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I received a call at work from a blocked number at work. I usually don't answer to private numbers, however, I have just purchased a house and wanted to make sure it wasn't a lender needing more information. When I answered a woman with an extremely thick middle eastern accent was on the other end of the line claiming that she was from the US Government Grant program and told me I was randomly selected for a grant of $10,000 dollars. She told me she could give me cash or directly deposit the money to my account. I jokingly told her to send a check through the mail and she said, "Have a nice day" and hung up on me. Obviously this is a scam. Don't give out your information. Anytime you see a private number and they are asking for your bank information... DON'T GIVE IT OUT. Common sense.
So I got a call yesterday from a Ronald ** saying I've been selected in receiving 6,000 some free money because I have a clean record and then said I had to call this number and give a caller id. I said I wouldn't be able to and he said to call tomorrow, meaning today, and I was like okay but I was pretty sure it was a scam since I was able to call yesterday. I just didn't want to. Well today in the morning I had a missed call from that number and was like yeah this is definitely a scam but I called the number anyway. The line kept ringing and then it went busy. So I was like whatever I tried again and it did the same. After that I decided to look it up and came across this... lol knew it was a scam but it real true like hell yeah 6000 would do a lot in my favor.
I had 3 missed calls from a number from New York. I called back and a man whom barely spoke English said I had been selected for a $9,000 grant. I asked where he was from and he would not answer. He just kept saying the government. Then finally he said he was from Washington DC lol. While he was asking me for my name and birth date I was Googling because this did NOT sound legit. The IRS will never contact you via phone, why would some anonymous branch of the government want to call lil ol me?
Luckily for me, this site with these reviews popped up. Instead of answering his questions, I said "Ya know, I'm reading something online right now that says you're a scammer soo..." and he said "No worries ma'am! We will cut the line!" and he hung up. I laughed for like 5 minutes lol. Thanks so much for sharing your experience so that I did not get sucked into a scam that would drain the little bit of money I do have. I hope these reviews help others too. I would like to rate them with negative stars please lol. :p
I had a similar experience with multiple calls from New York today 929-274-4261 and 315-294-0082. The caller asked me to verify some information which I uh-hushed through. The first one gave me my special four digit number to give to someone at another number. I said ok and got off the phone. An hour later the other New York number called and gave me another number to call and another special id. When I called the number they gave me it was a google answering service asked for a name which I did not have.
Three hours later the first person called me back and said I had to call that number right away. Being a little curious, I called and spoke to Bruce... he gives me this big spiel about how I have won the money, I opted for the cash option, all I had to do was go purchase $200 in iTunes cards, but I had to call him before I went into the store. Told him I could not go today so he said to keep his name and number for tomorrow. Now not sure what to do about him, but needless to say, I am NOT going to WalMart for iTunes cards.
I received several cell phone calls from Unknown calls. Today, the unknown called I answered it. I ask "Who is it?" Hher name is Christine ** ID# ** saying that I was selected to receive $7,000.00 free money. I asked her how that works. She told me that the Federal Government Grant Department of Washington, DC choose the persons randomly. Christine ** ID# ** even gave me the Western Union 10 # SE32YKF321 with the amount seven thousand dollars that I was getting. She gave me this #2027809127 to call back. I was so skeptical that I did call that number. I spoke to the manager his name is Mr. ** (government extension). He wasn't American with a strong accent that I couldn't understand him. Mr. ** gave me Tracking # from Western Union 3708820031 and 3708237371 with the individual amount of $3,500.00 with both tracking # adding the amount of $7,000.00.
He wanted me to purchase a $200.00 ITunes cards from Walmart. As soon I purchase the cards I would call Mr. ** about my purchase ITunes cards. Mr. ** even gave me a Registration # GTR085301 so I can pick up the free money. I would like to know where these scammers get this information? Right now that I'm giving the complaint I received a cell phone call with this #2027809127. For those seeking who are reading ConsumerAffairs reviews please write down the phones #. These foreigners are scammers. The staffs that works in ConsumersAffairs should take action to these complaints and notify to the Federal Government.
