Scams operating under the guise of a charity.
#3204 by Chris Martins Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:28 pm
I'm not sure if this belongs in check scams, job scams, or charity scams, because it's a bit of all three.

Potential victims are asked to make a charitable donations through the Guinness Charity Foundation (There is no such organization).

They are provided with fake checks and asked to deposit or cash them. They are then asked to send money via Western Union or MoneyGram to someone else. There may be variations on the exact details of the scam.

Here is the first email you might receive:

From: REVEREND WILTON BOUR <[email protected]
Subject: G.A.O (GF-0021-633 E-667-56)
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 08:01:08 +0000

Guinness Aid
Diageo Ireland
P.O. Box
Co. Kerry
Date: 15

Dear Sir /


This is to notify you that you have been chosen By the Board of trustees of the Guinness Aid Organization 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 Aid Organization was developed in 1989 by the Multi-Million groups, which was conceived with the objective of Human Growth, Educational and Community development. In line with the 30 years anniversary program this year the Guinness Aid Organization in conjunction with the United Nations (UN) and the European union (EU ), 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 previous years.

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 donation sum of $1,671,000.00 (One Million Six hundred and seventy one thousand United states Dollars) as charity donations/aid from the Guinness Aid Organization, (UN) and the (EU) in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament.

Note that your email was selected from either the internet ip address or a Shop's cash invoice around your area in which you might have purchased something from.

Kindly be aware that the Guinness Aid Organization 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 on your contact with the Secretary for documentation and processing of your payment.

Curriculum Vitae (C.V) should contain as follows.

Full Names:
All Contact
Phone number(s):
Fax Number(s):
Marriage status:
Next of kin:
Date of

Facial means of Identification, should contain one of this options, Drivers License or International Passport

You are required to expeditiously Contact the Executive Secretary below
for documentation and processing of your donation, between the hours of
8.00am - 7.30pm on Monday to Sunday.

Executive Secretary- Dr.
Maxwell Joseph Anderson
Email 1: [email protected]
Email 2: [email protected]
Tell : +44-704-576-6172

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.

Please endeavor to quote your G.A.O qualification numbers (GF-0021-633 E-667-56) in all discussions. Please note that this donations/Grants are strictly administered by "Guinness Aid Organization" or
"EU" under delegated powers from 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 redeem, due to beneficiaries informing third parties about his/her donation.

*Finally, all funds should be redeemed by their respective beneficiaries,
not later than One month after notification, failure to do so, implies that the beneficiary has been cancelled, and his/her donation reserved for next 2008 edition.

On behalf of the G.A.O Board, kindly accept our warmest congratulations.

P. Ian (REV)
Manager/ Notification Department

This letter and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager

This (or something similar) is the email you will receive once you get started:

Payment Procecessing Unit Of Guinness Charity
[email protected]
To: [your email address here]
Subject: Massage from Payment Office of the Guinness Charity Foundation
(Payment Note)
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 07:42:53 +0000

Guinness Charity/Foundation
Diageo IrelandP.O. Box 1759KillorglinCo. KerryIreland(PAYMENT/PROCESSING OFFICE, EXT-LONDON, UK.)Sub: Payment NoteDate: 28 Nov 2007Attn, Recipient with payment Code number: (GF-222-675, E-900-56). On Behalf of the Screening Committee of Guinness Charity Foundation, We wish to inform you that your parcel has been handed over to Diamond Courier Service for delivery. We do believe that your donation funds will be put into good use for community development.

Parcel Content: Your donation cashiers cheque, copy of your donation certificate together with a covering document (Money Laundering protection), from the British government stating that your funds are obtained legally through the 2007 edition of Guinness Charity Foundation, also added is an instruction manual/booklet. This booklet will teach you on how to cash/withdraw your cheque and how to spend your donation funds wisely.

You will be invited next year to the Guinness Charity Foundation 2008 edition to present analysis on how positive this donation program has been to you and your community, which is the sole aim of this program.

Contact the cargo Express Company with the following details below, in other to place your delivery order with the cargo express Company.Company Name: Diamond Courier Service (DCS) Department: International private security delivery department (IPSDD)
Fax: +44-703-192-7075Tell: +44-870-490-9614
Address: Unit 11c Brookfield Industrial Park Lincoln Road Peterborough Cambridgeshire PE4 6LA United Kingdom Web site: www.d-c-s-online.comCompany Email: [email protected] Secondary Email: [email protected] Email address: [email protected]

Congratulations from this Office.

Best Regards,Management

All of the domains and websites listed in the email are dead. They either never existed, or someone shut them down. Email can still disguise itself to be from those domains however using spoofing or aliasing techniques.

They will waste no time in asking you deposit a fake check and send a payment off using Western Union:

From: "a[email protected]" <[email protected]>
To: [your email address here]
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 11:25:45 -0500
Subject: re Mail

Unit 11c
Brookfield Industrial Park
Lincoln Road
Cambridge shire
PE4 6LA.
United Kingdom
Fax: +44-703-192-7075
Tell: +44-870-490-9614
Company Email: [email protected]
Service Email: [email protected]
Web site:
Concern Jeo
Thank you for contacting the account department of Diamond Courier Services.
We do acknowledge your mail. We understand that we should not call you, but
while delivery is on transit, on getting to your destination we will need to
call you to confirm if you are currently at the provided destination
As for the western Union Money Transfer, kindly visit any western Union
outlet close to you. Use the below given information.
Receiver Name: Mrs. Tracy Owen
Location country: United Kingdom
Receiver phone number: +44-703-192-7075

Receiver Address: Unit 11c, Brookfield Industrial Park, Lincoln Road
Peterborough, Cambridge shire, PE4 6LA. United Kingdom.
Do acknowledge the receipt of this mail.
Best Regards
Josephine Patterson
Account Department
Diamond Courier Service

Fax: +44-703-192-7075
Tell: +44-870-490-9614
Email: [email protected] Web site:

this e-mail is intended only for the above addressee. It may contain
privileged information. If you are not the addressee you must not copy,
distribute, disclose or use any of the information in it. If you have
received it in error please delete it and immediately notify the sender.
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I can find references to legitimate companies called Diamond Courier Services, but you can be sure, these criminals have no relationship to any legitimate companies.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." -Edmund Burke

#131982 by NY2010resident Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:42 am
This Tracy Owen is also trying the <fake> check scam via rentals. This scammer has also been reported on other websites. ... slist.html
She calls herself Tracy Owen, gives 447035907855 as her contact number and the email id is
[email protected]

The reply goes to : [email protected]
FROM:Tracy < [email protected]>
TO: xxx
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Hello.. I need to secure your room you posted here asap. Pls let me know if it is still available? Thanks

The reply goes to : [email protected]
FROM: Tracyowen <[email protected]>
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Hello i need a room or apt to share with someone. Pls let me know if the one advertised here is still available.

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