Another Grant Scam Email
Monday, December 3, 2007
In another article, I discussed a scam email that purported to be a grant offer from the Freemasons in the UK. This grant tactic is one that is increasingly be used by scammers. The messages claim that the "lucky" recipient has been awarded a large cash grant or donation to be used as they see fit. They usually name a real organization that does offer grants or donations to make the bogus "offer" seem more legitimate.
Of course, there is no grant and the supposed grant offers do not originate from the organizations named in the messages. Those who fall for this ruse and reply may be tricked into sending money and sensitive personal information to the scammers, ostensibly to allow the non-existent "grant" to be processed. All money sent will be pocketed by the scammers and the personal information may be used to steal the victim's identity.
Be very cautious of any message that claims that you have been awarded a grant that you never even applied for. Legitimate organizations DO NOT award grants out of the blue to individuals for their own personal use.
The version of the scam included below claims that the recipient has been awarded a grant of $1,350,000.00 from Fondation De France(FDF):
Subject: FDF GRANT AWARD
THE FOUNDATION DE FRANCE(FDF)
The Fondation De France(FDF) would like to notify you that you have been chosen by the board of trustees as one of the final recipients of a cash Grant/Donation for your own personal, educational, and business development.
The FDF, established 1977 by the Multi-Million groups and now supported by the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS), United Nations Organization (UNO) and the European Union (EU) was conceived with the objective of human growth, educational, and community development.
In conjunction with the ECOWAS, UNO and the EU, We are giving out a yearly donation of US$1,350,000.00 (One Million, Three Hundred And Fifty Thousand United States Dollars)each to 100 lucky recipients.These specific Donations/Grants will be awarded to 100 lucky international recipients worldwide; in different categories for their personal business development and enhancement of their educational plans. This is a yearly program, which is a measure of universal development strategy.
You are required to contact the Executive Secretary below, for qualification documentation and processing of your claims. After contacting our office,you will be given your donation pin number, which you will use in collecting the funds. Please endeavor to quote your Qualification numbers (FDF-444-6647-9163)in all discussions. You are also required to contact the executive sec. with the following requirements
1. Full names:
2. Residential address:
3. Phone number:
4. Fax number:
9. Present Country:
10.Next of kin name/address
Executive Sec. Mr. Arthur Dion
You are by all means hereby advised to keep this whole information confidential until you have been able to collect your donation, as there have been many cases of double and unqualified claim, due to beneficiaries informing third parties about his/her donation.
Mrs. Maria Riccardo
posted by Brett Christensen @ 10:57 AM,
- At February 20, 2008 2:56 AM, amf1038 said...
I just received a similar email from firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, this email address has brought you an unexpected luck, please
read through this message. Your e-mail address was selected and
confirmedby our co- sponsor Microsoft International, through their latest
software. You have therefore been approved by MasterCard Int.
MicrosoftUK toclaim the sum of 6,600,000.00 (SIX MILLION, SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND
$11,064,000 USD. (Eleven Million, sixty four thousand US Dollars). In
cash, Credited to a valid cashier's check, With winning Reg. No. MCIMJ:
5148/4178. Be informed that your prize had been insured and ready for
payout.All the 08 winners were selected through the Microsoft computer ballot
(MCBS) drawn from each continent and from each ISP, by the most
Software Incorporation, as part of our International "E-MAIL"Promotions
Program, to promote the use of MasterCard?? and the use of Microsoft
over the World. Further more, to promote the use of E-mails and cards
for online payments.Send the claims requirements to your claims administrator.
further instructions/information see the email address below.
1. Full Name:
4. Age: Date of Birth:
7. state of Origin:
MasterCard / Microsoft Claims Administrator
Name: Mr. Diamond Wells
MODE OF PAYMENT
funds to be transferred to you:
(1) Bank To Bank Wire Transfer....................
(2)Courier Mode Of Dispatch..........................