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Today (October 14, 2016) I received 5 missed calls from an unknown number (204) 556-7459. 6 times within a 4 hour period. I do not answer calls from a phone number I recognize and think if it's important they will leave a voicemail, but they never did. Then they called a 7th time and I just answered. The gentleman on the other end asked for me and I said "this is them". He had a slight eastern Indian accent and stated he was with the government and they are giving me $14,000 of which I would not have to pay back. All he has to do is confirm some information and then transfer me to his supervisor.
I asked him what branch with the government he was and he said "the government". I had to repeat the question and he said with the US government of health as he stumbled over his words. I then asked him if our call is being recorded or monitored (which I wanted it to be) and replied very shortly "why of course" (which has to be disclosed at the beginning of business calls if it is, but he didn't not disclose this). I had also asked the gentleman why will I be receiving this money. He said because I had never filed for bankruptcy or have a criminal record.
He confirmed a few things with me, but I stopped him before we got to dob or anything else and simply told him I didn't feel comfortable proceeding and please put me on their do not call list. The gentleman then asked me "you don't want free money?" I told him "no I don't." Literally 30 minutes later I get a call again from the same number (at this point I'm pissed off). After I said hello the gentleman asked for me again. All I could say to him was "listen, you guys just called me" then the caller hung up. I clearly knew it was a scam, but wanted to see if anyone has been a target of this. Please don't fall for it. If it's to good to be true, it probably is.
Got a call from federal government free grant program today. The phone number did not come across caller ID. It only said incoming call. I was randomly selected from my phone number to receive a free federal grant of $9,000. Wow, long I spoke with this John Smith the more I realized this was a scam. But I let him talk. His name 1st all was "John Smith". Hmm? I don't have a checking account so my only options were Western Union gram at Wal-Mart, or prepaid card. I asked several times if I would receive this in mail. Never answered me, just kept giving me the spiel would be coming from Federal Reserve Bank from New York.
They would transfer my money to the state I live in, asked me if we were a free tax state. Now you think government would know that information? Still asking him if they would mail my card. Never answered. Gave me a number to government financial Dept and a code that I was to give them and they would give me a tracking number. Funny, I thought Federal reserve was the government financial dept. I then told him I thought this was a scam. He got irritated and asked how could I say that. Then told me to go to www.obama.net, did that and nothing but reports on Obama's financial affairs. Now I am 61, disabled and I living on social security. I really could use the money. But my parents didn't raise me stupid. I think the real Federal reserve and the US government should like into this scam and put a stop to it. What are these people thinking!!! Really???
I've been getting daily calls from Kelvey at a 202 number – telling me I'm eligible to receive free money from the government. She then gave me the phone number to call her supervisor back at 202 670-4534. When I called back I asked them to remove my information. At first, I was told... "I called them" and they hung up. Today, I called them again and they told me that it would cost me $120.00 to remove my number from their call list. I told them I was not going to pay them any money and that I was going to log a complaint with their phone number. That number was 202 670-4534. Wonder if they'll pay $120 to remove their information from our call list. John was the "supervisor".
Got a call today from Julie, 888-566-9799 telling me I was eligible for $9000.00 since my financial background was clean. All I had to do was call another number, 410-697-6247, a Maryland number and they would set me up with picking up my money at Walgreen as I had chosen Western Union for a $250.00 one-time processing fee. This scam continues! A call to my local PD, no interest. This scam also makes the rounds on Facebook.
I began receiving phone calls (unavailable or restricted#) from a very heavily accented lady saying that I was eligible to receive $9,000 in grant money that never needed to be paid back. She told me that I was eligible for this money because I have not filed bankruptcy and had not had past criminal charges. I told her that I was not interested and I knew this was a scam because the government does not give out free $. She became very irate, raised her voice and told me to disconnect the phone call. I didn't want the money. I promptly hung up the phone.
