"Birgit Rausing and Family" Donation Scam

Online users, be aware of lottery scamming email messages like the one below, which claim that the Birgit Rausing & Family is giving away millions of dollars in humanitarian grant donations. The fake email messages are being sent by online scammers who are attempting to trick their potential victims into sending them money, by claiming they need to do so in order to receive their so-called donations from the Birgit Rausing & Family. Therefore, recipients of the same email messages asked to delete them and not follow the instructions in them. And, remember never send money to receive donations or lottery prizes. This is usually the first sign that someone is attempting to scam you.

Birgit Rausing and Family Donation Scam

Birgit Rausing & Family consist of Birgit Rausing and her 3 children, who inherited packaging giant Tetra Laval after her husband's death in 2000.

The "Birgit Rausing and Family" Donation Scam

Re: Please confirm if you got my email.

Fri 21/04/2017 05:00

From: birgit Rausing

This might come to you as a surprise. Congratulation's you have been selected for our yearly humanitarian grant donation and you will be receiving a donation sum of $3.5Million USD from Birgit Rausing & family.

You can read more about me at: http://www.forbes.com/profile/birgit-rausing/

Our idea of funding individuals to empower and enhance the standard of living around the global has been tested and proven that we can do more by extending our helping hands not only to the less privileged, orphan and charity organizations but also by giving funds to few individuals. The funds remittance process will be a stress free process and you must read carefully and understand the purpose for this grant donation and keep this confidential until you have received your bequest to avoid unwanted guest or any misappropriation.

I do understand if you have got doubts regardaaing this donation scheme, but this can become a reality for you if you believe as donations of these dimensions are extremely rare. We usually do this to help improve the standard of living around the Globe and sometimes we hold seminars to teach people how to effect their surroundings positively and make the World a better place for everyone to live in. So, I urge you to send in your particulars because your applications for claims will be forwarded to our legal department.

Full Name:


Contact number:



Alternative Email:

Send in the above details so that I can forward your information’s over to our Legal Department to proceed with the funds disbursement to you. I have made out this donation to you in good faith to enable you strengthen your personal issues. I will advise you to invest wisely and spend part of your profit on the less privileged, orphan and charity organizations within your locality.

Congratulation once again.


Birgit Rausing & family.

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February 24, 2021 at 10:44 AM by
"Birgit Rausing and Family" Donation Scam
an anonymous user from: Provincia di Siracusa, Lentini, Sicilia, Italy

This was the email sent to me.

Dear Beneficiary,

How are you doing today? Your transaction file was reviewed this morning and we are so surprised that your transaction process with our payout bank is still pending over the year. We have decided to include your name on our covid-19 emergency support program. We want to help you complete your old pending transaction this month, to enable you to receive your donation sum and support the less privileged once in your community in this pandemic year. Kindly take note that you are not expected to spend your own money in this process, so you can get back to me as soon as possible for more directive.

Kind Regards,

Birgit Rausing & Family.


August 2, 2018 at 1:49 AM by
"Birgit Rausing and Family" Donation Scam

Here is another scam:

"From: Sigrid Rausing <sigridrausing@comhem.se>

Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 10:38 AM

Subject: Donation


I am Mrs. Sigrid Rausing, a Swedish business tycoon, investor, and philanthropist. Who distributed approximately 208.3 million Dollars to human rights organizations charity globally, and I also pledged to give away the rest of 25% this year 2018. However, your E-mail which was randomly selected by Google Inc. as an active web user to receive a donation of One Million Dollars as part of Sigrid Rausing charity project. Kindly Confirm ownership of your E-mail by contacting Sigrid Rausing via email for claim.

You can also read more about Sigrid Rausing via the link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigrid_Rausing"


January 2, 2018 at 7:54 AM by
"Birgit Rausing and Family" Donation Scam
an anonymous user from: Ashburn, Virginia, United States

Hello. I recently received this email. I hadn't heard back from them till after the holiday as as if the office was closed. They then gave me a bank address in London to contact with a coded number. Now I received an email from the bank requesting a photocopy of my id. They haven't asked for money yet. I'm leary about giving my I'd for proof of me. Then they will need my bank info which they certainly will not get.

I wish I knew how to find out if this is a scam. Sure seems like one. Lol. Who Gives Away 3.5 Million Dollars THESE days?


July 29, 2018 at 12:48 PM by
"Birgit Rausing and Family" Donation Scam
an anonymous user from: Wroclaw, Woj. Dolnoslaskie, Poland

Did you give away you bank info in the end or not?

I also received this email and I´m really not sure if I can trust this. Sounds too good to be true.


January 7, 2018 at 10:52 PM by
"Birgit Rausing and Family" Donation Scam
an anonymous user from: Houston, Texas, United States

Just a word to the wise! If you actually respond to one of these, more than likely, you will be inundated with many more scam emails. You might as well just create and use an alias account that you can shut off...


January 7, 2018 at 10:48 PM by
"Birgit Rausing and Family" Donation Scam
an anonymous user from: Houston, Texas, United States

I got one, with a bank DBS BANK INDIA: they will tell you the you must open an account and transfer money ($650) into it to cover account setup and fees. I stopped there, but I presume that they simply keep your deposit and then disappear! I could really have invested the money to do what they claimed to want. Tim


December 18, 2017 at 4:45 PM by
"Birgit Rausing and Family" Donation Scam
an anonymous user from: San Fernando, Central Luzon, Philippines

Good thing I trusted my instinct and checked this on google search. I received the exact letter just now on my email regular inbox. It was separated as junk, and the only reason why I opened it. I do not even know how I received such an email. NO ONE gives money like this.

Mr. Price


November 29, 2017 at 4:44 PM by
"Birgit Rausing and Family" Donation Scam
an anonymous user from: Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, United States

I received this today with a picture of her stating it was from forbes magazine. April Nevels

BIRGIT RAUSING <birgitrausing17@hotmail.com>

I know this might come to you as a surprise as you have been selected for our 2017 yearly grant allocation and you will be receiving a grant donation of $3.5Million USD from Birgit Rausing & family. You can read more about me at: http://www.forbes.com/profile/birgit-rausing/ and send your response for more details.

Birgit Rausing & family - Forbes


Birgit Rausing & family; 2013 Billionaires List: Dropoff; Age 92 Source Of Wealth packaging Citizenship Sweden Marital Status Widowed Children 3


Birgit Rausing & Family.


December 7, 2017 at 7:29 AM by
"Birgit Rausing and Family" Donation Scam
an anonymous user from: Taehyon-Dong, Seoul, South Korea

I had the mail from Birgit Rausing & Family @ hotmai.com too...


November 5, 2017 at 7:53 AM by
"Birgit Rausing and Family" Donation Scam

Here is another scam:

"From: Adelaida Martinez

Sent: Saturday, November 4, 2017 1:55 PM

Subject: * Hello

I know this might come to you as a surprise as you have been selected for our 2017 yearly grant allocation and you will be receiving a grant donation of $3.5Million USD from Birgit Rausing & family. You can read more about me at: http://www.forbes.com/profile/birgit-rausing/ and send your response for more details.


Birgit Rausing & Family."


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