This is a new fraud on email that uses the names of Grameen Foundation, and Nobel Peace prize winner Muhammad Yunus, to lure gullible people
A new mail is doing the rounds over the Internet, seeking to give money for a noble cause to the 'chosen' recipient. The email, under the name of Grameen Foundation, is nothing but a fraud and it has nothing to do with the Foundation by the same name that was founded to follow the model of Grameen Bank beyond the borders of Bangladesh to help poor people. But more about Grameen Foundation later.
The scamsters have not just used Grameen Foundation's name as the sender, but they have also provided the registered office address, the website link, and used the name of Paul Maritz, the chair of the Foundation. However, one look at the email ID from where it originates, immediately reveals the hidden face of the scamsters and their agenda.
The email reads: "To celebrate the new year 35th anniversary program, Grameen Foundation is giving out a yearly donation of 950,000.00 (nine hundred and fifty thousand Great Britain pounds) to 10 lucky recipients, by which at least 15% of the awarded funds should be used by you to develop a part of your environment. This is a yearly program which is a measure of universal development strategy. You are to contact Rosanna Ramos-Velita, Treasurer ([email protected]) with your PIN number (GF.101) in order to redeem your grant and get more information."
The question is, when the Foundation itself needs donations, funding, to run its projects, why would it give money to people like you and me? Why would some one who does not know us shell out 9.5 lakh pounds (about Rs6.87 crore) through an email. Besides, the email says that you must spend a minimum 15% of this amount for development of your environment. In other words, you can spend the rest of the amount for your own development!
Clearly, this is yet another fraud in progress, aimed at gullible people who are lured by lotteries or free money schemes. So, if you receive such a message, delete it immediately. Here are some points to keep in mind to help you identify such fake and fraud messages. Such scams are widespread, so governments and web sites like www.truthorfiction.com, www.fraudwatchers.org or www.scambaits.com, are giving special attention to the matter, to warn and help potential victims and catch scamsters. The web site of the Nigerian Central Bank has a warning on the home page that says, "If it looks too good to be true, it usually is." The US Secret Service and the British National Criminal Intelligence Service also undertake investigations regularly and issue warnings to people constantly.
Now about the Grameen Foundation. It is a global non-profit organisation based in Washington that aims to increase access of poor people to microfinance, like it has successfully done thrugh Grameen Bank which was set up by Nobel Peace prize winner Muhammad Yunus. The Foundation helps the world's poorest, especially women, to improve their lives through access to microfinance and technology. Being a non-profit organisation, it needs donations from people to implement its projects.
"Some political and criminal forces are afraid of the recent awakening and huge support of the common man to the Jan Lokpal Bill. They are trying to create confusion and defame the movement for curbing corruption," anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare said
Ahmednagar: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare today charged "political and criminal forces" of trying to dilute the nationwide movement against graft by defaming and criticising the campaign for a comprehensive Lokpal Bill, reports PTI.
"Some political and criminal forces are afraid of the recent awakening and huge support of the common man to the Jan Lokpal Bill. They are trying to create confusion and defame the movement to defuse the emerging people's movement for curbing corruption," Mr Hazare told PTI from Ralegan Siddhi village, 40km away from here.
On criticism for reported remarks against political leaders, the social activist said that he never said that all politicians in India are corrupt.
"There are very few exceptions at all levels. But those exceptions can be honoured only if they too raise their voice against known corruption in their close circles. Keeping mum on issues related to corruption is also silent support to corruption and such leaders who fall in that category are actually of no use for nation," he said.
The veteran also faced flak from the Congress and NCP for allegedly calling voters corrupt and dishonest.
To which, the 73-year-old Gandhian said, "Political parties and leaders are responsible for maligning the voter's character in this country. They usually earn lot of black money using power and distribute a little amount of it to voters in elections to grab sympathy for their corrupt practises."
"Is it possible today for candidates who are meritorious and possess good moral character and commitment to win an election without huge amount of black money," he asked.
Under attack for appreciating Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar, Anna said he only lauded their developmental efforts and has always condemned every communal riot including the one in 1984.
Mr Hazare will leave for Delhi tomorrow to attend the first meeting of the draft committee for Jan Lokpal Bill on 16th April.
He expressed his gratitude for the common man as well as all NGOs for their selfless involvement in the movement against corruption.
"This is a remarkable change on just a few years ago when the combination of economic upturn and increasing employment would have generated a boom in traditional commercial property spending," Regus' country head, Madhusudan Thakur said
Mumbai: Indian business is exuding confidence and this rising optimism is increasing business spend in India, a survey said. Departmental spending is on the rise, specifically sales and marketing costs, reports PTI quoting the latest edition of the Regus Business Confidence Index.
While companies are reporting rising revenues and profit, interestingly many are going slow on expenses related to premises and property, Regus said in a release.
"Departmental spending is predicted to rise this year, with the exception of property where companies are maintaining a strict cost control policy," it said.
Globally, 81% of companies expect to freeze or cut their property spending and in India, a large majority (70%) expect to follow suit, it said.
This matches other research studies which reveal a general trend towards lower-cost working practises, it said.
Regus' country head, Madhusudan Thakur, said, "That business confidence is returning is great news as is the fact that so many companies are reporting rising revenues and profit. Planned departmental spending increase for 2011 is a further confirmation of returning confidence."
Mr Thakur said that it seemed that firms are only investing where there is a clear bottomline return, such as sales and marketing, whereas spending on property will continue to decline in 2011.
"This is a remarkable change on just a few years ago when the combination of economic upturn and increasing employment would have generated a boom in traditional commercial property spending," he said.
Inflationary pressures remain strong despite the Indian government's bullish growth predictions, he said.
"So it looks like firms are remaining cautious in respect to property costs and now prefer to minimise risk and opt for more flexible and scaleable arrangements," Mr Thakur said.