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Alert: Beware of Email Scam Claiming to be from Atlantic or Charles Feeney

The Atlantic Philanthropies

2 January 2014

It has come to our attention that a phishing scam is currently circulating the internet claiming to come from an Atlantic representative and requesting that recipients provide personal information in order to receive funding.

Though versions of the email may vary, the fraudulent messages are as follows:

My name is Charles Francis Feeney, a philanthropist and the founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies, one of the largest private foundations in the world. I believe strongly in ‘giving while living.’ I had one idea that never changed in my mind — that you should use your wealth to help people and I have decided to secretly give $1.924 Million to randomly selected individuals worldwide. On receipt of this email, you should count yourself as the lucky individual. Your email address was chosen online while searching at random. Kindly get back to me at your earliest convenience, so I know your email address is valid.

Visit the web page to know more about me:


Charles F. Feeney


Dear Friend,

Thank you for confirming the validity of your email address and also accepting this grant. My foundation ( Atlantic Philanthropies ) technically is responsible for awarding grant/donation but the strategy of the cheif executive and the board at my foundation is evloving to a point where I fear my foundation might loose the sight of my vision and will jeaopardise my ability to make large gifts and that is why I have decided to give [$1,924,108.00 USD] to you secretly without my foundation being aware. It gives me great joy finally being able to make a personal donation you, let's make the world a better place by giving and solving each others problem, all people have the right to opportunity, equity and dignity.

To facilitate the disbursement process of the funds valued at One Million Nine Hundred and Twenty Four Thousand One Hundred and Eight United States Dollars[ $1,924,108.00 USD] which have been donated solely to you, please send me the below information before proceeding with remitting the sum of One Million Nine Hundred and Twenty Four Thousand One Hundred and Eight United States Dollars [ $1,924,108.00 USD ] to you. I am hoping that you will be able to use the money wisely and judiciously. I ask you to do what you can to alleviate the level of poverty in your region and also try to enhance the standard of living of as many people as you can and see the joy and happiness of giving.
Do make sure you provide me with your complete information below so I forward it to my selected payout bank for disbursement.

Full Name:
Country of Residence:
Mobile Number:

I am trusting you to make good use of this money.
Thank you for accepting this offer, I am indeed grateful. I anticipate your earliest response.
Charles F. Feeney.


Compliments of the day to you from Atlantic Philanthropies,

We know this message maybe a surprise to you but do kindly accept our gift
and donation as a kind gesture from our ongoing good will project 2020. Our
founder and CEO, Charles Chuck Feeney has indeed been a great Philanthropist
to this generation and is truly committed to “giving while living,” and