Fake Grants

1868 reports / 6 comments
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Federal Government Grant

  • by: Remy62
  • #46062
  • Mar 11, 2018
  • Monetary Loss: $1,300
Beatrice told me she had received a grant for $30.000. She told me attorney John Balcher had helped her and everything was legitimate. He asked for 5 iTune cards $100.00 each I send him the codes. Then $800.00 by moneygram. Each time I am asking Beatrice is this legitimate and each time she assured me that these transactions was on the up & up. After the supposedly attorney requested $3500.00 I knew for sure this was fraud and a scam. I lost $1300.00 because of both of them especially Beatrice since she was the one that initiated the scam. When I reported her in Facebook messager they deleted her part of the conversation not mines. She now have 3 profiles on Facebook.
Names reported:
Beatrice Kuykendall, John Beacher

Grant scam

  • by: Mel_scam
  • #46034
  • Mar 09, 2018
  • Monetary Loss: $0
I had a friend request from a cousin so I accepted but it was agent Vladimir Harden instead of cousin. This person proceeded to text me saying she had won a grant and she saw my name on winning list. She gave me a website to go to The response was from this Agent Vladimir Harden he proceeded to tell me I was on the winning list I thought it was ok since my 'cousin' told me it was legit then they told me that I needed to pay taxes etc on winnings that I needed to pay some money. After giving all my information to this person I got suspicious when they asked for money so I text my cousin's sister to see if she had really received this money. She told me her sister was hacked so now that I've given all my information I don't really know how to proceed. I would love for this guy. To get caught. I am willing to do anything that is necessary. I took snapshots of whole conversation from 'my cousin' and this guy so please let me know if I can help with an investigation or suggestions on how to manage this situation.
Names reported:
Vladimir Harden
Phones reported:

Winning grant

  • by: Lafaye38
  • #46002
  • Mar 08, 2018
  • Monetary Loss: $0
I got a message from a friend on Facebook to text that number and tell the agent I want my winning grant. I called the number and you can’t understand the voicemail and they ask for a lot of personal info
Names reported:
Anderson Robyn Raney
Phones reported:

Elizabeth Richardson

  • by: Jillann
  • #45987
  • Mar 07, 2018
  • Monetary Loss: $0
My sister, which I will not name, but she has a social media account. I suddenly started getting messages from that message I.D. weird how it would synchronise me getting text messages, on my personal phone number, it would go back and forth, they would text me, the phone numbers provided and the hacked account of my sister.
Names reported:
Angela Modlin, Elizabeth Richardson
Phones reported:
301-747-6069, 305-508-4869

They have called me and my wife say we get a government grant over and over I’ve gave them my information

  • by: Philliptodd
  • #45934
  • Mar 05, 2018
  • Monetary Loss: $0
I have these people my information and card number and it sounded legit and at the end of the phone call they wanted me to got to a store and get an apple registerion card and put 300 $ on it and wait three days and we would receive 14566$ in grant money on a card I call local stores and they told me they didn’t no what kind of card I was talking about so I figured it was a scam
Names reported:
Daniel Shaw
Phones reported:

Feeling it a scam

  • by: Flores23
  • #45922
  • Mar 05, 2018
  • Monetary Loss: $0
Ex friend had contact with a attorney named James white said he was from the federal grant loan . James had messaged spoke about the grant said what all I had to do , then stated I had quilified had to get a copies of my state id card . Then said for me to choose the grant option when it showed I had to pay 850$ for the grant of a 50,000$ loan that there told me to stop when I know you do not pay for s grant like that .. I am assuming it was a scam .. he will be contacting back next Monday since I said I do not have the money right now
Phones reported:


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!