Government Grant Scams

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Original review: Oct. 26, 2022

So I got a call from **, I was ready to cuss out whoever it was because I had been getting Spam calls all morning and when I answer they usually hang up before I can tell them to ** off and take my number off of whatever call list they got my number from. But this time, a woman who sounds like her last name is ** starts talking and says I've been selected to receive a $9,000 grant that I don't have to pay back. I was one of 1,500 people that also were selected, I was told. She had very broken English, and continued on saying I was chosen because I've been loyal to the government for paying my bills and taxes on time, no criminal record, and I haven't filed for bankruptcy in the past 6 years. I kept saying "Oookay..." To everything she was telling me until she started asking to confirm my information, I don't expect for people to get my name right on the first try, but she couldn't even pronounce Jacksonville after many tries. A lot of big red flags.

So I verified yes that's my first and last name, yes I live in Jacksonville, but as soon as she starts asking for my address and SSN I thanked her for the opportunity and told her this feels like a scam and I'm not buying it. She put up no fight, and didn't try to persuade me it wasn't a scam so I hung up & blocked the number which I do for every Spam and Scam likely numbers. As soon as I hung up, I googled "$9000 grant for being loyal to the government scam" and so many different stories on different websites popped up. So I knew I made the right decision and wanted to share my story because I was lucky to not have fallen for the **. No telling how many people already have, so I wanna bring awareness when and where I can.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 4, 2022

I just received a call from 858-789-9398. The guy had a strong accent I could barely understand and told me I was chosen out of thousands of other to receive $9,000. I was so curious and played along because it does sound good but knew it’s probably too good to be true to receive free money out of the freaking blue with no cost to me, so the guy gave me a call back number starting with 202 and it said Washington DC and he also gave me grant money code which was a mix of letters and numbers. I called back the number and a guy name Rick ** said he will walk me through the whole process and how would I like to receive my money at any of these locations - cvs pharmacy, target, western union etc… He did say I’d have to get a activation money card from target for $200 and it will be reimbursed like really red flag.

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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: March 29, 2022

    A man called. Said I had received a $9,000 government grant never to be paid back. Get me another phone number and a code number. They call that person and they would tell me what to do. Call that number and in order to activate my code I had to go to the Dollar store or one of these other stores. Get a card and put $200 on it then she would tell me what to do from that point. I never called him back cuz I know it's a scam. People be careful. The number came this evening. The number they gave me was a 315 number so if that helps at all they said that my grant money was coming out of New York and the 315-257-6190. I hope this helps out somebody.

    8 people found this review helpful
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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Nov. 7, 2019

    I had applied for financial help online. They contacted me and said I won 9,400 dollars, sent me a link to the US Treasury Department website grants website that said 3 people per year per state were awarded the grant... I ALMOST fell for it but they wanted me to go back to a 15.00 steam card... phone# 3156293630. BEWARE!!

    22 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Sept. 27, 2019

    9 calls in 5 hours 9/26/2019. I think these callers got my number from Facebook. They had to. Up until I started searching for houses I never had a problem with these callers. I'm guessing it's the Zumper..can not be certain. Anyway it's a China like women I block the number and they just use another. Be completely aware it's a scam and yes it's active as of today in Texas.

    10 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: July 26, 2019

    26/07/19 I received a call from 202 469 3721. The person calling was a male named James (speaks fluent English), he was talking to me about the loyalty grants of 9000$ which I got selected to receive. At first, I thought it was a scam, so I decided not to share any of my personal information. But he told me about how I received this, and about the survey the government conducted, I thought I shouldn't give any of my personal information which they already had... Don't know how but well I just went with the flow And he gave me a money confirmation code and a callback number... I was so desperate of getting some loans so I just decided I should give it a try.

