton is fully committed to being your guest speaker. She’s already scouring joke books to come up with some real “zingers,” as they call them in the professional comedy racket. Tell me, are any of your church members Polish? She’s been reading some Polish jokes that are real doozies and she’s excited to deliver them in her own inimitable style that she stole from Totie Fields but she doesn’t want to offend anyone. I told her not to worry because even if there are Polish people in attendance, they probably won’t understand the jokes! (See what I did there?)
You asked what our honorarium fee is. You probably missed it in my last message to you but it’s there. Go back and search for the dollar sign. It looks like this: $. The fee should be in that paragraph somewhere.
We’re still waiting for all our questions to be answered by you. Hopefully that comes in your next response. I may have asked too many questions, in which case feel free to take a fifteen (15) second break between each one. It gives your brain a chance to relax and reduces risk of carpel tunnel syndrome. Win-win!
As for the Working Visa, you are in luck, my good man! Ms. Brayton’s paternal grandfather on her mother’s side was born in England UK. This makes her a dual citizen with your country. She holds two passports and is permitted to work in both countries! Lucky you! Lucky Ms. Brayton! Lucky me (remember the 15% I mentioned before?)!
I guess the next step is the contract agreement letter you can go ahead and get started on. Plus the arrangements for flight, hotel, spa, escort, etc.
And aren’t we lucky that the organizing committee is going to have a prayer session for us! Thank you so much! I can’t tell you how much it means to us for everyone to sit around and think about us resulting in no discernable changes one way or the other. It really does warm the cockles of my heart. And who wants cold cockles? Not I, good sir, not I!
Awaiting your response – and answers to all our questions.
Stephen O. MacPhee
Monday, March 10, 2014
Dear Steve MacPhee,
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, We thank you Steverino for the response once again, we would like to know the honorarium fee before arranging the contract agreement.
We will also like to let you know that the UK Government has oppose a Law that any international speakers coming to UK HE/SHE must procure his/her UK Work Visa if Ms. Brayton would like to be our guest speakers she must procure her UK Work Visa, for for info about that you can contact the UK British Embassy to know more.
Here is their contact Address:
We looking forward to hearing from you Asap.
Hope to hear from you Asap.
In His Services, Pastor Jason Joe First Baptist Church TELEPHONE: + 44 704 205 6151 MOBILE: + 44 703 193 6251
Monday, March 10, 2014
Dearest Pastor Joe,
Thanks for your speedy reply. It was so quick I’d almost think you were a machine that automatically sends out a pre-written reply no matter what I write! LOL!
Perhaps, in your haste, you missed the part about Ms. Brayton’s dual nationality, which precludes the need for a UK Work Visa. Ms. Brayton has given speeches all over England UK, both here and there. Also hither and yon. She is able to do this because she possesses an English UK passport. If you require, she is also able to supply a note from her father. So happy, happy, happy! You must be very relieved that this bit of red tape is not required this time. We saved you a headache, I’m sure!
Also in your haste, you forgot – again! – to answer my numerous questions. If they’re too difficult, you may phone a friend. Sometimes they can be quite helpful.
Praise be to Allah!
Stephen A. MacPhee
Guy broke the robot. For all his efforts, he received the following one-sentence reply:
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
what do you mean by all this what are you talking about Allah?
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Dear Pastor Joe,
Please do not take offence at my closing line. Certainly none was intended. Here in Canada, we use all forms for the Creator interchangeably. So God is the same as Allah is the same as Buddha is the same as Yahweh is the same as the Flying Spaghetti Monster. All good and magnificent!
I’m not sure about England UK, but in Canada all religions get along together and love and respect one another. I can assure you that Ms. Brayton is a devoted First Baptist, the best type of Christian, and not a dirty Presbyterian or Anglican.
Now can we get back to planning for her big speech?! As I mentioned in my last two emails to you, Ms. Brayton is able to work in England UK because she holds a British passport. Only rarely does she let it go, usually if she needs both hands to carry something. But as soon as she puts it down, she brings the passport back in her clutches.
So from our end, we’re ready to go. I’ve neglected to mention one detail, but this shouldn’t pose a problem. As I’m sure you’re well aware, the Canadian government requires a Permission for Visa Request fee from foreign institutions seeking work from Canadian citizens. It’s a small fee of $1,000CDN. You can find out more by emailing totallyrealCanadiangovernmentagency@gmail.com. If you wire me the money, I can expedite this for you. And don’t worry, we can take this amount off the $10,000 owed to Ms. Brayton. Our way of saying thanks!
I’m a little concerned that you haven’t answered a single question that I’ve asked but you must have your reasons. Probably an oversight. If you like, I can resend the questions. Let me know because this isn’t a waste of time at all!
All the best to you and yours in the name of whatever deity won’t offend you,
Stephen L. MacPhee
We never heard back from them again which is a shame because I was really looking forward to my $10,000 visit to UK England.