Scam Money Transfers -
Example - Association Of Charity Foundations
David Lukamn, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Here's a variation on the basic scam money transfer email. You did or will receive a a check in the mail from "Association Of Charity Foundations", possibly using a name "David Lukamn", of which you are supposed to return 10% to them (at this point you should be asking yourself, why they didn't just keep the 10%!)
Did the email say:
This is to notify you that you have been chosen By the Board of trustees of the above International charity organization branched in the Netherlands as one of the final recipients of a Cash Grant/Donation for your own personal, education and business development.
The alleged organization, "Association Of Charity Foundations" could exist and may be legitimate. That is irrelevant. Don't let the familiar name fool you. The scammer has nothing to do with them; the email and the grant are all nonsense. No organizations randomly hands out money like this!
If you need more tangible proof, ask yourself this: why would an substantial organization with a website ask you to reply to a yahoo (or hotmail or other) generic, free email address, unrelated to the organization, which ANYONE could get?
In the specific case below (Association Of Charity Foundations) there are quite a number of inconsistencies that add up to "scam" to us. See the email below and a review of the available facts following it.
And if you were crazy enough to write back to them, click here to a typical response the scammers send.
Sample actual scam letter from "Association Of Charity Foundations":
David Lukamn <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Association Of Charity Foundations,
Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
NOTIFICATION FOR CASH AID.
This is to notify you that you have been chosen By the Board of trustees
of the above International charity organization branched in the
Netherlands as one of the final recipients of a Cash Grant/Donation for
your own personal, education and business development.
The international registered Foundation is named after over 5 top company
owners put together. The charitable foundation was reported by the
business newspaper, the Economist between the year 2000-2008 to be
technically one of the world's wealthiest charity foundation- worth
billions of US$ - but its primary purpose is BRINGING INNOVATIONS IN
HEALTH AND LEARNING TO THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY. George Soros is chairman of
the foundation/association. Having been rated as the founder and chairman
of a network of foundations, the foundation has decided to randomly select
email addresses that would benefit from this year's donation/award.
Association Of Charity Foundations in conjunction with the European Union
is giving out a yearly donation of One Hundred Million United States
Dollars as specific Donations/Grants to 50 lucky international recipients
worldwide in different categories for their educational pursuit, health
care, personal Business development and uplift of their environments.
These funds are freely given to you for your business, educational and
personal development and at least 30% to be used by you to develop a part
of your environments, 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
The idea of this donation is that within ten years from now, there will be
notable richness amongst 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 it's 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 previous years.
Based on the random selection exercise of internet service providers (ISP)
and millions of Super market cash invoices worldwide, you were selected
among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of US$5,000,000.00
(Five Million United States Dollars) as charity donations/aid from the
Association Of Charity Foundations and the UNO in accordance with the
enabling act of Parliament. Note that, your email was selected from either
the internet, or a Shop's cash invoice around your area in which you might
have purchased something from.
You are required to expeditiously Contact the Executive Secretary below
for qualification documentation and processing of your claims, from Monday
On contact with this officer, you'll be given your donation pin number
which you will use in collecting the funds.
Please endeavour to quote your Qualification numbers (H-021-637, P-91-56)
in all discussions.
Name: DAVID LUKMAN
Tel: +31 647285113
Please note that this donation/Grant is strictly administered by "European
Union" under delegated powers from the UNO. You are 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
Finally, all funds should be claimed by their respective beneficiaries,
not later that 7 days after notification, as failure will lead to
cancellation and your donation will be reserved for next year's
On behalf of the Board kindly accept our warmest congratulations
This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager. Please note that any views or opinions presented in this email are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the company. Finally, the recipient should check this email and any attachments for the presence of viruses. The company accepts no liability for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by this email.
University of San Carlos, P del Rosario Street, Cebu City, Philippines, www.usc.edu.ph
And please let us know about any suspicious calls or emails you receive. We look for patterns so that we can alert the authorities and victims to new scams, before it is too late!