Throughout the day I received a total of 16 phone calls from this lady and another gentleman with a very heavy accent. They resorted to calling me the f word, **, **, and other various curse words. They threatened to come to my home as well. The next day it started all over again by 10 o'clock in the morning already been contacted 16 times by the same people. I contacted law enforcement, they said nothing could be done. So finally I decided I would play along. They wanted my bank account number, debit card number, or a savings account number. I declined to give them any information and told them if they wanted to send me the money they could send me a check. She said, "I'm sorry. The government does not mail checks." So I told them they could money send me a MoneyGram. She gave me confirmation number and told me to hold on to it. Since then I've not received another phone call from them.
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Today, someone called telling me that US government is granting me $9,000. Is that great? Of course it is but oops! How come I'm qualified? First, I just bought my phone 3 weeks ago and the lady name "Julie" said they got my info last year December. "BOOM!" Last year? I just moved in to US 2 months ago. I'm not even a citizen here yet and it's no sense that government of United States will give me that amount of money if I came from other country. So then she stick with her script or whatsoever verifying my address and the City is incorrect. Tried to correct her and she just said, "Yes thats right". She gave me money ID and a number (4106976247) to call her Senior Manager etc name John **. This seems convincing now but still confuse.
I'm having hard time understanding his accent. (Well I do have accent but his was so hard to understand. I keep asking him same questions and he even said this money I dont need to pay back and there's no tax upon claiming it.) Since I choose Western Union, it's easier because they already have my name in their list. I can feel my excitement and hesitations until he said I need to activate this so I can get the money by buying iTunes gift card or iGunes gift card? LOL at Walgreens for $280. NO WAY!
Then I said I dont have a car yet so I can't go get that card and ask if I can call him back. Then he said, "Sure, and use extension 114". Then he keeps reminding me to be careful with my identity and call him when I'm at the parking lot of Walgreens. obviously it's a SCAM. It keeps replaying in my mind after the call. Money is deceiving sometimes so I decided to search for "US Grant Department" and found this site full of complaints. I'm glad I did. By this time, trying to call them but NO ANSWER for 10 mins now.
So I received a call from a private number, I figured, "hey, why not," and swiped to answer, then the fun began... Not only was it a Hispanic woman (no offense) that was on the other line, but she seemed very impatient with me when I asked about "Her business's website." She then sighed impatiently, gave me the "Obama.net" website, told me to click personal loans. Afterwards I asked her how I would continue to follow the steps, she told me I would have to talk to the "Grant Manager" whom of which she was not.
She gave me a 2024554045 phone number, got impatient when I asked about the "55" part, then continued on... By now I had realized this was not only too good to be true, but something I should research while talking to her. (As I'm a journalist, and I don't get fooled easily, Fact Check 100%.) I asked her if they would be able to e-mail me further instructions, she had only previously gave me 3 options, giving them a Western Union money order for some reason, my checking account info, or my bank info, and I was offering them my e-mail address, they weren't interested!!!
She began to ramble in a different language with someone else in the background, then continued to talk about the phone number, confirmation number, etc, etc. Then quickly said "Okay hope you have good day, bye bye now". Then hung up. Boy, I sure hope she knows I have the call recorded and am sending ALL of this info to the FBI right after I post this, heheheheh.
I was called today by a person telling me that I have been selected to receive a government grant, $8000.00 that I do not have to pay back. I knew that was a scam right away, because why would our government want to hand out 8k randomly for no reason, and not ask for it back. So, the lady told me that because I am employed, I pay my bills on time and have not filed bankruptcy the government was granting me 8000.00 that I DO NOT have to pay back. She gave me a conf # MK147 and a number to call back, 607-564-5211 and told me to call them and they will gather the rest of the info needed to get my my money.
What a joke, but I called the # to see what would happen, I gave them my conf # and asked this lady why the government wants to give me 8k? She said to me, "If you don't trust your own government why did I call?" She called me rude and hung up. If you get a call like this, DO NOT give them your banking info or anything. They will tell you they can direct deposit into your account, but don't do it.
