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ALERT: Online scams relating to Andrew Forrest or Minderoo Foundation

Minderoo Foundation has become aware of online scams targeted at both philanthropic donors and recipients.

A certain number of these scams consist of targeted emails and Facebook messages from fraudulent addresses, offering donations from or partnerships with the Minderoo Foundation, or asking for contributions for philanthropic work. The scam emails may request the recipient to provide their personal details or transfer money.

These emails and their authors are in no way connected with Minderoo Foundation or its chairman Andrew Forrest. Minderoo does not offer unsolicited donations and would never ask for personal details or funding in an email.

Minderoo Foundation has reported the scam to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN). If you receive one of these emails you can report it to ACORN, who may be able to advise you on how to deal with the email.

Scamwatch (phone 1300 795 995 or visit may also be able to provide you with further information or assistance.