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Attached is the letter I received from a pastor and his wife from London. I did some research and found a site where other speakers have been targeted. This couple found me on www.blackexperts.com.
If anyone has any questions they can reach me at http://inspirationalvoices.ning.com/

The invitation read as follows:

Dear Joyce Farrar-Rosemon ,

Thanks for indicating your interest to be our Guest Speaker at
this year London Barclays Christian Women’s Conference . We are very
excited and happy to
have such a wonderful personality in our mist.The event organizing
committee had a meeting earlier
today to deliberate on getting you available here. We believe we serve the
lord of
possibilities.Arrangements are stated below.

We have agreed to buy your flight ticket and to pay
your Hotel accommodation expenses . Also your Speaking fee is amounted
to 9,000Dollars.$5000 (FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS) deposit is to be paid as
soon as you procure all relevant travel documents so as to avoid any
dissapointment.You are informed to get accross your Work Permit to us
so your deposit can be approved according to our mandated rules and
regulation.

You are advised by the Event Organizing committee to immediately
contact the BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION to procure your UK Work Permit as
soon as possible

This will enable us to proceed with all arrangements to welcome you
here in London. Contact the British High Commission officer
information below.

BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION

Name…Dr Darren David

Email…darrend@britishhighc.info OR britishhighcom@britishhighc.info

Please confirm to us the closest Airport to your location so we can
start making arrangements to buy your flight tickets .Understand that
you need to expedite action because of the short notice. Feel free to
ask any question

We have attached a formal Letter of Invitation and contract
agreement.Please reconfirm to us your office Address for our perusal
and further action.Note you are meant to arrive a day before the
commencement of the event.

Please return a signed copy of the contract agreeement for proper
documentation.

We await your earliest response

Be Blessed
Pastor Williams Smith and Rev Helen Smith
Barclays International Miracles Center
Tel Phone: + 44 7024069826
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Hello, I am a classical and gospel singer, and today I received a similar letter. Due to the many spelling and gramatical errors, the lack of a working website, and lack of further professional enclosures, I was suspicious. My google searching eventually led me to this page, and your entry appears to confirm that the email which I received is in fact part of a scam which targets speakers as well as musical artists. Here is the text to the email I received, so readers can note the similarities and variance:
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Dear Abel,

MAY THE PEACE OF THE LORD BE WITH YOU.

We are Rev Wenger Smith and Pastor Helen Smith of the London
Christian Center located in London. We are writing to invite
you to be our performing artist at these year London Gospel Music Awards
.After reading through your profile on http://www.unsigned.com/.
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.

Venue.
752 High Road Leyton, London,
E10 6AA, United Kingdom
website.www.LondonGospelMusicAwards.org
Expected audience: 2500
Email:w.smith@londonyc.org
Date 4th of December to 6th December 2009
Host..Rev Wenger Smith and Pastor Helen Smith
Tel Phone: + 44 7024069826
Topic: SHOUT OF A KING

A formal Letter of invitation and Contract Agreement would be sent to you
as soon as you honor our invitation. We are taking care of your traveling
and Hotel Accommodations expenses including your fee.Our website
is currently under construction .feel free to email or call for more
update.

Be Blessed
Rev Wenger Smith and Pastor Helen Smith
Event Organizing Committees
London Gospel Music Awards
Tel Phone: + 44 7024069826
Tuesday, October 20th 2009 at 3:17PM
P.S. I called the number listed, and a heavily accented man answered without identifying himself and acted confused as to who I am until I fed him more info about the email. I could hear many voices speaking in the background obviously speaking on the phone. Clearly, this was a call center.
Tuesday, October 20th 2009 at 3:23PM
I'm glad I could help and that you didn't send them any money. We have to WATCH and pray. Go d will bless your musical career in legitimate ways! He promised to give us the desires of our heart as we obey his Word.
Tuesday, October 20th 2009 at 7:42PM
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