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‘Oxfam GB-UK Grant’ Advance Fee Scam Email

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, charitable organization Oxfam has given you a cash grant of £1,000,000.00. Supposedly, the charity donation is being promoted in conjunction with UNICEF.

The email instructs you to contact a person identified as Oxfam’s national secretary via email to claim your grant.

But, alas, the email is not from Oxfam or UNICEF and you are not going to get so much as a penny from either organization.

In fact, the email is a typical advance fee scam designed to trick you into sending your money and personal information to criminals.

If you contact “Dr Harry” as instructed you will be told that you must send money to cover various imaginary expenses before the supposed grant can be processed. If you comply and send money, further requests will follow.

The scammers may also ask you to provide your personal and financial information, ostensibly to allow the processing of your claim.

After they have extracted as much money from you as possible, the scammers will disappear and you will no longer be able to contact them. You won’t get your money back and, of course, you won’t receive the promised grant, which never existed in the first place.

And, to make matters worse, the criminals may steal your identity using the information you sent them.

Scams like this are very common and have been around in various forms for many years.  You can read more about advance fee scams here:

Advance Fee Scams 


An example of the scam email:

Sir / Madam,
We would like to inform you that Oxfam GB (UK) International
donations project has given you a cash grant of [£1,000,000.00 GBP], as a
charity donation of Oxfam International, United Kingdom, promoted in
conjunction with Children’s Fund of the United Nations [UNICEF].For more information about the processing and payment of your
grant claims, please contact Dr. Harry [Surname Removed] via email below, the national secretary
of the Foundation with your qualification Number [OXG/101/231/BDB] as
soon as possible.Dr. Harry [Surname Removed]
E-mail: oxfam.uk2019@[removed]
Oxfam GB-UK, United Kingdom
[Link to genuine Oxfam website removed]

 

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