Just received a call from 202-740-5887 in Washington from a lady with a heavy accent telling me that I had been approved for a $7000 grant because I have paid my taxes on time and I pay my bills. Also said I was one out of 1700 that had been approved. She gave me a grant confirmation number and a Finance dept. number (253-244-9443) and said to ask for someone named Wisler **. She also kept stressing that I would have the money today. Never called Wisler **but thought I should let someone know about the scam. Wish I knew where she got my name because she already had my full name and address.
Just received a call from 202-246-1001 (call I'd says Keisha **) stating that my name and phone number has been chosen for a $9,000 grant that did not need to pay back. I did not even let him finish talking. I told them to never call again and I was reporting the phone number and name to the FCC and Consumer Affairs. Just out of curiosity I tried to call the number back after I hung up and I got a recorded message that says the person I am trying to reach is not accepting calls at this time.
I have been getting calls from a 202- 930 3630 saying I have money from the Federal Grant then to go to the store and buy a iTunes card for $250 which will be reimbursed. Is there a grant loan of $9,250 to pick it up at Walmart? After I call him with the iTunes card number I told them to stop calling. This was a scam. They have continued call from numerous other numbers including 202-444-4444 and one other number. Then they hang up then they call back starting the whole process over. And even got into a argument with the man that called. Told me to call the police if I didn't believe him. I told him I have already contacted people through the Better Business Bureau are the consumers repair.
I have been getting calls from 206-629-603. Yes, 603. I guess they don't want me to be able to call them back or fully report them. I had already brushed them off a few weeks ago but today I got another call from a female with an accent so thick, I needed a knife to cut it. She was calling from the US Grant Department in Washington, DC. How exciting!!! And little old me was eligible for $9,200 in free money that I would never have to pay back because I haven't committed a crime or filed bankruptcy in the past six months! (Or ever, really...). So, I felt like being a ** and string her along. I said in a really excited voice "AWESOME! When will they send my check?" Oh, no, they don't do that she explains.
I can get my money 1 of 3 ways: Western Union, a pre-paid Visa card or a direct deposit into my bank account. I told her I want a check. She said they don't do that. I was tired by now so I said "You know what? That's a lie and please remove my number from your scam list! Toodles!" Then I hung up. I feel so bad for anyone who falls for this. And you know what? I am poor as ** right now, disabled, and fighting with SSA because I am too ill to work. That money would be a God send if it were real. Please don't let these wretched people take advantage of you.
So I got a call from "Peter **" of the "ARRA" saying I was approved for $9000 in federal grant money that did not have to be paid back. Just for fun I played it out. Luckily, he only had my name and phone number. He could not confirm my social and gave me the wrong city I lived in, but I didn't say anything. Of course he had a thick accent, had multiple people in the background and the number he called from (206-209-1678) was "incorrect" when I called back 15 minutes after I spoke with him. When I called the callback number he gave me, a recording told me to "state my name after the tone and Google Voice would try to connect me"... What? Can these con artists really be any less legit? DO NOT TELL THEM ANYTHING!
Today I received a phone call from a number 202-681-8664. Which comes up Washington DC. The callers voice was heavy Indian accent. Telling me I had been chosen for financial aid grant from the government. And gave me a confirmation number to call in later. Another Indian person answered the call took the number and transferred me over to someone with either a Czechoslovakian or Russian accent telling me to go to a Walgreens and buy an iTunes gift card for $230.00 which I will supposedly get back in the grant worth $8500.00. But they couldn't send me the cash through the mail. Which is so not how the government works. Because I received my financial aid for school through the mail. This is a total scam asking for money for a supposedly free government grant.
Today I received a phone call from a guy name Robert phone number (202)798-3209 with a very heavy Asian-Korean maybe Indian accent. He told me that the he was from US government calling from Washington DC. He said that I was chosen with millions of other people in the state of AZ to get paid a grant of 9,200 for paying my taxes, not having criminal record, and not having any bankruptcies. Of course because I am in need of money the news sounded great. He confirm all my info, name, phone number, address and asked how I would like my money in 3 options - (1) Bank Account, (2) Walmart prepaid card, (3) Western Union or Moneygram.