    So right after hanging up, I called up the senior accountant manager's number, He asked me for my code, I did give him. Then he asked me how I'd like to receive my money though Walmart, MoneyGram, or directly in my account and told me I would receive my money in about 5-10 minutes. I decided I should go for Walmart... And one good thing, He didn't ask me for any registration fee. Soon after 10 minutes, I lost hope and Decided to get going home. When he called up right when I was walking home. And told me to walk back to Walmart and told me to give another code to the guy in charge there. I gave him the code, And guess what, I did receive my 9000$.

    They may have been many other scams, But not all are scams. I really give my gratitude to the person in charge there. Now I paid my bills, and I'm still left with the money I received... Guess I'm pretty lucky. But not all calls are from the Grants Department... Most are scams. I'm just gonna say, know how to pick the right person and ignore the wrong. :)

    66 people found this review helpful
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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: July 9, 2019

    Hi, I just want anyone else who gets the phone call to see this... I got a call from 2024948041, it was a guy with an Indian accent saying I got a $9000 grant from the federal government. Asked my name and zip code (first one he gave was wrong, I had to correct it) and confirmed my email. He told me to call back 3155631180 and gave me a code (FO261). Second guy gave me code SO261. Said I could go to Walgreens and get my $9000, but of COURSE there's a catch. He wanted me to buy some sort of card for $200 at any store, something to do with Western Union bank. He said I'd get $200 back within 5 minutes because it's just a "security deposit" (yeah right... They essentially wanted me to buy a $200 prepaid debit card and give them the numbers so they can make $200 off of me.)

    The second guy gave me his name, he said he was Edward Freeman. Did my research and realized it was a scam as I had assumed. I don't think they ever give you legit grants over the phone, my dudes. Anyway, called him back. Politely told him what he was doing was unethical, that I felt for him because he probably needed the money from this job but it still isn't right and it's wasting people's time.

    He gave me a website to "prove" it's real. (not even a .gov, obviously). That didn't work so I repeated the website and he said, "Oh it's" (That one didn't work either. Literally it said website not reached on Google Chrome.) Frustratedly I said that's not even a real website, I'd tell you guys to try harder but honestly I just don't want you trying to scam any more people. I told him to think hard about quitting his job because I'm sure he can find an ethical way to make money. He hung up on me while I was explaining why I didn't approve of their illegal "business model". Please, don't do this. DO NOT give them a card number for any gift card/debit card, don't give them your bank account info either. They don't deserve your money.

    16 people found this review helpful
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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: June 26, 2019

    Foreign males calling me all day lied about 9000 dollar grant scam telling me I was selected to receive Federal Government Grant because I'm a good citizen. Gave me 3 choices to receive my free 9000 grant. Gave me a activation code and a phone number to call to get lied to again. That's when the second male foreigner told me to register with the purchase of Google Play card 250 dollars. I laughed and hung up. First calls were private number. Second person number was 512-234-4044.

    12 people found this review helpful
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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: June 3, 2019

    3rd June 2019. Hello everyone! Today around 10:43 am, I received unknown & unidentified call. I received the call and the calling person was male. He said me that I had won the $ 9000. Further he told me that, "We are from the government. You are a lucky winner. You can do anything you want. You do not have to repay it back." He provided me a code with telephone number to receive the cash from Western Union. He asked me the following question to me as follows:

    1. Spell your name?
    2. Do you have bank account?
    3. what is your zip code?
    4. Is it your mobile no?
    5. Are you married?

    6. Is this your email address?

    I was aware about it. So I did not believe him. Please do not give your personal information. Please stay from such scams. Please! Stay safe! Take care! Have a nice day. Your friend???? Roshan **.

    19 people found this review helpful
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: May 16, 2019

    I got a call from *11 number that said her name was susie **. She told me that cause i had no criminal record which i do and some other reasons i was selected by the government to receive a government grant. She then gave me an approval number and a phone number to call. She said she was worked for the verification department and gave me an approval number that was k,N,1107 then hung up. I called the number and a lady that said her name was jenny ** answered and said i could do money gram or put money on a ccr card i could buy at dollar general for $200 then i hung up and proceeded to look it up on my phone and found all this.

    26 people found this review helpful
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