Beware of the “Robertson Foundation Grant” scam

Reported in detail by Lin Edwards

The scammers are still active – this morning’s email included this:

From: Steve Ballard <>
To: Steve Ballard <>

Subject: RE: Robertson Foundation development grant

You have been short-listed for the Robertson Foundation development grant. Please contact EMAIL: for more information 

I have reported the return address ( – roadrunner redirects to Time Warner – as a fraudulent address, but I’m surprised it hasn’t been shut down before this. Perhaps TW doesn’t care. The only thing you can do to protect yourself is delete suspicious emails like this at once, or if you do investigate, remember:

  • NEVER pay money to collect a prize
  • NEVER give out financial details over the telephone or internet unless you are dealing with a verified organization
  • NEVER pay money go obtain a grant.

There are so many bott0m-feeders out there, and vigilance is your only protection.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

35 responses to “Beware of the “Robertson Foundation Grant” scam

  1. I got an email from the same scam. The red Flags went up with the UK office, and stating for me not to tell anyone. But when they approved me in 8 hours and sent my approval on Saturday morning, that was enough. I started looking into this, and I’m convinced it’s a scam.

  2. I received the same email which advised me that I have been short-listed for a grant, but to my surprise, I never applied for Robertson grant before, then i decided to find more then i come to this web, tnx for the heads up Wolf…

    • Scammers often have their email accounts cancelled, or change them regularly to try to hide their tracks. It’s also possible that the same scam is being run simultaneously by different scumbags. Thanks for your comment.

  3. From: “Robertson Foundation”
    Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 11:07 AM
    To: “undisclosed-recipients:”
    Subject: Robertson Foundation

    You have been short-listed for the Robertson Foundation development
    grant. Contact this email: for more information.

    I just received the above message.
    Please forward this to the appropriate Police Authorities.
    Atilla Levay
    Hungary 2072, Zsambek

  4. Received: from ([]:5052)
    by with esmtp (Exim 4.82)
    (envelope-from )
    id 1XSOCe-001R97-JU
    for xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:35:45 -0500
    Subject: CONTACT US ASAP
    User-Agent: Paleol Webmail/0.8.2

    You have been short-listed for the Robertson Foundation development
    grant. Contact this email: for more

  5. At least this scam had the positive result of making people research the name “robertson foundation” and learning something (+ in my case some humility and a good laugh). Not all scam do.
    I fell for it, as i am in position to receive several mail send to a team i am not really in, but my ex collegues told me.

  6. Hi there, my name is Andrea Masi and I’m the president of a very small non profit cultural association operating in Sicily. Guess what?!? I received the same e-mail with the same e-mail address ( ) saying I’ve been shortlisted for a grant. We do need money and we do have plenty of crooks here and we surely don’t need other “wise guys” trying to fool us.
    I just hope they get caught and pay for what they are doing.

    • Salve Andrea, grazie per il Suo commentario. La triste verità: la giustizia dell’uomo non è sempre giusto, ma questi stronzi non sfuggiranno mai alla giustizia dell’Eterno. Nel frattempo facciamo ciò che possiamo noi per proteggere i nostri ed anche il pubblico. Buona continuazione!

  7. I received the same email today. I hope someone traces the IP source and presses charges or shuts them down. I wish we had more enforceable laws to prevent and punish these scammers.

  8. Thanks for post, now it’s clear for me.
    I got the same letter from on 08 november and they got 2 responses from jigsaw of the saw movies using a fake account.
    The senders IP address is located in Nigeria near highway A235 between Kufana and Kachia according to the email tracker website that uses the source code to filter out the IP addresses.

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