Warning! Amway Warns of Bogus Internet Charity Scam

    ADA, Mich., Feb. 7 /CNW/ -- Amway Corporation (Quixtar in the U.S. and
Canada) has discovered an internet scam that uses a bogus Amway charity as a
lure.  Amway cautions individuals to be on the lookout for e-mails from a
group calling itself the "Amway Children Charity Foundation".
    Please be advised that this is not an Amway-sanctioned program and the
name, program and people indicated in the e-mails are not related to Amway in
any way and do not have Amway's authority or support.
    The goal of the scam is to trick people into sending money to the
fraudulent charity.  The bogus group sends an e-mail informing the recipient
that he/she has been selected as a recipient of a grant to help establish a
children's help center to assist poor children in the area.  A nomination code
number may be given, and banking information is requested.  If the recipient
responds, an indemnity bond of several hundred euros is demanded.  The e-mails
may be signed from "Dr. Kevin Brown" or someone else claiming to be a grant
processing officer.
    Fraudulent activities involving payment or release of personal financial
information can be committed electronically from a remote location, including
overseas. Committing these activities in cyberspace allows scam artists to act
quickly and cover their tracks before the victim becomes aware of the theft.
    This type of fraud is identified by the FBI as an Advanced Fee scheme
which occurs when the victim pays money to someone in anticipation of
receiving something of greater value, such as a grant, loan or gift, and then
receives little or nothing in return.
    This "Amway Children Charity Foundation" scam has been circulated by e-
mail in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia.  Recipients are advised to
not respond or reply in any way.  Amway is currently investigating the origin
of the scam and authorities have been notified.  If you have information or
questions about this scam, please contact Amway through its Corporate
Communications Department at (616) 787-7565.

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