Education fees are always on the rise and people wanting to pursue further education are a great target for fraud artists. Prospects are sent an E-Mail similar to this:
16 Rue Lanterne,
Lyon 69001, France.
The Fondation 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.
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. Mrs Doraine Roux
Please note that these are strictly administered by the EU, ECOWAS, UNO. You are by all means hereby advised to keep this whole information confidential until you have been able to collect your grant as there have been many cases of double and unqualified claim, due to beneficiaries informing third parties about his/her grant.
Typically,the recipient is asked to contact the sender and provide, as in this case, some type of identification number. Those who actually contact the sender will be asked to send a processing fee to cover expenses. Recipients can rest assured that there will be no more contact from that point on, kiss your “fee and scholarship” good-bye!
Once again, any legitimate institution will never ask for a processing fee. In this case the E-Mail was sent out with no particular named recipient, just the re: notation. Just this in itself is a sure sign of a scam in the works.
These E-mails can also offer to find cheap loans for educational purposes, again a small fee will be requested kind of a finders fee. The end result will be the same lost fee payment and no loan. Don’t fail for this advance feesscam and encourage the 419 Nigerian scammers.