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I had about 4 missed calls all day from a lot 202 number that when you call back basically says doesn't exist. They told me I was one of 1500 people receiving a $9000 grant. They gave me another number to call and a code to give to no one and I could get it at Walmart. All I had to do was buy a $250 government registration gift card which I looked up and can't really find.
I called this number and was suppose to speak with a financier or something. That's when I got told about the $250 saying it was to not get taxed on the $9000 and that I would get it back with the $9000. All I needed was to bring my I.D. with me and they would help me the whole time throughout the store so I was buying the right card. I looked all this up online and seen all these reviews and knew it must be a scam. It's all the same story. I almost fell for it. The lady's were so nice and so believable. They even told me to have a blessed day. Don't fall for it. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. As for grants, the government doesn't call you and tell you when you get one specially if you didn't apply for one.
Over the last 2 days I have received over 20 calls from US numbers maintaining all 0's. Western Union, cash, bank transfer and Moneygram were my options. I gave no truthful information nor will I be calling the number. 202-827-5410-Treasury Department, Western union, $9000 US Grant, Confirmation code LM107. Jessica is the representative I finally talked with.
I received a call today from someone claiming to be David ** who told me I was randomly chosen to receive a federal grant for $9,000. I asked for the name of the grant, what government program or legislation created this grant, and he kept repeating, "It's a federal government grant!" "Mr. **" told me that I would need to pay $100 to register for this grant (I'm constantly asking him more questions during this time). He said I would need to purchase a $100 "Steam card" at Walmart or CVS to pay to register and receive the $9,000 grant. I was searching the internet to figure out what a Steam card is and learned that it is a game card you can load money onto for gifts to family and friends. He told me that CVS and Walmart had "money gram." I suppose he meant Western Union services.
I've been scammed like this before and I gave him a pretty hard time. I told him he must not understand our federal government because citizens and college students never magically receive grant monies without applying for them. I also told him that a legitimate "free grant" never required something as weird as buying a Steam card and loading $100 onto it. I told him that I understand that computer generated calls can use a Washington, DC number even if he was calling from Vietnam. He continued to insist that he worked for the federal grant department of the USA. I told "Mr. Cooper" that it would not be wise to try and scam college students, especially those with graduate degrees because we are not stupid.
I found the Consumer Affairs page with his scam listed and read it off to him. This guy would not relent, and I admit I enjoyed messing with him; similar scammers called me several times in the past. I continued to ask for the name of the grant; he was furious and began screaming, "It is a federal government grant!!!" I was laughing so hard as I continued asking him questions that he could not answer, like where is your call center located, which country, that I could barely stop laughing? I asked him for the last time what the name of the grant or program was and he yelled, "Do I have to explain this to you 50 times? It's a randomly selected (sounds legitimate, huh) federal government grant!!!" I told him he should consider moving to Russia because the Russians are much better at scamming than him and hung up.
It was a great experience to mess with a scammer so badly that "Mr. David **" lost his temper. Mr ** gave me his direct line if anyone would like to return his call; his number is (202) 813-0056, ext. #114. I hope no one falls for this scam; if anyone hears a call center in the background with Asian voices that you can barely understand, then just hang up. LOL! Update: Can anyone believe that I received another call just like the first one before I could finish writing this review? Who are these idiots? I made this guy so angry that he cursed me, used the "f" word, and told me to go to hell. I told him to enjoy his karma for trying to defraud Americans and to enjoy his desperate, miserable life. Surely our government can do something about this; is there a way to avoid these ridiculous computer-generated calls? This call's number showed as (929) 800-2686. What a day!
I was called today by a 202 area code. The heavy-accented caller said I was approved for a Government Grant for 10 thousand dollars. He wanted to stay on the phone with me while I went and purchased 2-$100 Apple iTunes cards. After I had purchased them.. He wanted me to go back and purchase $499 more! After I looked online and seen how big of a scam this is, I told him I knew it was a scam. He argued with me about how it’s not a scam, and kept asking me to borrow money from someone so that I could purchase more cards. Even after I yelled and got upset with him for scamming me, he continued on with wanting me to come up with money to go back to Walmart. These foreign people are inconsiderate and they are scam artists! Something needs to be done!