I was even more convince this was true; I said direct deposit. Foolishly I gave him my bank info and he told me to call a second number (202)697-8857 where the account manager Bruce ** would just confirm all the info and the transaction would be made in a few minutes. I was in shock and couldn't believe how lucky I was. I even cried because I couldn't believe it. LOL. I quickly called the second number (202)697-8857 and a answering machine came three times. I left him a voice mail requesting a call back but no respond. On my fourth attempt Bruce ** finally answered. He too had a big, deep accent. He asked for my personal ID# which I was told by Robert that I shouldn't share it with no one because "anyone would be able to claim my once in a lifetime grant from the US Government Federal Reserve Bank".
Anyways I proceed and gave Bruce my ID number and he confirm my account bank information and all my other personal info. He put me on hold for like 3-5 minutes and returned saying my bank did not comply with the regulations and that taxes had to be claimed and that the money was not going to be deposited unless I wanted to do it another way to receive my money in minutes. He said that if I wanted I should go to Walmart and buy a prepaid card with $200 dollar balance, that the federal bank would deduct the $200 and they would reimburse it once the deposit was made. It was then when I finally realize I was being scammed and my heart dropped. I didn't say anything to the guy on the phone but that I didn't have the $200 at the time. He said it was ok that they would hold my file up to a month and that my money was going to be there to be claim whenever I had the funds.
Please!!! People don't be fooled like I was. These group of scammers are professionals. They will empty out your bank accounts and take your money making you think you will receive a grant that doesn't even exist. I researched it and came across this page with many others just like me. Please, I hope this helps someone in a similar situation, and hope and pray they get caught soon and justice is serve. Everyone be careful. Be blessed and take care...
Got another call saying the federal government qualified me to receive a $9,000 grant, never to be paid back. Asked the lady why the government would give me $9,000. She talked in circles and I told her to get a real job and to stop this scam, and then hung up the phone. A few minutes later our Caller ID showed a call coming in from NOVATEL at 210-249-0540. Upon answering the call, this same woman said, "You will be receiving this same call every day until you die!" Really?
Ok so I received a phone call today from an 202 number, stating that I was chosen to receive a government grant ck for 9,000,00...ok I'll bite. "How was I chosen?" "Well you have never filed bankruptcy, and have no criminal background." Flag #1 the man was agitated because I kept asking questions such as: is this a scam, how long will it take to receive the funds and what's your website addresses. So he then screams and says "just let me give you a money code and a call back number". I then asked what can the money be used for really just stalling him because I'm now on google looking up these scams. He then asks "how would you like to receive the money". I have three options I chose cash. He gave me code MO432 # 2602074450. I call the number because now I have read several reviews and decide I wanna play.
So Steve picks up and says "this is Steve how can I help you". Are you serious this is supposed to be an gov agency right, he goes through his lil soil and then ask him "how much was this going to cost me". He says "nothing". By now I'm laughing. He continued to talk and slipped in a one time payment for registration fee that will keep me from paying taxes on the money and wire fee. I said "Steve that's a payment. If this is free money from the gov I shouldn't have to pay to receive it and furthermore this is not an 10,000,00 transfer. The gov are the feds. Don't pick up on anything below". Dude was getting heated then I told him "person's who are picking up transfers do not pay". He then tells me "it's refundable". I told Steve to get his scamming (bad word) off my damn phone. Thank god for working for Western Union. Please don't fall for this. This site was very helpful as well.
So today I got a call from a number (206) 317-7166. I didn't answer the 1st time because I didn't recognize the number so a few hours later they called again and I answered. On the line was an Indian guy with a thick accent telling me that I had been randomly selected to receive a free $8,200 government grant that didn't have to be used for school and that didn't have to be paid back simply because I do not have a bankruptcy and pay my taxes on time. They confirmed my first and last name, city (which was a previous address, not current), ZIP code, and marital status. At that point, I was given a code which was obviously derived from my last name plus (3) digits along with a phone number to call back. I was told that if I was unable to get through to wait 5 minutes and then try again.
