Fake Grants

1851 reports / 6 comments
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Trying to scam me

  • by: blasingamebrian
  • #45657
  • Feb 22, 2018
  • Monetary Loss: $0
They called said I was chosen for a $9000 Federal grant gave me a comfermation #CK569 Told me to call the treasury department at 414-622-0350 so I called and they answered with a hello not identifing the name of the place so I hung up
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I been scammed by Anthony Barry

  • by: netattack39
  • #45302
  • Feb 06, 2018
  • Monetary Loss: $0
Anthony Barry on Facebook stating I won 150,000 in Government Grants and I gave him my personal information. I believe I just put myself in a world wide Identity Theft
Names reported:
Anthony Barry

Scammer Called Me About A $9,000 Grant From Govt

  • by: q_mac30
  • #45296
  • Feb 06, 2018
  • Monetary Loss: $200
I received a call at 11:43 AM EST from a representative at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York(800-202-5678) how I was randomly selected by the government to receive a $9,000 grant and I was told to only use it for good purposes such as paying rent, bills, groceries, etc. Anyways, the representive gave me instructions on how to receive the grant money. She gave me a grant confirmation code and a number to call and to tell a Senior Account Manager the confirmation code when I dialed the number she provided me. After I got off the phone with representative, I called the number and spoke with a Senior Account Manager and gave her the code. She told me in order to receive the $9,000, I would have to go to a retail store such as a Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, etc and purchased an application software card in the amount of $200 and that I would be reimbursed the money back. I went into a Food Lion and was looking for a card that literally read application software card. I still had the account manager on the phone and told her I didn't see any cards that read application software on them. She said, is there a card with an apple logo that said ITUNES on it. After the account manager said that, I immediately knew it was a scam and hung up the phone.
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I have scamed by IDA program agent.are person claming to be .

  • by: Deacon
  • #45265
  • Feb 05, 2018
  • Monetary Loss: $200
I was notifide by Donzella vickes, about this grant program ,i cant say for sure if she was in on it,but she gave me this web site IDA grant program. I went on it and here we are. I saved all message.
Names reported:
Melody Tutam
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Phone promise

  • by: jjss
  • #45242
  • Feb 03, 2018
  • Monetary Loss: $0
I was advised to contact usdpcab for possible monies I might qualify for. by phone I contacted 83 year old Amalia Ramiro Reyes and she said I qualified for the program. Upon giving my name, address, town, zip code, mothers name, my age, and marital status and email address she assured me that I would receive money. Then after of series of text messages, I was informed that a tax % would have to be paid up front. That was my clue something is wrong. I sure hope I didn't open the door for identity theft. I was not very good at seeing what was happening. Please make them STOP..
Names reported:
Amalia Ramiro Reyes

Sent scam from a friends fb and messenger account, she did not move to Nigeria

  • by: michalean
  • #44858
  • Jan 19, 2018
  • Monetary Loss: $0
I was sent an offer for a $100,000 grant if I pay them $2500. Did not send anything. Tried to let my friend know she was hacked and reported to fb, if they do anything I don't know.
Names reported:
Sharon Smith
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Vernon Henry

Oct 20, 2017 10:28 AM

First of all my name is Vernon Henry Im the owner of VG Grant Writers . And Im not a scam you can call The Arizona Corporation Commission


Jun 13, 2017 11:16 PM

I was just called and said I had to pay 200 for a registration fee and would get 9,200 as soon as I paid it. I told her I have received federal grants for school and never did I have to pay to register to receive the money. She hung up on me. So big scam. The number she called from was 202-871-8933. So please pass this on so no one gets scammed by these ppl. Also it was so noisy there I could hardly hear her. So they were calling other people to scam them. Sad.

Dorothy Rose

May 18, 2017 1:47 AM

I also got all today stating receiving a grant and asking me to buy ITunes card at Walmart. I knew it is a sacm. I want to report them as called more than once. I want to report them.

Saad Masood

Feb 22, 2017 3:54 PM

I received a similar call from a John Jones (202-744-4522). He gave me a Grant ID #. I never applied for a grant. Then, gave me the phone number for an Ellen (206-445-0860) in Seattle, WA. She said to get $250 worth of itunes gift cards and call her back with them. She claimed to be from the Department of Health and Human Services. I called HHS and was told there is no Ellen who works there. The Federal Reserve Bank of California phone number she gave me was 415-830-3709 which is marked as an unsafe phone number. 206-445-0860 traces to: 2258 S Edmunds St, Seattle, WA Reported this to the police and to the FTC yesterday. Mike - if you give them the number at the back of the card, they can redeem the value of the card and use it to buy music, books etc from the Apple store. If the cards are redeemed, there is nothing Apple can do. Information about https://www.hhs.gov/grants/ https://www.hhs.gov/grants/grants/avoid-grant-scams/index.html Saad

Mike Ryder

Jul 25, 2016 6:56 PM

how do they get my money...if i put money on my itunes card on I can take it out?

Joy Cannon

Jun 30, 2016 11:44 PM

I received several of these calls today and either ignored them or hung up as soon as the obvious scammer claimed to be calling from the "Federal Grants Dept". If you sent money to these people please be sure to report it to the FTC: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/Information#crnt&panel1-1 If enough people file reports they may actually track these scammers down. The reporting form asks details about how much money they asked for and were sent, and how you sent it. Since I didn't get to that point I can't report it, but I hope anyone who was preyed on by these scammers will report it!