I received several phone calls from a number with a Seattle area code 206-596-0560. I generally don't answer out of state calls but this one was becoming an annoyance so I answered it. A woman with a foreign accent informed me that I had been randomly selected by the federal government to receive a government grant in the amount of $9,200.00 because I met some ridiculous eligibility criteria and I was to call another number 206-596-0567. She gave me an eligibility code of **.
I called the other number and a male with a strong middle-eastern accent answered. I gave him the ID number I received on the previous call and he misrepresented himself to be an agent with the federal grants department. He gave me several options as to how to receive my money but since I wasn't registered with the grants department I would need to register and I selected Western Union Moneygram as my form of payment from them. He told me to call him back from the parking lot of my local Walmart and he would walk me through registering by purchasing a $200 debit card at Walmart. Once this was done he would debit the card and release my money to Moneygram along with the $200 I just paid for the card. He said that because of the amount, it would need to be done in two separate transactions of $4,600.00 each.
I became very skeptical at this point and told him that I didn't have the $200 to pay up front and his response was, "that's your problem, not mine," at which time I became enraged and told him to go ** himself. He told me the same in return and hung up on me. I called back and got a different male operator with the suspicious accent who told me that I didn't have to pay anything and proceeded to give me two "MTC" numbers for each of the two transactions. Then mysteriously the line had a poor connection and he told me he'd call me right back, but he never did. I was tempted to go through with this but decided to research the outfit for a scam and found many other reviews of the same nature so I called them back and told the next person that I was reporting them to the Federal Trade Commission for Internet Fraud and he hung up on me.
I have received four calls today between 9:30 and 11:30 am. I was told that if I call this number 347-676-1759 and give them this confirmation number ** they would release my money. The caller was of a foreign accent. I took down the information but did not call the number. I was told that I was chosen because I pay my bills on time. The calls were coming from a NY number supposedly - 315-325-0201 or 0212. I called that number and a recording came on saying the number was not available. People please be aware. These numbers are now blocked from my phone. This is a SCAM. If it's too good to be true...
Number ** called me today said I won grant money and I could pick it up at Walgreens Western Union for me to pay 250$ but I knew this was a scam. Said her work i.d. # was ** name Victoria **. PEOPLE BE AWARE. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT SEND MONEY THROUGH WESTERN UNION. Don't get scammed. Hang up and report them.
For all those still unsure if this is a scam. IT IS. My only purpose for staying on the phone with them is I believe that the longer I keep these scam artist on the phone is the amount of time that they are kept from calling an unsuspecting innocent person to scam money out of. Please don't send money, iTune card or anything they request.
I read all the reviews above regarding receiving a check for a government scams. All the reported calls are the same as I received. He told me to promise not to spend the money on anything illegal like drugs, weapons, etc. I knew this was a scam from the beginning. At the end I was told the $200 would be added to my $9000.00 grant. When I told him I did not have $200.00 to send, he said he could not send the money without activation. I could not drag out the call any longer so I hung up. I receive calls like this all the time. All the time it is from a foreign accent. Scammers like those wanting to report they are from Google wanting to report they detected a problem with my computer and want to access my computer. NEVER GIVE THEM ACCESS.
MY FAVORITE is the IRS call. The guy on the phone, (also a foreigner), introduced himself as "officer" and said they did a tax audit from the last 6 years, there were serious differences in my income I reported. If I did not comply he would be forced to turn over my name and within 30 minutes there would be federal officers at my door to arrest me, confiscate all my property and home and put me in federal prison. He asked me if it was my intent to defraud the US government or if it was an honest mistake. I asked him "why is it your intent to defraud innocent victims to scam money out of by your intimidation." He was confused and asked the same question. I repeated my statement very loud and then he hung up on me. It has been about 5 days and no one has come pounding on my door. PLEASE PEOPLE BEWARE! There are so many who are trying to cheat you out of your money. Don't be A VICTIM!
I have received at least 4 calls today, 5/26/2017, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and continuing from an Arkansas Phone number 1-501-254-7723. It is an automated message saying "The IRS is filing a Law Suit against me, and need to contact them with my information as soon as possible." They even ask you to call the 1-501-254-7723 number back with your information. Please Stop them from hurting someone not aware of the Scam.
