Beware, this is a very long mail. Though it did not state exactly that it is a lottery scam, the nature is similar to a lottery because:
“Based on the random selection exercise of internet websites and millions of Super market cash invoices worldwide you were selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of US$1,671,000.00 (One Million Six hundred and seventy one thousand United states Dollars) as charity donations/aid from the Guinness Foundation / Charity”
Whether you get it as charity donations, aid, lucky draw, etc etc, it is still promises of free money. And who is more deserving of US$1.6million – you (who can afford internet access) or some unlucky soul who really needs charity cash?
btw, we think that it isn’t a great idea to use “Guinness.com” in a charity scam… they are only “committed to responsible drinking “. So we would expect to get more *hic* *hic* than free money. Time for a drink.
From: “Rev. Wilton Bour” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: G-code Qualification Number (GF-222-675, E-900-56)
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2007 04:37:48 +0000
Guinness Foundation / Charity
P.O. Box 1759
Date:05 July 2007
Dear Sir / Madam,
NOTIFICATION FOR CASH AID
This is to notify you that you have been chosen By the Board of
trustees of the Guinness Foundation / Charity based in the Ireland as one of the final
recipients of a Cash Grant/Donation for your own personal, education and
business development, Guinness Company as established 1759, and
Guinness Foundation / Charity was developed in 1989 by the Multi-Million groups was
conceived with the objective of Human Growth, Educational and Community
development. In line with the 30 years anniversary program this year the
Guinness Foundation / Charity in conjunction with the Economic community for West
African States (ECOWAS) , European union (EU) and the United Nations
(UN), is giving out a yearly donation of Five Hundred Million.
United States Dollars as specific Donations/Grants to 150 lucky
international recipients worldwide in different categories for their personal
Business development and uplift of their environment. These funds are
freely given to you to use for your business educational and personal
development, and at least 30% to be used by you to develop a part of your
environment, as this is a yearly program, which is a measure of
universal development strategy, and eradication of poverty. Please kindly note
that you are not the only beneficiary in your country this year, and
your country is not the only country that is benefiting from this
donation, as beneficiaries have been chosen from countries from all
continents. The idea of this donation is that within ten years from now, there
will be notable richness among many unusual people around the world. This
will give many people the opportunity to get their lives to a stage
where they had always wanted. Kindly note that you will only be chosen to
receive the donation once, which means that subsequent yearly donation
will not get to you again, so its your choice to spend the donation
wisely on something that will last you a long time. And please do not
bother following up this email, if you have benefited from this donation in
Based on the random selection exercise of internet websites and
millions of Super market cash invoices worldwide you were selected among the
lucky recipients to receive the award sum of US$1,671,000.00 (One
Million Six hundred and seventy one thousand United states Dollars) as
charity donations/aid from the Guinness Foundation / Charity, ECOWAS, (EU) and the UN
in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament. (note that your email
was selected from either the internet, after absolute viewing of your
profile or a Shop’s cash invoice around your area in which you might
have purchased something from).
Kindly be aware that the Guinness Foundation / Charity Board of trustees do not
know you in person or your curriculum Vitae (C.V), you are therefore
required to send your C.V along with your Facial means of Identification by
way (Land, Sea Or air) on your contact with the Secretary for documentation
and processing of your claims.
Curriculum Vitae (C.V) should contain as follows.
All Contact Address:
Next of kin:
Date of birth:
Facial means of Identification by way, should contain one of this
Drivers License or International Passport:
You are required to expeditiously Contact the Executive Secretary below
for documentation and processing of your claims, between the hours of
8.00am – 7.30pm on Monday to Sunday.
Executive Secretary- Dr. Maxwell Anderson
Email (1): email@example.com
Note: On your contact with the Executive Secretary with your curriculum
Vitae (C.V) and Facial means of Identification , you are to request
from him, his facial means of Identification on your own part, to verify
that you are dealing with the Executive Secretary as advised. Also you
are to quote your G-code Qualification Number (GF-222-675, E-900-56) to
the redeem manager on your contacting him.
On verification of your G-code Qualification Number from the
Secretary’s office, you’ll be given your donation pin number which you will use
in collecting the funds and also will be assigned to the Payment Unit of
the ECOWAS or the EU. You are to contact back this department, when you
have collected your$1,671,000.00 Please endeavour to quote your
qualification numbers (GF-222-675, E-900-56) in all discussions.
Please note that this donations/Grants are strictly administered by “ECOWAS” or
“EU” under delegated powers from the Guinness Foundation / Charity and the UN.
You are by all means hereby advised to keep this whole information confidential
until you have been able to collect your donation, as there have been many
cases of double and unqualified claim, due to beneficiaries informing third
parties about his/her donation.
*Finally, all funds should be claimed by their respective beneficiaries,
not later that 20 days after notification, failure to do so, implies that the
beneficiary has been cancelled, and his/her donation reserved
for next years recipients.
On behalf of the Board kindly accept our warmest congratulations
Rev Wilton Bour
G. Manager (Notification Department)