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From: "www.ikea.nl" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 05 Jul 2007 18:15:58 -0600
Stichting INGKA Foundation,
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 based in the Netherlands as one
the final recipients of a Cash Grant/Donation for your own
personal,education and business development
The Dutch-registered Stichting INGKA Foundation is named after Kamprad, and
owns INGKA Holding, the parent company for all IKEA stores. The charitable
foundation was reported by the business newspaper, the Economist in May
2006 to be technically the world's wealthiest charity - with an estimated
value of at
least US$36 billion in 2006 (larger than the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation) - but its primary purpose is, by some, believed to be corporate
and anti-takeover protection for IKEA.Kamprad is chairman of the
foundation.Having been rated as the biggest charity foundation in Europe for
2007,the foundation has decided to randomly select email addresses that
would benefit from this year's donation/award.
Stichting INGKA Foundation in conjunction with the United Nations
Organization (UNO) and 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
pursuit,health care,personal Business development and uplift of their
enviroment. These funds are freely given to you to use for your business
and personal development, and at leats 30% to be used by you to develop a
part of your enviroment, 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
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
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
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
lucky recipients to receive the award sum of US$2,000,000.00(Two Million
United States Dollars) as charity donations/aid from the Stichting INGKA
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
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 endeavor to quote your Qualification numbers (NL-212-6288,
EL-300-36) in all discussions.
Mr. Tonny Ivan
Tel:+31 626 423 111
Fax:+31 847 292 019
Please note that this donations/Grants are strictly administered by
"European Union" under delegated powers from the UNO. you are by all means
to keep this whole information confidential until you have been able to
collect your donation, as there have been many cases of double and
due to beneficiaries informing third parties about his/her donation.
Finally, all funds should be claimed by their respective beneficiaries, not
later that 15 days after notification, as failure to do so will be to that
particular beneficiary cancelled and its donation reserved for next years
On behalf of the Board kindly accept our warmest congratulations