Which is real and which is fake?
Most scam victims are let greediness get into their head, and they miss out simple clues like this. Ok, lets test how smart you are:
1) In this scam mail, the scammer refers to citigroup.com for information, i.e.
Is this real or fake?
2) In the email header, his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Is this real or fake?
3) In the email message, he ask you to contact him at email@example.com
instead of the email in para 2.
Is this real or fake?
1) This URL is real. They are just trying to convince you that “they are real”.
2) This email address is fake. They can send out from any email address via anonymous server.
3) This email address is real, BUT the URL where the email address is based, DOES NOT belong to the real Citigroup.
The Scammer has added a “S” after the word “group”.
CitiGroupFoundation.com is real
CitiGroupSFoundation.com is fake – the scammer register this domain just to scam you.
So, can you trust this email address? It is like talking to an impostor!
> Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2009 02:53:13 -0300
> Subject: -Dear Beneficiary-
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Citigroup (Switzerland)
> 16, Quai G?n?ral-Guisan
> P.O. Box 3946
> CH-1211 Geneva 3
> Dear Beneficiary,
> Citigroup Grant Aid
> This is to notify you that you have been chosen By the Board of trustees,
> Citigroup International charity grant organization based in Switzerland
> as one of the final recipients of a Cash Grant/Donation for your own
> personal, education and business development.
> Citigroup International a Multi-Million groups which is one of the top
> 10 richest company in the world was conceived with the objective
> of Human Growth, Educational and Community development.
> In line with the 30th year anniversary program this year which
> was also used as a medium to expose Citigroup Africa to the world.
> Citigroup International is giving out a yearly donation of Two Million
> United States Dollars through it’s Africa unit as specific Donations/Grants
> to 100 lucky international recipients worldwide in different categories
> for their personal Business development and uplift of their environment.
> These funds are freely given to you to be used for your business, educational
> and personal development, and at least 30% to be used by you to develop a
> part of your environment, as this is a yearly program,
> which is a measure of universal development strategy, and eradication
> of poverty.
> With the random selection exercise of internet websites and
> millions of Super market cash invoices worldwide, you were
> selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of
> US$2,000,000.00 (Two Million United States Dollars) as charity
> Grant/aid from Citigroup International.
> (Note that your email was selected from either the
> internet, after absolute viewing of your profile or a Shop’s cash
> invoice around your area in which you might have purchased
> something from).
> You are required to expeditiously Contact the Grant Redemption Unit
> below for qualification documentation and also fill in the Claims
> Verification Form for your payment processing, between the hours of
> 8.00am – 7.30pm on Monday to Sunday.
> In contact with this officer, you’ll be given your donation pin
> number which you will use in collecting the funds. You are to
> contact back this email when you have collected your $2,000,000.00
> Please endeavor to quote your Qualification numbers (CITI-773-3747,
> E-900-56) in all discussions.
> Executive Officer,
> Grant Redemption Unit
> Citigroup International
> Mr. Stéphane Sandro
> Email: email@example.com
> Furthermore, copied to this email is a Citigroup Grant
> documentation form, requesting your required particulars.
> You are to immediately fill the form and return as soon
> as possible, to the Grant Redemption Unit
> Mr. Stéphane Sandro via email E-mail:
> CLAIMS VERIFICATION FORM
> *** FULL NAMES:……………..
> *** ADDRESS:………………..
> *** SEX:……………………
> *** AGE:……………………
> *** MARITAL STATUS:………….
> *** OCCUPATION:……………..
> *** E-MAIL ADDRESS:………….
> *** TELEPHONE NUMBER:………..
> *** CITY:…………………..
> *** STATE:………………….
> *** COUNTRY:………………..
> *** How do you feel as a beneficiary:………
> For Security Reasons you are advised to keep this Grant information
> confidential until you have claimed the grant funds,
> as there have been many cases of double and
> unqualified claim, due to beneficiaries informing third parties
> about his/her donation funds with valued information for claims.
> Finally, all funds should be claimed by their respective beneficiaries,
> not later that 30 days after notification, as failure to do so will be
> to that particular beneficiary cancelled and its donation reserved
> for next years recipients.
> On behalf of the Board kindly accept our warmest congratulations
> Yours faithfully,
> Mr. Guillaume Matteo
> (Citigroup International Public Announcer)