Reported in detail by Lin Edwards. Unfortunately his live pages are now gone, but thanks to the Wayback Machine, the information is still out there:
The scammers are still active – this morning’s email included this:
From: Steve Ballard <email@example.com>
To: Steve Ballard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: Robertson Foundation development grant
You have been short-listed for the Robertson Foundation development grant. Please contact EMAIL: email@example.com for more information
I have reported the return address (firstname.lastname@example.org) – 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.