I have been called 3 times telling me I have qualified for a grant from the government by the American Recovery Reinvestment Act. The first and third time it was from a man with a heavy Indian accent and was offered $9,000. The second time was a woman who offered $7,000. The first and second time after answering a few questions and asking some of my own they hung up on me. The third time I made it all the way through to when they gave me 3 options for collecting the money. 1-direct deposit to my bank, 2-deposit onto a credit or debit card, 3-cash in hand. I of course didn't give them any numbers to my account and chose cash in hand.
He then gave me a personal code and a telephone number to call. The person on the end of the next phone call will give me instructions on how to get the cash. I've not called that number and don't think I will after reading of the examples on your site. They told me I was chosen at random from my zip code and qualified because I have paid all my bills and have not gone bankrupt. Actually I don't have an income, I am retired and my husband pays all the bills. If the money truly is from the ARRA then the government should be more specific in granting it to people who really need it more than I do.
I have received several calls over the last month stating I'm being granted 9000 from federal grants dept because I'm a good citizen. The calls came from Washington D. At least that is what the caller ID said. In order for me to get the money I had to go to Dollar General and get a MoneyGram in order to receive this grant. The first numbers 2026574494 he David ** couldn't really understand him. Sounded foreign Iranian-Pakistani middle eastern accent. So Dave gave me my magic number nk234 and told me to call his boss to get further instructions on how I was gonna receive it. I told him to send me a check. He said call his boss and he would explain it.
So I call the other number. Steve ** badge number gov ** the phone number is 2028703033 and he wanted me to go to nearest store and wanted to know how long it would take me to get there and bring my license and phone and get a Apple itune card for 200 and I would receive 9200. In ten mins after told him I didn't have two hundred dollars and to send me the check he said they don't do checks. Ok he wanted to know when I would have it. I said later this afternoon. I had to give a time so I did. So when that time came he called back at that specific time. I didn't answer then today another call from Marvin **. He gave me my number ** that was the code I have to give the other guy. This was for the 9200 grant I'm to receive for being a good citizen and only this time in had to get a MoneyGram.
I am writing this review because I'm unhappy about the call I received from the unknown number that directed me to this phone number which is 914 810 1122. The caller informed me that I had been chosen to receive demographic grant money because I don't have a criminal record and I pay my bills on time. The amount of money he informed me I would be receiving is 9200. This would seem to be exciting information so any normal person who is not working this would have made a huge difference in my life. I have a young child and I have been looking for work. I don't appreciate people or should I say scammers for taking time out to run some particular brand of crack jokes on others who strive to be great human beings. I want it to make others aware of the situation because it is a waste of time.
Phone call 1-202-759-7000, lady said I am getting $9,000 in federal grant money for paying my bills on time and not filing bankruptcy. She said to call 1-713-936-4739 and give confirmation number. So, I called did so and the guy said go to Rite Aid, Walgreens or Krogers and get a Steam card. He (Jeff **) said drive now and I will stay on the phone with you. He was sending $9,000 through Western Union. And I only needed to pay state taxes of $199.65 before receiving the $9,000. I put him on hold and looked up scams and yes indeed found out this is a scam. I kept him on mute for 30 minutes and finally hung up on. I am hoping to spread this news so someone else doesn't fall victim to this fraud. I shared this on my Facebook.
I was called by a phone number 202-600-5420 and was told that I have won a grant for $9,000.00. He Told me I was being considered for this grant because I paid my taxes on time, have not committed any criminal act, etc. He then gave me another phone number to contact, accounts supervisor, 202-607-5421 and I was to given a code to receive the grant money. This individual knew my address and full name. I knew this was a scam, I got the same type of call last year and they tried getting money from me. Now why would I send in money to get money?? I really don't know how they got my phone number since it is on the government do not call registry but it's really frustrating getting calls from these scammers. I block the number after the call but they keep coming in on different numbers???
I have been contacted by a gentleman named Chris. Said he was with the United States Treasury Department branch Health and Human services in reference to a Grant I was entitled to. The dollar amount would be $9,400. I was very excited. I have no money, no place to live, no car and it was very tempting. He said that I needed to go to a Western Union, Walgreens, Walmart, check cashing facility etc. to receive a CASH in hand Loyalty Grant FREE in the amount of $9,400. I could hear other people in the background like a busy call center. His English was very broken. His number came up as a number in Washington State 2066934376. l would like to thank my friends and these reviews online through a Google search that help me make a decision that this was a scam as originally thought. Beware!!!
