Beware of "Jeffrey Skoll Charity Donation" Scam

Beware of "Jeffrey Skoll Charity Donation" Scam

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Mr. Jeffrey Skoll is not sending out random email messages to people around the world offering to donate money to them. Therefore, recipients of the email messages like the one below are actually being sent by online scammers, and not by the billionaire. The lottery scammers randomly send out fake donation email messages hoping some naive recipients will respond to them. If they get the responses, the scammers will respond telling the recipients they need to send personal information in order to start the process of receiving their so-called donations.

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A Sample of the "Jeffrey Skoll Charity Donation" Scam

From: Jeffrey Skoll <sskolljeff@shaw.ca>

Date: Sun, Sep 3, 2017 at 12:25 PM

Subject: Charity Donation


My name is Jeffrey Stuart Skoll, OC. I'm the founder of one of the largest private foundations in the world. I'm on a mission to give it all away as I believe in ‘giving while living.’ I always had the idea that never changed in my mind — that wealth should be used to help each other which has made me decide to donate to you. Kindly acknowledge this message and I will get back to you with more details.

Visit the web page to know more about me: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/meet-the-canadian-billionaire-whos-giving-it-all-away/article4209888/


Jeffrey Skoll, OC.

If the recipients send their information, the scammers will use it or sell it to other scammers. The same scammers or others will use the information to contact the recipients and ask them to send money in order to receive their so-called donations. But, if the recipients send their money, the scammers will take it and disappear, leaving the victims broke and depressed.

Jeffrey Skoll is a Canadian billionaire who built his fortune as eBay's first full-time hire and president in 1995. Although Mr. Skoll said he will be giving away his wealth to charity like Mr. Bill Gates and Mr. Buffett, he would not send out random emails to his recipients. And, he would never request personal information via email messages or ask his recipients to send money in order to claim their so-called donations.

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers in email samples on this website may have been impersonated.

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  • Apr 15, 2019 at 1:08 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Jenneke Olson <Jenneke0lson@hotmail.com>
    Sent: Friday, April 12, 2019 11:24:55 PM
    Cc: juliavisser123@gmail.com
    Subject: Re: Email

    Dear Recipient,

    Management of the Skoll Foundation wish to duly notify you that you have been short-listed/adjudge by the Board of Trustees as One of the final recipients of gross sum of $2,000.000.00 Grant/Donation to you for fostering cultural understanding “empower women “and "provide vital disaster relief" and your personal and business development in your society. We do not want you to be bothered as to why you have been contacted for this and its genuineness, as We have done so from a pure motive. We would want you to get an insight of Mr Jeffrey Skoll, The Founder and Chairman of Skoll Foundation,

    You can read more about him here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Skoll

    Jeffrey Skoll - Wikipedia
    Jeffrey Stuart Skoll, OC (born January 16, 1965) is a Canadian engineer, internet entrepreneur and film producer.He was the first employee and subsequently first president of eBay, eventually using the wealth this gave him to become a philanthropist, particularly through the Skoll Foundation, and his media company Participant Media.He founded an investment firm, Capricorn Investment Group ...

    His intention regarding this donation is to be of immense blessing to people. This grant is done once in every year, He has decided to give out the total sum of $50 Million to 25 individuals.

    His Net-Worth is over 4.2 Billion Dollars This you can also read on forbes: https://www.forbes.com/profile/jeff-skoll/

    These specific Donations/Grants were awarded to shortlisted/adjusted international recipients worldwide; in different categories for their personal business Development. Furthermore, the objective is to make a notable change in the standard of living of People all around the Universe and the grant/donation was carried out by based on the random selection exercise of Internet websites and Millions of supermarket cash invoices worldwide, you were selected among the short-listed/adjusted international recipients to receive the award sum of $2,000.000.00 as Charity donations/aid from the Skoll Foundation and his Private Bank in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament.(Note that all Beneficiaries email addresses were selected randomly from over 100,000 Internet websites (Church's, Schools, Hospitals and other organizations) or a shop’s cash invoice around your area in which you might have purchased something from).

