during a little break while speaking to lutheran church (missouri synod) senior pastors yesterday, i looked at my blackberry, and saw a last-minute invitation to speak at a large youth gathering in london – in two weeks. apparently, the primary speaker had pulled out due to illness, and they’d found my information on the ys nywc website (though the email actually came through the contact page of my new website).
i was intrigued, and thought it might actually be possible to go, as the dates were open for me. i responded positive, adding a handful of questions.
but when i got back to my hotel room, i read the message again, and was nagged by a “this is too weird” sense, mainly from the grammar and odd phrasing (i even started to wonder if it were possible that the event organizer was an immigrant for whom english was not his primary language).
here’s the email:
Dear Mark Oestreicher,
My Name is Rev.Mike Gabriel from the LONDON YOUTH Community Here in London UK. We want you to be our guest Speaker at this
Year UK YOUTH EVENT to bring our youth close to God which will take place here in UK.We are writing to invite and confirm your booking to be our guest Speaker at these year.
UK YOUTH EVENT.
The Venue as follows:
VENUE: Skeel Lecture Theater,
Queen Mary, University of London,People’s Palace Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
Expected audience: 3500 people
Duration of speech per speaker: 1 Hour
Organization: LONDON YOUTH CONFERENCE,
Website: (currently Updating)
Date:21 May 2010.
We came across your profile on http://www.nywc.com/ 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 so much have fun, Sorry about our late invitation it is due to the fact that one of our guest Speaker had back out because of her sudden illness.
Arrangements to welcome you here will be discussed as soon as you honor our invitation. If you have any more publicity material, please
do not hesitate to contact me. 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 Accommodation expenses including your Speaking fee.
UK YOUTH EVENT.
on a whim, i googled “rev. mike gabriel uk youth event”, and found this. apparently the whole thing is a scam to try to get money for a “work permit”. it will be interested to see if the dude responds to my questions!
man, someone went to a bunch of trouble on this one, since they included the nywc website and contacted me through my own website.