I received two calls from a weird number of 9's. I answered the second call and the person had a very thick Indian accent claiming that I was among 1000 selected to receive a $9500 grant. That I don't have to pay taxes on that is authorized by Heath & Human Services. I maintained a skeptical tone and the call just disconnected, undoubtedly because he wouldn't be able to collect personal information from me. Please beware (ARRA Grant Scam). If someone wants to send you money from an official source, they should have your address and mail it you. Don't give them your address. The worst thing that could happen is that they don't send what they promised but there's no identity impact.
Yesterday my phone started ringing... the number started with a + sign and said Egypt. I usually don't answer my phone but for some reason I did. It was a guy with a foreign accent saying that he worked with the US government and I was going to receive 9000 dollars from them. He gave me a confirmation number and told me not to TELL ANYONE! That after he asked me a few questions he wanted me to call his supervisor at the treasury department. By the way besides my name, phone number, and email address every bit of the information he said to confirm was ALL WRONG! BUT he said "you are probably wondering why you were chosen" and of course I said yes.
He told me that I got picked from a demographic survey and I was getting this money because I pay my taxes on time, I don't have a criminal record, I am a single mother and because I fall into the low income bracket. I thought it was TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE! But at the same time I thought it was a BLESSING that I needed so very much...
I got his name - he said it was Mark ** and his extension number was **. I asked him if that was his real name because of his accent I knew there was no way that it was! But he made everything sound so convincing that I hung up with him and call "the treasury department" 315-281-9371. This guy basically said all the same things but said he would stay on the phone with me till everything was complete and I had nothing to worry about - that in 10-15 minutes I would be getting my 9000 dollars! He said after he made sure everything was correct- that I was the right person getting the money he would tell me what to do next.
First he said "you can either get your money through MoneyGram, Western Union," or my bank account. He asked which I preferred - I said "MoneyGram". So then he starts telling me some crap about the taxes in Georgia and how it won't allow them to send the money to me unless I do this ONE TIME REGISTRATION. So in order to do the registration I would have to buy a $200 iTunes card. When I told him that there was no way I could pay $200 - he then said "well I can still do it for you if you purchase a $100 card." So after I purchase it and do the registration then that would activate the MoneyGram so they could receive the money from the bank and I would be reimbursed for the $100 or $200 iTunes card plus the 9 grand!!!
I got off the phone with him because I was going to try to borrow the money since I was about to be getting 9 thousand dollars so he told me to call him back. When I did try to call him back it said the Google subscriber you are trying to reach is unavailable. He called me back- I asked him why they couldn't just take out the taxes outta the MoneyGram instead of buying that card. I asked him to just send me a paper check. He kept saying he couldn't till I did that registration. I asked him where he worked at again and he said for the United States government - the federal grants department. And both the guys kept saying that our call was being monitored by the FBI and that our call was being recorded. At the end of the call - I didn't have the money to do it - thank God. So he said that I could do it today... which didn't make sense because they kept saying today was transaction day.
I was called by a phone number 202-976-7581 and told that I have won a grant for $9,000.00. I asked him how and he gave me the phone number 202-754-9863 and I was to give him a code and ask for Peter **. I called and they said he was Peter ** and I asked what kind of grant and where did it come from and he said the American Recover Act and asked me if I had any crimes. He said, "Hold on and I will get your file." He asked for my first name and when he came back he asked how I wanted the money and I said by check. He then asked for my address. I told him I wanted to do some research and I would call him back. I did not give him any more info and I did not give him my address. It sounded like a scam and I believe it is.
I received a call today by name Kelvin ** and said he is calling from the US Federal Grant Department and FBI, who informed me that I have just received $7000 through a grant because I never file bankruptcy, pay my taxes and has no criminal record. I asked her if this was a scam and she said no. She asked to verify my address and continued to asked how would I like to received this money whether through my bank account or through MoneyGram or through Walmart. I said 'Walmart'. He gave me another call back number 2064515153 and gave me a Grant Confirmation no# AQ106.
