Fondazione Di Vittorio
I know someone who wanted to believe this one so much that he responded to it. Several weeks later, he called me. Don’t fall for it! Remember this, and never forget it: No Official EMails From Any Legit Organization Will Have More Than One Error! Now that I’ve said that, let me make an exception for the current “Grade C-” administration in the US. They obviously need remedial training.
But back to the email: We see the “foundation’s” address in Italy. It’s called the Foundation de France. Created by the “Multi-Million groups”? And then more name dropping, ECOWAS, UNO and even the European Union. Obvious errors are BOLD. Let’s see how shallow the hole really is…
Corso Ercole I d’Este 44,
Ferrara 44100 – Italy.
Fondazion Di Vittorio, ITALY
Foundation De France as established 1979 by the Multi-Million groupswas
conceived with the objective of Human Growth, Educational and
Community development.The France Foundation in conjunction with the
ECOWAS, UNO and the European Union,These funds are freely given to you
to use for yourbusiness educational and personal development.
You were selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum
of US$100,000,000.00 (One Hundred Million United States Dollars) as
charity donations/aid from the France Foundation, ECOWAS and the UNO in
accordance with t he enabling act of Parliament.
You are required to expeditiously contact the Executive Secretary with
your Qualification numbers (P-333-7858,B-011-67) for processing of your
claims,you’ll be given your donation pin number.Contact Claudio
Giovanni (DPU) Information Officer.
Enter Personal Details:
First Name: Last Name:
Address Line 1:
Address Line 2 (optional):
City: State: Zip/Postal Code:
Valid Phone Number: Fax (optional):
DUE PROCESS UNIT:
Executive Secretary – Claudio Giovanni
On behalf of the Board kindly accept our warmest congratulations
I’d say we’re standing about knee-deep in the hooplah, wouldn’t you? There are simply too many grammatical errors to be believable. Run-on words and sentences, spaces missing after punctuation, and even missing punctuation (that closing parenthesis was missing in the original email). We also see the near-ubiquitous personal info request, as well as the Yahoo email address supplied for our response.
So how did my friend fall for this? He went to the website mentioned in the greeting to see if they were legit. The Foundation of Vittorio does indeed exist. It appears that they are a legitimate activity. Looking around their site, which is written in Italian, I found a disclaimer in English. It says: The “Giuseppe Di Vittorio Foundation” is victime of an informatic fraud; therefore we are not responsible for any alleged donation.
I am Jon, and if the errors in the email didn’t tell me, the Foundation’s website made it clear.