Red Alert – Gina Rinehart doesn’t want your money!

This is not the first time Gina Rinehart has been the victim of scam emails. Photo: Bohdan WarchomijIf you have received an email from Australian billionairess Gina Rinehart, seeking help depositing funds for charitable purposes, you might be surprised to know that its origins might be closer to Nigeria than Mrs Rinehart’s mansion in Perth’s wealthy enclave, Dalkeith.

Mrs Rinehart’s company, Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd (HPPL), has warned that it has been made aware of several scam emails purporting to be from Mrs Rinehart “seeking assistance with the depositing of funds from an alleged charity or humanitarian purposes.”

It said “the message is not from Mrs Rinehart who is in no way associated with the scam charity or the scam scheme. The scam is designed to fraudulently induce you to transfer money to persons associated with the scam.”

Mrs Rinehart has been legitimately involved with several charitable causes, including a million dollar donation to a charity assisting the victims of abuse in Cambodia and late last year she pledged $175 million to develop a state-of-the-art health facility in Darwin.

HPPL also recently signed on as the main sponsor of Swimming Australia.

But it is not the first time she has been the victim of scam emails.

In December 2012, a grammatically challenged email, purporting to be from Mrs Rinehart, was sent out representing another charitable cause.

“I am writing this mail to you with heavy sorrow in my heart,” said a report citing one version of the email.

“I am a 58-year-old widow with a weight problem, a persecution complex and I am contacting you because I don’t have any other option than to tell you as I know I won’t survive for long,” the email read.

“I was touched to open up to you about my project is worth ($200,000,000) Two Hundred Million Dollars which I intend to use for CHARITY.”

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