So I called the number and a female who was also Indian answered and told me that she would call me back in 3 to 4 mins as she was busy with a client. She called back, confirmed all the same info as the 1st guy and then told me that in order to have the funds legally released to my name that I had to register with the Bank of New York so that I would have no issues receiving my funds. The fee for this registration was $250. I told her that I don't have $250, then she asked for $150. I knew right then that this was a scam and all of a sudden the call dropped. If you get a random call saying that someone is giving you free money... don't believe it because there's always a catch.
For the past month. I been getting calls about this Federal Grant money of 15000. Because I paid my taxes on time. I went OK. India accent. Barely understand them and they talk so low. I end up yelling. "I can't hear you. Talk louder. I get you're in ** India. But speak the ** up." First guy. Asked for my bank acct number and routing number. (Yeah not happening). I asked him. "Why are you just going by my name. You need to verify info. What's my SSC number? What's my Address? What's my driver license number? What's my mom's maiden name? What's my maiden name?" I went "Yeah you don't know." He goes "Ma'am I am not allowed to access those records. Only to give you your Grant money. I went but you could be talking to the wrong Amanda and you as the Federal reserve Bank grant people wouldn't want to give 15000 to the wrong person would you? I get hung up on. I went "Oh this is fun."
Next day another call. Wanting a prepaid card that has a acct and routing number. I went "Oh I have my bank card." I pull put a prepaid card with 10$ on I bought just for these people. Gave them the acct number. They went "It has too many numbers." I went "Well try the routing number." Gave it. And I went "Well that's weird. I just got paid yesterday at work and it's direct deposit to this card and there is 900$ on it." Which really only had 10$.
And I said are "You sure you are doing it right. Because they ask for routing number as with acct number. Name of the prepaid card American Express where I have a 20,000 limit on. Because all my work checks go on it." They go "It doesn't work." I went "Oh darn." They are on speaker phone. My mom is laughing. I flat out tell my mom. "I am not dumb. I know it's a scam. Not giving my bank info. And I only have 10$ on this card and bought it just to laugh at these asses." I get click. Shocking they hung up on me.
Today confirmation number was giving to me from a girl who barely spoke English. And I couldn't make out the s for Sarah or F for Sarah and I ended up arguing with her over that one ** letter then yelling. "I can't hear you. You need to talk louder." Then tells me I need to send 300$ to activate my Federal reserve grant acct in order to get my 10,000$. I went "OK. I have 5$ on me in cash. I have no bank account or credit cards and well no way to get 300$ as I don't work. And so do I pull 300$ out of my butt." She goes "Well the 300$ comes back to you on the 10,000$." I went "Oh so I get 10,300$ back." She goes "No just 10 k. I go "Where is the 300$." She goes "In the 10k." I went "OK so I get 10,300." I get hung up on.
I call back. "Hey I want my money. Send me a check." I sent her my old apt address and she goes "The Federal reserve Bank doesn't work that way." I went "Mmm I received a grant before and I never had a problem getting a check. When did y'all change policy? I am looking up the grant policy and online it says you can receive a check." She hangs up on me. I call back. Hangs up. Call back. Hangs up. And I am going on and on. And finally I get told my grant money is no longer available. I go "Well that's just like the American govt. Give you something and then take it away." I went "Btw stop ** stealing money. From hard working Americans. I hope y'all get caught and locked up."
I had several indications that I had just been on the receiving end of a scamming call in connection with a call. I just received a call a few minutes ago from (1st indication) a man with a very heavy Indian accent. He said he was with a government grant award company, but (2nd indication) did not give an actual name of the company nor his own name & simply said that I had been awarded a grant of $7000 because I paid both my taxes and bills on time. When I asked what it was going to cost me for this grant he said it was free. He asked if I wanted it direct deposited or issued through Western Union. Of course, I had no intention of giving him my bank information, so I said Western Union would be fine. He seemed disappointed by my choice - (3rd indication). He asked me to verify my address for the Western Union paperwork. I made him tell me my address info, rather than me giving it to him.