    Each Recipients will receive up to $ 2,000,000 from the ceded amount of $50 M.If you know you will be able to handle what it will take to get this donation funds, Kindly respond and confirm readiness to participate by formally introducing yourself in details,

    Cellphone or Telephone:

    We await for your details to do further. Stay bless.

    Warmest congratulations!!!

    Best Regards,
    Jenneke Olson (Program Coordinator).
    Skoll Foundation."


    • Apr 18, 2019 at 5:23 PM by an anonymous user from Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa

      I actually received the exact same email. I responded to them and their follow-up email said:

      "Congratulations to you and your Family once again on behalf of the Skoll Foundation. I wish to inform you that you have passed the verification and screening exercise. We decided to donate this funds to you with no expectation from you, the aim of this donation to you, is to help alleviate poverty and reduce the level of unemployment in the world through you. Everyone is gifted in his or her own way, we believe you know what to do with this funds that has been offered to you, in your own way try and reach out to the world and see if you can be able to help at least one soul if it is not too much to ask. We would advise that you invest into something that one or two persons can think about you and smile, been good is not to help everybody in the world, but it been able to share the little you have with others. We hope it will be put to good use for community, educational or business development Purpose for others to also benefit . We want your assurance that it will be put to good use the for people around you to benefit.

      This is to acknowledge the receipt of your Claims Processing Form received. You should count yourself extremely lucky to have emerged as one of the receivers in the ongoing Skoll Foundation Donation by Jeffrey Stuart Skoll of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. On behalf of Skoll Foundation, we wish to formally announce to you that you have successfully passed the screening and Verification test and clarification exercise from our payment Office organized by the screening committee of Skoll Foundation. You are required to send your name, address and File trace number (SKF120812) to the bank as prove of claim. Below is the bank's contact information, ensure to contact the payout bank for your donation claims with below contact information.

      Details of the Bank.
      • Bank Name: Hills Offshore Finance Home.
      • Department: Treasures & Security Deposit Bureau
      • Contact Person: Martins Hester (Group risk and finance director)
      • Contact Email: caredesk@pacbell.net

      For quicker response contact (caredesk@pacbell.net). Please note that the agreement signed with the payout bank (Hills Offshore Finance Home) states that any beneficiary authorized to receive the Skoll Foundation donation will have to complete the process through the use of the Hills Offshore Finance Home telegraphic transfer (Bank to Bank wire transfer) system and he/she will have to open an online account with them. Upon your contact with the payout bank, you are required to open an online account where your donation will be wire-transferred into as soon as you open your online account with the payout bank. Also note that because of the agreement signed with the bank they will not be able to issue out a cashier's check to you, there is nothing to worry about as this is in your favor, because you can transfer the funds from your online account directly to your local account yourself directly from your home computer, in this regards We placed an insurance policy bond on the donated funds, the bank cannot deducted/temper with your funds until it is transferred in full to the online account you are to open with the bank.

      Always keep us informed on your correspondence with the payout bank so we will know the level of compliance with them. God bless you and your entire household as you in turn be a blessing to the people around you.

      Best Regards,
      Jenneke Olson (Program Coordinator).
      Skoll Foundation."

      Am I really being scammed here?


      • Apr 18, 2019 at 11:44 PM by info

        Yes, someone is attempting to scam you.


  • Dec 3, 2018 at 2:42 PM by an anonymous user from Houston, Texas, United States

    Is this fake?

    "A donation of $3.7M USD was made to you by SKOLL FOUNDATION. Contact (skollfoundation@aol.com <mailto:skollfoundation@aol.com> ) for more info.

    Patrice Berger"


    • Dec 3, 2018 at 2:47 PM by info

      Yes, it is fake.


  • Nov 6, 2017 at 9:41 AM by an anonymous user from Huntsville, Alabama, United States

    I received the exact message as the one posted above. There was also a link which elaborated how Mr. Skoll was, indeed, giving away his fortune. None of the examples of his giving were to individuals, only organizations. Beware, indeed.


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