Alert: Beware of Email Scam Claiming to be from Atlantic or Charles Feeney
The Atlantic Philanthropies29 October 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 Christopher G. Oechsli, a philanthropist and the founder of The Christopher G. Oechsli Foundation (CGOFF), 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 give USD $1,000.000.00 (One Million United State Dollars) 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.
Or you can Google me (Christopher G. Oechsli)
Warm Regards, Christopher G. Oechsli firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Chuck Feeney, I am 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". My philosophy about life is that you should use your wealth to help people and I have decided to secretly give Ј1,950,000.00 Pounds to randomly selected individuals around the Globe. On receipt of this email, you should count yourself one of the lucky recipients.
Kindly get back to me at your earliest convenience, so I know your email address is valid and furnish you with more information.
Visit the web page to know more about me: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2373420/Philanthropist-Chuck-Feeney-inspired-Bill-Gates-Warren-Buffet-wants-money-spent-good-causes-hes-dead.html
Sir. Chuck Feeney
I am the legal adviser to the founder of Atlantic Philanthropies (Mr.Chuck Feeney). As a Philanthropist, he has secretly given out donations from 1984 till date. Is this message sent to a valid email account? Your email account was randomly selected to receive a cash donation from the Philanthropist. If this is a valid email account, then click reply to contact Mr.Chuck Feeney directly for comprehensive information.
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: http://www.milliondollarlist.org/stories/charles-feeney
Charles F. Feeney
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.
Country of Residence:
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
his decision to end his requirement of anonymity stems from this value.
We (Atlantic Philanthropies) just recenlty organised and launched our
internet donation program as this will enable us reach out to more people
outside the shores of the United States and England so they too can benefit
from the fortune of Mr. Feeney and our foundation as a whole. Many other
major philanthropists look primarily to support large institutions and not
individuals which is absolutely wrong thus we are changing such with this
The launch of this internet/mobile donation program came up so as to avoid
unsolicited pleas for donations and to avoid the idea of people feeling
indebted to him/us.
However, If you have received this message, please contact us with your
Name, Age, Gender, Address/country of residence, Occupation and Telephone
number because you are entitled to receive £250,000.00 United Kingdom
Pounds from our organization.
The Atlantic Philanthropies
England and Wales
On Behalf of Charles Feeney
Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation
c/o PEW Charitable Trusts
Willis Building, Lime Street
London W1S 4JR, United Kingdom
Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation Electronic Notification Service
Congratulations from from the Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation-United Kingdom, where life changing opportunities and cash are given-out on a daily basis! Our foundation/founder has indeed been a great Philanthropist to this generation and is truly committed to “giving while living,”.
However, We are pleased to inform you that you are one (1) of the lucky people to benefit and receive Ј500,000.00 United Kingdom Pounds from our foundation's ongoing goodwill project, grant/donations program.
We request you provide us with the undermentioned info so as to enable us do the needful for you to get your gift without fail:: // Name, Address/Country of residence and Telephone number.
Mellisa Carter .B.
Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation
These messages are NOT official communications from The Atlantic Philanthropies and should be disregarded.
While Atlantic makes every effort to prevent such scams from occurring and stopping them when they do take place, we are unable to eliminate them all. If you receive this message, please report it to email@example.com.
For general guidelines about phishing scams, please visit: http://www.atlanticphilanthropies.org/report-email-phishing-and-scams
Thank you for your attention, and we apologize for any inconvenience.