He gave me what he called a Grant ID# and a callback # 202-754-9908 to accept the grant. The person answering the call had a very heavy Indian accent as well. He asked what he could do for me. (4th indication - If this had been legit, he would have asked me to provide my Grant ID# right after he said hello, I should not have had to explain why I was calling!) I explained had a Grant ID# that I was supposed to him, had to give it to him 2x, he put me on hold with very loud music (over 10 min). I finally hung up.
I was kind of disappointed because I was hoping he would return to the call with a fee request so I could tell him I was too smart to fall for his scam, but I did not get the chance. I was convinced that these calls were connected with a scam. Consumers beware!! Never give out your bank info to a stranger, especially those that speak very poor English and never pay a fee to get a free sum of money. That is the #1 indicator that someone is trying to scam you!
Today, Sept 9th, 2016, I received a call from a first number that I don't have the number to, to let me know I qualify for a $9,000 grant for paying my taxes and not having a criminal record. (Sorry I know I just wrote a run on sentence, my bad). I'm a little desperate for money so I kinda believed them, even though my gut told me it was a scam. Anyway, they told me to call a second number 202-854-8211 to talk to a finance manager about getting the grant from the Federal Reserve Bank and to go to a Western Union for the money, but first I had to go to a Walgreens, Rite Aid, or CVS to put a $250 deposit so they can release the funds (-__-).
Ohh and the second person I talked to was Steven **, even though everyone I spoke to had an accent. Like an Indian or Chinese or Thai accent. The guy told me I would be able to cash my money back once with the iTunes card (which I knew was bs because it's a final sale) but I actually almost went through with it. I prayed to God it would be real but knew it was just a scam. Thank God, I didn't go through with it because I asked which federal agency this was, they said they were the federal gov't. They never gave me a name. I finally told them this is a scam, everything they're telling me is a lie and told them to delete my file they had on me. Which was my name, address, and city. Ohh and the "ad code" they gave me was IM101. I hope no one gets scammed by these people.
I received a call yesterday that I have been randomly selected to receive a federal pell grant that I do not have to pay back, in the amount of $9200. It sounded too good to be true. Of course I asked if it was legit and if I had to pay anything. The first person I spoke with said "No". Then he provided me with this confirmation number and a call back number to speak with an account manager. I was told then that I would need to register my name and purchase an itunes card which would cost $250 lol. I had him spell it out because the accent was so thick. However after wasting enough time with the foolishness I explained to him that I'm the wrong person to try and scam. I hung up while he was still pitching.
So, I just received a call from a woman named Alina **, sounds like an American name but she had an accent... Red Flag #1. She gave me a confirmation number of **. I asked if it was legit and she said yes. I knew it wasn't but continued to call anyway. So I dialed the number given to me by "Alina **" ** and I heard several voices in the background on the phones with others doing the same thing. I was put on hold 4 times and finally hung up and called back. And was told that I am qualified to receive $9,200 from the first guy and $9,300 from the second guy... Red Flag #2! blah, blah, blah, basically the same bs everyone else is being told.
So they told me I needed to go to Walgreen's, 7-Eleven, Dollar General or Family Dollar, Get a card and that the car only holds $500 but I would need to put $250... final RED FLAG on the card in order to be able to get all of the money! So I said, "So, you mean to tell me that I have to put money on or get money that I suppose to be given to me by the "govt"? He was like, "Yes, It will be refunded to you." I started laughing. And I mean full fledged in tears. He was like, "Ma'am are you still there?". I said yes but I have never heard so much bs in my life. Told him they needed to find someone else to try and scam because I am way too smart for that. He hung up on me.
