There's something about the allure of getting a grant. Never having officially filled out a grant application, I can't attest to the challenges associated with getting money from foundations, the government, etc. However, I have to assume it's not like they're passing out free money to anyone who asks.

Which is why scams like the one submitted today by Aimee in Madison is a little bit frightening. No matter how many times we warn people that you can't get a grant when you haven't applied for that grant, there are still numerous examples of people falling for this kind of stuff.

As Aimee wrote, "Apparently ~ I became a multi-millionaire over night... (LOL) Yah ~ RIGHT...!!! SMH." I'm ashamed to admit I had to look up "SMH" to learn that's a shortcut for Shaking my Head. Sorry Aimee, I'm not hip enough to know that right off the bat, but I am sharp enough not to fall for the "You won millions in a grant you never applied for" trick from a "charity" by the way that does not exist. Google it. There is no such entity as the "Children Charity Foundation." When you do search it, all you'll find are other people who have posted similar emails to the one Aimee got trying to warn people about a scam as well.

Appreciate your help. Don't fall for this.

If you have an email you want to warn your neighbors about, please send it to me: and then, just hit delete.

Take care,


On Saturday, March 1, 2014 9:25 PM, "" <> wrote:

CashAid Project Committee
Children Charity Foundation
47 Moorfields
London EC2Y 9AL
Ref No: CCF/777/2014/147
Batch No: 100-919-10-021

Dear Grant Nominee,

Congratulations as you have been nominated for our First Quarter of the
year/35th Anniversary grant/donation in the business, economic, social and
research development category. This Category is the most prestigious of all
grant awards given out by our organisation this years. It is being Sponsored by
the British Council and other well meaning and esteemed donors.

Children Charity Foundation had since 1999 been giving out grants to
individuals/organisations from different parts of the world. In our usual
tradition of selecting grant nominees, random selections of
individuals/organisations where drawn automatedly from millions of Internet and
Credit card users worldwide and your name was drawn among the lucky recipients
to receive the award sum of US$4,700,000 (Four million, Seven Hundred thousand
United States Dollars) as charity donations/aid from the Children's Charity
Foundation in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament. Of the awarded
Grant, US$3,000,000.00 (Three million US Dollars) is earmarked for community
development services in your community and $1,700,000.00USD(One million, Seven
hundred thousand United States dollars) will be solely for your personal
business upliftment and growth.

Your Grant Category will be disbursed from our European Office in the United
kingdom, so you are required to contact Disbursements Officer in charge of your
category:  Mr. Sydney Webber for the processing of your grant. Reach Mr.Sydney
Webber on this telephone numbers:  +44 708 762 7519  or Email him at: .

On behalf of the CashAid Project Committee kindly accept our warmest
congratulations in advance.

Vivian Bennett
CashAid Project Committee