Daily Q&A: Is the Internet offer of a $500,000 grant from BP CEO Tony Hayward a scam?

What can you tell me about an e-mail that claims to be from BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward with a promise of a $500,000 grant? Is this a scam?

Yes, this is a scam and consumers should not respond to it. The Florida Attorney General's Office issued a warning about this e-mail scam, which appears to have originated from Nigeria.

"Scammers and con artists are brazenly trying to capitalize on Floridians who have been affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster," Attorney General Bill McCollum said in a statement. "Consumers should be on high alert and should report suspicious e-mails such as this one to my office immediately."

To report such scams to the attorney general, call 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226) or visit http://www.myfloridalegal.com. Information on the Deepwater Horizon disaster can be found online at http://www.myfloridalegal.com/deepwaterhorizon.

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Daily Q&A: Is the Internet offer of a $500,000 grant from BP CEO Tony Hayward a scam? 07/22/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 22, 2010 2:02pm]

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