Email purporting to be from Prince Harry of Wales asks you to click a link to donate money to a children’s charity that the Prince is supposedly supporting.
Not surprisingly, the email is not from Prince Harry. Instead, it is a scam designed to trick you into sending money to criminals in the mistaken belief that you are donating to a children’s charity.
Subject: Attention.My Name is Prince Harry of Wales, KCVO, commonly known as Prince Harry, is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Princess Diana. I was born on 15 September 1984. I was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Windsor Castle on 21 December 1984.I am very happy to choose you as my friend’ my friend don’t choose me, Tell me about your relationship with God?? What do you believe spiritually? (as far as what it takes to get to heaven). And i would like to choose my patron all over the world who will help me look after the charity home’s, because i am not a free man, always busy with some other charity home, all over the world.I want to also use this time to choose some of my loyal member’s who i can trust with me at all time. I need someone that will always stand by the truth and someone that i will take alone with me to other Charity home’s all over the world to see that we reach the life’s of the Poor and the Homeless kids this year.
My dear friend i want you to prove your honesty to me by Donating to does kids out there.One of the charity home called me recently asking for my help in building them School which i have on going project, i would like to put all my fans to join hands with me for the growth.
Here is the Email of the Charity Home which have not come up to standard, that i would like you as my friend to join hands with me in building then a School Contact the Director via [email address removed] and ask him on how you could Donate to the growth of the Charity Home.
[Link to fake charity website removed]
Prince Harry of Wales.
Some scam attempts are so ludicrous and so poorly implemented that they are almost laughable. This example fits firmly into that category.
The scam email purports to be from no less a personage than Britain’s Prince Harry himself, younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Princess Diana. In the convoluted and grammatically challenged message, the good Prince asks you to donate to a children’s charity he is promoting by clicking a link to visit the charity’s website. Perhaps the Prince’s Eaton education deserted him in the excitement of launching his charitable campaign?
Of course, in reality, the Prince did not pen the piece and neither he nor any other Royal Personage sent it to you. Instead, the email is just a rather inept attempt to trick you into sending your money to criminals.
If you click the link, you will be taken to a very amateurish website that is hosted via a free account on web hosting company Wix. The site contains various snippets of information that supposedly describe what the charity does and where it operates.
Visitors are encouraged to click the “Donate” button. Those who do click are taken to a page that asks them to send their donations as cash via Western Union directly to the specified “Charity Director”. Of course, no legitimate charity website is ever likely to ask patrons to send donations via a money transfer service such as Western Union.
As noted, this scam attempt is so poorly executed that it is rather funny. But, a decidedly less funny aspect of the scam is that the criminals have stolen text and images from the websites of several perfectly legitimate African based children’s charities. This could potentially damage the reputations of these legitimate charities and interfere with their fund-raising campaigns.
When donating, always ensure that you are donating securely via a legitimate charity.
And, keep in mind that, while members of the Royal Family may well act as patrons for various charitable organisations, they are exceptionally unlikely to send you a personal email asking for your help directly.
Last updated: January 17, 2017
First published: January 17, 2017
By Brett M. Christensen
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!