I received a call from a Private number. A lady says her name was Jennifer ** stating I have been selected for a $9000 Government Grant that I did not have to pay back. I was given a grant's approval number and a call back number 202-810-9314 and another lady answered. Her name was Annabelle **. It was very comical because I swear I was talking to the same lady both times. It sounded good until the 296.00 dollars came into play to secure my transfer to western Union. That accent just gives them away. They are going to hold my grant for 2 weeks. Be careful. Don't fall for this scam.
I received a call today from the US GOV DEPT of GRANTS, stated that I was chosen because I have paid my taxes on time and no criminal record. The grant amount was for $14,300... blew my top. They called from Milwaukee, WI, 414-763-2762. Tried to call the number back, but the line was dead. They gave 800-454-1390 to call with my approval code. Number does not work. It's sad you people trying to leech from others to make buck in the worst way.
I received a call today from a man named Max from phone number 202.465.1356. He said I was awarded grant money and that it would be transferred by Western Union. He already had my name and what city and state I lived in. All I had to do was call another phone number 253.205.8697. and give then the ID# MA123. Now, I know this is a scam but I followed through just to get more info. So, I called the number and gave the ID#. The man asked to hold so he could verify. I was disconnected. I called back and it was a Sprint cell phone number. This is very alarming people, that some of our information is out there. Be careful! This is definitely a SCAM!!! PLEASE DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION!
On August 30th, 2016 a Michelle ** called stating that I was eligible for a $9,000.00 grant from the government that I wouldn't have to pay back. All I had to do was call another number and request how I wanted to receive the money. I choose WU. Then I was asked to pay $250.00 in order to get the 9,000.00 within the next hour. I played along halfheartedly and did give my correct address, hoping that by chance it could be legitimate. It wasn't. There should be something done to scammers like that.
I did receive a call from 202-431-4852 (**). They said they would send the $ to Walgreens by Western Union. I also got a confirmation code with another # to call 202-630-2460. These area codes are from Washington D.C. just to make it look good. I didn't give any important information.
All started two days when a supposedly female text me from the number 330 541-5974 saying she got my number from the dating site okcupid and it was true - I did give her my number on there three months ago. We started chatting and she mentioned about getting what she called a Universal Funds Grant that was given out by a guy named Dick ** at the #8603234026. So I thought nothing of it. Maybe she knew about something I don't.
I didn't act that first day. The next day which was yesterday I received a call from 202-444-4444 and some guy with an accent I couldn't understand hardly said like all the others that I was selected for a grant and I'm knowing it's to good to be true but at the same time I'm thinking boy could I use any amount right now. After he goes through with the whole story about good credit and no felonies and what not, I'm laughing because my credit sucks. I told him I would take the cash wired to me via western union or whatever and that's when the $250.00 one time deposit I had to pay came up and I hung up. Three more times yesterday I got called from that number and of course I didn't answer.
Today just 45 minutes ago I got another call from a private number and in my business sometimes I get them so I answered and this time it was a little different but the story and they gave me a name Jordan ** and the # 646-741-2394 along with some account or verification code of CF180. So I decide to call the number mention to speak with another foreigner with an accent just to see and he wanted me to go to CVS or Walgreens to somehow verify who I was and that's when I hung up.
I looked up the guy named Dick from the text message and the only one I came across is 75 years old, is a lawyer and lives in Texas. All this ** is messed up and not right but what can we do other than make a report and know that these ** will get theirs sooner or later. As for the girl if it was even a girl the pic of her on the site is down and if that first 330 number was actually hers but who knows her texting me may not even be connected but very unlikely because she text me today asking me if I got the Grant.
I just received a call from 202-747-2513 when I answered the phone, the man on the other end said I was selected from the Democratic Party to receive a $7k grant to do anything I wish with as long as it was not illegal. I could receive it via Western Union, MoneyGram, or in my bank account. I informed him, what website can I go to research this and he responded "mygrant.net." He was anxious to get me to his verification manager but I hung up on him. These people had my name, phone number and the city I live in. This is ridiculously scary.