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ECOWAS - Foundazion di Vittorio

Here's a variation on the basic scam money transfer email.  The Foundazion di Vittorio supposedly supported by "ECOWAS" wants to just GIVE you money, as long as you use a part of help to develop the environment.

If it isn't obvious, we'll say it for you: this is a complete scam and fraud.  The Foundazion di Vittorio apparently does exist, but the email and the grant are all nonsense. If you believe that there are organizations randomly handing out money like this, then you probably still believe in the tooth fairy.

If you need tangible proof, ask yourself this:  why would an organization with a website
( www.fondazionedivittorio.com  ) ask you to reply to a free yahoo email address ( giovani_foundationofficer02@yahoo.it ) (which ANYONE could get)?

And if you were crazy enough to write back to them, click here to see the response they will send.


Version 1 of the scam:

-------------- Forwarded Message: --------------
From: "IMPORTANT NOTICE" <ecowas1_6@hotmail.co.uk>
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS! ECOWAS ONLINE PROMOTION!!!
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 09:25:23 +0000
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE
 
Foundation's Officer,
Fondazion Di Vittorio,
ITALY
http://www.fondazionedivittorio.it
 
 
 
The Foundazion di Vittorio, 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 Fondazione Di Vittorio, 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.
 
To celebrate the 28th anniversary program, The Vittorio Foundation in conjunction with the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS), United Nations Organization (UNO) and the European Union (EU) is giving out a yearly donation of US$100,000,000.00 (One Hundred Million United States Dollars) 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. At least 15% of the awarded funds should be used by you to develop a part of your environment. This is a yearly program, which is a measure of universal development strategy.
 
The objective is to make a notable change in the standard of living of people all around the Universe (From America to Europe, Asia to Africa and all around). The Vittorio Foundation has been assured of highest organization standard courtesy of the United Nations. It is our belief that we can achieve a great positive change in the general welfare of the universe through this program. That is why the foundation is doing everything possible to get all recipients notified of their donation.
 
Note that your country is not the only country that is benefiting from this donation. Beneficiaries have been chosen from countries from all continents. The idea of this donation is that within ten years from now, there will be notable richness among many unusual people around the world. This will give many people the opportunity to get their lives to a stage where they had always wanted.
 
Kindly note that you will only be chosen to receive the donation once, which means that subsequent yearly donation will not get to you again. Take time and thought in spending the donation wisely on something that will last you a long time. Recipients are only eligible to be awarded this donation once.
 
Based on the random selection exercise of internet websites and millions of supermarket cash invoices worldwide, you were selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of US$1,000,000.00 (One Million United States Dollars) as charity donations/aid from the Vittorio Foundation, ECOWAS, EU and the UNO in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament. (Note that all beneficiaries email addresses were selected randomly from over 100,000 internet websites or a shop's cash invoice around your area in which you might have purchased something from).
 
You are required to fill the form below and email it to our Executive Secretary below for qualification documentation and processing of your claims. After contacting our office with the requested data, you will be given your donation pin number, which you will use in collecting the funds. Please endeavor to quote your Qualification numbers (N-222-6747, E-900-56) in all discussions.
  FULL NAMES:__________________________________ ADDRESS: _________________________________________________ CITY:_________________________ STATE:__________________________________ ZIP: ______________ COUNTRY________________________________ SEX:_______________ AGE:__________________ MARITAL STATUS:_________________ OCCUPATION:________________________ E-MAIL ADDRESS:_____________________________ TELEPHONE NUMBER:_____________________
 
===========================================
Executive Secretary- Giovani Galantucci
    Email: giovani_foundationofficer02@yahoo.it  
All information is strictly confidential and will only be used for the purpose to which it is been requested.
 
Please note that these donations/Grants are strictly administered by Economic community for West African States (ECOWAS), European Union (EU), under delegated powers from the United
 
Nations Organization (UNO). This means that your qualification number will be reffled to know the organisation (ECOWAS or EU) that will handle your payment. You are 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.
 
Finally, all funds should be claimed by their respective beneficiaries, no later than15 days after notification. Failure to do so will mean cancellation of that beneficiary and its donation will then be reserved for next year?s recipients. On behalf of the Board kindly, accept our warmest congratulations.
 
Regards.
Mr. vikki Malcom
(Foundation officer)


Here's another version of the same scam:

From: "DIVITTORIO FONDAZIONE" < grantinfo11@bellsouth.net >
To: < info@fondazionedivittorio.it >
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:20 AM
Subject: NOTIFICATION OF CASH GRANT

Fondazion Di Vittorio, ITALY http://www.fondazionedivittorio.it

Concern.

The Foundazion di Vittorio, 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 FDV, 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.

To celebrate the 29th anniversary program, The Vittorio Foundation in conjunction with the (ECOWAS), (UNO) and the (EU) is giving out a yearly donation of US$2,500,000.00 ,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.

You were selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of US$2,500,000.00,as charity donations/aid from the Vittorio

Foundation, ECOWAS, EU and the UNO in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament.(Note that all beneficiaries email addresses were selected randomly from over 100,000 internet websites or a shop'scash invoice around your area in which you might have purchased something from).

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 ((N-222-6747, E-900-56)) in all discussions.

Executive Secretary- Mr. Riccardo Varanini

Email: riccardovaranini_001@yahoo.ie

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.

On behalf of the Board kindly, accept our warmest congratulations.

Regards.

Mr. Gianni Mattioli.

Visit our site for more information: http://www.fondazionedivittorio.it




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