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This blog is not frequently updated because most case-by-case scam reports are now listed in subordinate blogs. At this point in time, most of my efforts are targeted at documenting employment scams in the Suckers Wanted blog.


Advance Fee Fraud: Fondation de France

This is really just a variation on the "you won a lottery you didn't enter" scam. Only the cover story is different: you've been given a grant for which you didn't apply. This is typically advance fee fraud: they want money up front for some fee or other before you get to see any of your promised wealth. Sometimes they send a fake cheque or money order. Basically, don't get involved. Note that the FDF is a real organisation -- it's just that these scammers have nothing to do with it.

In addition to the contact address given in this spam, "", a correspondent reports one which uses " ". These are freemail addresses which anyone could register, anywhere, anytime, and they're probably not the only ones in use for this particular scam.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: THE FONDATION DE FRANCE(FDF) <[random address]>
Date: 02-Aug-2007 22:08
To: [redacted]


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 only) each to 100 lucky recipients. These specific Donations/Grants will be awarded to 100 lucky international recipients worldwide, in different categories.

Based on the random selection exercise of internet websites and millions of supermarket cash invoices worldwide, you were selectedamongst the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of US$1,350,000.00 as charity donations/aid. Nevertheless, according to the federal and international law concerning the personal collection of prize winnings, your bonding fees, broker fees, and tarrif fees, have already been deducted from your donation.So congratulations once again.

You would be required to send down the following informations:

FULL NAMES:______________
ADDRESS: _______________
MARITAL STATUS:___________
E-MAIL ADDRESS:____________
TELEPHONE NUMBER:_____________________

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.

Executive Sec. Mr David Tinny

Tick a suitable mode for payment of your funding grant award as listed below:

1.Online Bank Payment
2.Courier Delivery

Do note that these funding grant are strictly administered by the EU, ECOWAS and UNO.

On behalf of the Board kindly accept our warmest congratulations

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Martha C. Edmondson.
(Director of Human Resources )


Anonymous said...

I just got an email from Executive Sec. Mr.Henry Ces Lerroy advising I was a winner - Yeh right - How can I win something I did not enter!!! How can I be vain enough to think that out of the billions of email addies mine was picked!!!

What amazes me with this type of scam is that these scammers actually beleive we are gullible enough to fall for this !!!

OK so you may get a few who are so greedy to think that they can get money for nothing those case ..well I hate to say I won't and leave it to your imagination as to what I would have said...

but the rest of the world ......well we will just ignore these emails - lie back - wait patiently until these scammers get their just desserts and then - Have a good dam laugh &
/ party !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

yep...this is just one of the hundreds through the last few months from different lotteries from the united kingdom and different places saying that i have won millions of dollars...they just don'thave anything else to do with their time...they need to get a normal job...they just cannot scam me...which I am sure they have other people...

Anonymous said...

I have been getting these emails from the UK and today from this Foudation de France (they can't even spell foundation correct). Of course it is the same old thing asking for name, address, phone number, etc. Contact information is provided. In the beginning, I would reply by saying words to the effect of "FUCK YOU; I'M GOING TO REPORT YOU" but that did not prevent more of the same. Finally, I blocked them each time I would receive one. Now, I'm getting ones from France. I would like to know how these disgusting people can be caught and prosecuted. The internet is blind so anybody can do this type of thing and get away with it. We have an FBI that can intercept phone calls for terrorists but we cannot find out who these scam artists are? I'm puzzled by this. We must have the technology to find these scammers. I guess I will just have to block each one again. I feel as though my email is on every one of these scammers lists so every scammer out there has my email.
Oh, well, it's good to know there are so many of you out there that are as enraged as I am!!