Despite appearances to the contrary, billionaire philanthropist George Soros is probably not issuing grants via email spam originating from a U.K. Microsoft Live email account. A colleague at The Observer this morning received two emails purporting to grant a $900,000 George Soros Empowerment Award to the recipient. The humorous text of the email follows:
GEORGE SOROS FOUNDATION AWARD.
Leeds West End London.
You have been selected/qualify for Grant sum of $900.000.00 payment
for human growth,Business, and community Development in the ongoing
GEORGE SOROS Empowerment Award established in 1983 and supported by
Your e-mail address attached to Grant number: 2241345678 which
subsequently won you the Grant Payment in the 2nd category.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your Grant Number
confidential till your payment is processed and your money remitted to
you in whatever manner you are fit to claim your Grant Prize . This is
part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.
Please contact our Secretary with the below information:
Mrs. Lilly Botha.
Congratulation Once Again.
GEORGE SOROS HUMAN EMPOWERMENT AWARD MANAGEMENT.
The Observer has reached out to the Open Society Institute and Soros Foundations Network to see if the email is indeed a scam. We’ll update when we hear back.
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