Many Saint Louis Residents have been reporting being victimized to several online scams related to: Fake Grants * Scholarships. Have you heard the phrase, “You have to play it to win it.” Thus, you must pay for your lottery ticket in order to win on it. Well, it retrospect, if you are sitting at home, bored out of your mind and receive an email tell you that you just won $$$ out of the kindness of another’s heart, you might want to ask yourself if you remembered entering the contest or registering for the lottery game? If not, then of course, it is highly likely that it is indeed a scam – especially if they require some sort of money in advance from you the alleged winner, in order to complete the process.
They want your money on way or another:
These scam/con artists will generally ask for money from their victims in a second or third letter/email. Legitmant lottery officials will never ask for any money from the alleged winner. As a rule of thumb, there wlll be no bank fees, s/h costs, insurance fees, or COD (cash on deposit). Typically, banks and credit unions will take an average of a 7-10 days to process cleared checks, which makes it easy for forged accounts to be influenced documentation for their intended victims. Then, the victim receives a check in the mail for $50. upwards of $10,000; at which point, the victim deposits the check in good faith. Nonetheless, the check will likely be returned for NSF, and the consequently, the perpetrators will be granted access to their victim’s checking account. By the time it bounces, the scammer has cleaned out their victim’s bank accout, skipped town, and changed their contact information. They are likely residing in Nigeria or JaKarta.
The following is a list of victiim attacked scams and their perpetrators. Note: Typically the following information will be in poor grammar, broken English, and non USA related email contacts.
- US Government Grants – firstname.lastname@example.org, Steve Wilson, (605) 884-xxxx
- Association Of Charity Foundations – email@example.com – David Lukamn
- Chevron Texaco Oil and Gas Company – Chevron Online Endowment Fund Award (COEFA)
Anthony Abbott, London
- Contact Grant People or My Grant Outlet- www.contactgrantpeople.com or www.mygrantoutlet.com, Malibu, CA
- Eco Bank, Mr. Sanni Abbas,I WORK WITH ECO BANK PLC
- Église Catholique en France– ECOWAS, “Rev.Santini Benzima”, “Rev. Silvian Dechamps”
- ECOWAS – Foundazion di Vittorio
- EU Humanitarian Grant – Special EU Programmes Body, European Union House
- The Fondation De France(FDF) – ECOWAS – “Mrs. Christie Cisse”, “Mr. Benoit Cacapa”
- Fondazione Italcementi – Mrs. Prisca Vianelli, Mr. Adolfo Rigno
- Fondazion Di Vittorio- ECOWAS – Mr Sparo Malcom, Ricardo Varanini
- Fondazion Di Vittorio- ECOWAS – Mr Sparo Malcom, “Fabio Giovanni”
- Fondazione Zegna, Romola Loesche [firstname.lastname@example.org],Mr. Abbiati Perino, Italy
- The Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation, – www.queenelzabeth-foundation.co.uk, Mr Jacob Kauffman, London (or Hong Kong?)
- The Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation– www.queenelzabeth.co.uk, Mr. James Moore, in London (Zimbabwe or Hong Kong?)
- The Russian Foundation for Basic Research – www.rfbr.ru, Mr.Vikki Malcom, Barr.Brian Millavic, Russia
- Shell Foundation- ECOWAS – Joanne Chandler, Mr. Ed Wolferso
- UNITED NATION ORGANISATION, MR MICHAEL LOWE, London
Do not be fooled!!