Donation in Your Name Scam: How It Works
(with video below) There is no week for us without receiving messages from readers, letting us know about a donation-related scam that’s been going around and having the same traits as an old age scheme.
Since it keeps happening we publish it with all its variations, just so other potential victims can avoid being taken advantage of. The scam comes as an email from someone afar, informing you that there is unclaimed money in a bank somewhere. Your name is listed as the beneficiary. If you received the same kind of emails, feel free to drop scammers’ names in the comments section below to expose them.
This fraudulent email is very similar to the Inheritance/Next-of-kin scam. How does it work?
Watch the video below to see a new twist in the Inheritance Scam, exposed:
The person will tell you that there are some funds in a foreign bank (or safety boxes) for you. The email comes in different variations, so let’s take a look at a few examples, then we will explain how it works.
Variation 1: Philanthropist Giving Money Away
Here is the email we just received from one, calling himself Charles Koch:
Thank you for confirming the validity of your email address and also for accepting this grant. My foundation ( Atlantic Philanthropies ) technically is responsible for awarding grant/donation but I have always wanted to make a personal donation to random individuals in any part of the world and that is why I have decided to give [$1,500,000,00 USD] to you secretly without my foundation being aware.
It gives me great joy for being able to make this donation to you, let’s make the world a better place by giving and solving each other’s problems, all people have the right to opportunity, equity, and dignity.
To facilitate the disbursement process of the funds valued at One Million Five Hundred United States Dollars[$1,500,000 USD] which have been donated solely to you, please send me the below information before proceeding with remitting the sum of One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars [$1,500,000 USD] to you.
I am hoping that you will be able to use the money wisely and judiciously. I ask you to do what you can to alleviate the level of poverty in your region and also try to enhance the standard of living of as many people as you can and see the joy and happiness of giving.
Do make sure you provide me with your complete information below so I can forward you the details of the delivery company that will deliver it to you.
I am trusting you to make good use of this money.
Thank you for accepting this offer, I am indeed grateful. I anticipate your earliest response.”
Variation 2. Abandoned Funds From a Delivery Agent
Here is the email we received not too long ago:
This is to inform you that your cash boxes worth millions of dollars is still in our custody and we are ready to serve you better.
This package was abandoned here by some delivery agent from AFRICA long ago and ever since then we have not heard back from the delivery agent and we decided to contact you directly so that we can DELIVER your package to you and have more space for other packages to be stored.
I am in charge and I shall be waiting to hear back from you so that I can know what to do with the cash boxes.Thank you for your cooperation.
Dr Yandex Ibru
EXPORT AND SHIPPING SUPERVISOR, EXPRESS DELIVERY SERVICES”
Variation 3: Unclaimed Money Collection Form
This one is a bit different, but is part of the same ‘family’ of scams:
Public records indicate that $3,226,519 of unclaimed money has been turned over to the State of California for distribution. Potentially an amount of money from this fund belongs to you. For instructions and your UMC Form (Unclaimed Money Collection Form) return this form along with a $20 check to: Asset Recovery, PO Box….”
Variation 4. Consignment Truck Box With Your Name
Here is the email, badly written in English:
We the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), believe you received the previous message we sent to you, prior to your dealings with the U. S Custom Authority at (JFK) John F. Kennedy International Airport New York as regards to your over-due contract payment consignment trunk box worth $8,000.000.00 (Eight million dollars only), which was endorsed in your favor and like we stated earlier, we have dully screened through this project as stipulated on our protocols of operation and have finally confirmed that your contract payment is 250% genuine and hitch free from all facet and of which you have the lawful right to claim your fund without any further delay.
This is to let you bring to your notice that we have just been informed through a secrete source that the U.S Custom Authority at (JFK) are making arrangement to have your contract fund wired into the Bank account of Mrs Jane Frederick, the lady that contacted them, earlier and presented some documentation evidencing your claim purported to have been signed personally by you for the release of your contract fund to her, since you have chosen to ignore their messages and refuse to pay the required $130.00 for Custom Clearance Certificate C.C.C. charges as imposed, despite of the advice we gave to you.
I want to personally assure you once again that you will have every course to smile and be happy upon conclusion of this project, as we will continue monitoring all your services with them at all level as well as your correspondence, until you have received your Metal Trunk Box accordingly., we are here to protect your interest and that is the reason why we are doing all we can to make sure all goes well, this is a huge amount of money which we don’t wish for you to lose. We understand that the imposed fee might be too much for you to pay so to further make things easier for you, we have discussed with the U.S Custom Authority at (JFK) John F. Kennedy International Airport New York pleaded on your behalf for them to give you the grace of sending half of the charges which will be only $130 for now after which the Diplomatic Agent deliver your consignment trunk box to you then once you receive your fund, you can then pay the remaining balance of $250.
All we want you to do right now is to send half of the money with the name listed below so we can forward it to Fort Wayne Indiana Customs authority to help us obtain the Custom Clearance Certificate C. C.C. and the diplomat will make the delivery to your home address tomorrow morning.
Description of Your Consignment box to be delivered:
Type:……CONSIGNMENT TRUNK BOX
Size:……/ 2:1 CM.
Registration NO: #98952457
HERE IS THE PICTURE OF YOUR TRUNK CONSIGNMENT BOX: Contact us right away and let me know when you will send half of the charges as we discussed with them to enable them to route your fund to you with immediate effect. This is a lifetime opportunity and we will advise you to take advantage of it, before it will become too late to do so.
Receiver’s Data / information: via Western Union Money Gram and Ria Money transfer allow to send it down to the United State of America to obtain the needed papers work to complete the delivery.
Receivers name:::::: Duaine Crumpacker
Address::::;; 11425 minnich road
City:::::::::Fort Wayne Indiana 46816
Question: How LONG
Sender s Name
Also be informed that we came to an agreement with the U.S Custom Authority at (JFK) John F. Kennedy International Airport New York that you will be sending half of the fee, at latest before the end of tomorrow so please we will advise that you send the fee right away because if you fail to do that, then they will have no other choice than to release your fund to Mrs Lisa Robert who is ready to work with them, and that am sure will be a very great loss to you as we will not be able to help you then, hence your fund will be lost forever. This is an official notification and we advise you treat it with utmost urgency, in your best interest. God bless you!
Yours in service Mr ibrahim lamorde,
(EFCC) DIRECTOR, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
Address: 15A, Awolowo Rd, Cotonuew”
Now that you’ve got the idea of how these emails sound like, let’s take a look at how scammers operate. In order to release the funds, they say they need your help. You will be provided with an attorney’s number or somebody who will apparently take care of the whole process in that foreign country and you are supposed to call him, to arrange the details.
To start the process, the lawyer will ask you to pay a few ‘small fees’, say $300. Unfortunately, many victims usually pay knowing that they will get a good chunk of the money/inheritance later on. Of course, that never happens.
How to avoid:
This scam is as old as the Internet. Never fall for a request for help in getting money out of a foreign country. The scammers know that a large proportion of the people they contract through e-mail or Facebook messages are not knowledgeable enough to recognize that this is just a scam.
How to report:
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