I was very excited to hear and so first I called my husband to inform him so. He asked me to Google and I found this page full of people getting cheated and information being misused. I got a call back again from Kelvin and I blasted him for being fraud. Kelvin was so confidently talking that I wondered if I was incorrect. Friends thank you for sharing your information/story, I got saved from scam.
I received a phone call with a man whom doesn't have an English accent. He stated that he was US Treasury and had information from the health department. That back in 2008 there was a crash and I was eligible for a grant of $9,000 because I was in a category of being a single male, single female with children or I worked for the government or a received funds from the government.
He then asked if that's correct. If I was either single, had children or work for the government etcetera etcetera. I replied yes because it was true. He then asked me if I would need the $9,000 for a good reason such as reconstruction of a home, paying off bills or in need of a new car. I replied yes. He then asked me if I was employed or unemployed and what my circumstances was. At this point my flag went up, actually my second flag and replied that I am not working and I'm taking care of my parents so $9,000 would help me a lot since I can't buy groceries or pay bills right now.
Thinking he would have a heart and to know at this point this is a scam not to continue and save faith. He continued by asking if there's a Walmart or a Walgreens or anything next to me that I might be able to receive the money by MoneyGram. I replied yes and then his next exclamations were how I was selected buy a random survey Across the Nation and then told me that I needed to go down to one of these locations and get a registration card for $220 so that I don't have to pay the New York tax, the California tax and then I would receive $9,220 in hand in 10 minutes.
After this long conversation about 20 minutes I agreed and I told them that I love them and God bless them and "Thank you so much because you're saving my life," and he still said, "I'll be expecting your call." These people are evil. I'm in a destitute situation. I live in a very unhealthy way because I can't afford to live anywhere else and people like me are getting scammed and it's very sad that those scrape together any kind of money thinking that the US Treasury or health department will be giving them a grant because they are destitute.
If I didn't work for the government I probably would have fell for it. I am that destitute. The most disturbing and scariest part is that they knew my address and my last name and my phone number! Here is the information that they gave me and one phone call prior to the next one that I had to call to verify with a senior accountant. $9000 dollars. ** Senior accountant phone# 2026561024. Health dept. Walgreen CA license. Chris ** The last and silly flag was the fact that the man could not barely speak English and his name was Chris **. Hahaha. I'm sorry for the people that are so broke, they aren't paying attention to the flags, that actually go through with this.
I have been getting several phone calls per day from foreign-accented people who want to give me loans or grants. Yesterday I spoke with a heavy accented fast-speaking "Franky" Mac ** from the U.S. Federal Grants Dept. I had been chosen to receive $9000 because I pay my taxes on time, have not been convicted of a crime, and have good standing in my community. (Boy! They don't know me!) They gave me a money activation code #TL107 and a call-back number: 646-632-1162. Franky's number was 646-632-1351 x **.
Today (April 18, 2017) I called those numbers only to find that they are not in service. I had already given them my bank info and checking account number that is currently active. Today I called my bank and found out that no money had been removed - yet. I then created a new account but cannot close out the old account until all the direct deposits have been notified and changed. For the next several weeks I have to keep a close eye on my account to prevent the scammers from getting away clean by withdrawing from my account. Lesson learned. Beware of anything free because nothing is really free in this world. We receive what we pay for. Hopefully, this will help other seniors from falling into this kind of false giveaway pretense.
I currently reside in NJ, I came here from Florida. Today @ approximately 1:21 P.M. this guy calls me, "Hi my name is Steve ** and since you've been a wonderful citizen, no criminal record in 6 months," and I pay my Bills on time, etc... the list goes on. So Steve finally tells me after getting my hopes up, first the only remaining requirements of receiving this grant from the government was I had to purchase an Apple iTunes card and pay them the government "Steve **" $200.00 OMG. THEY HAD MY HOPES UP SO HIGH, I CRIED. I couldn't believe these heartless people, lying to be working for the government and "giving" away grants. In all reality, they are stealing other people's money that we do not have. It's sad to have such marketing going on like this. Something needs to be done. His name: Steve ** badge I.D # gov **. Money tracking # is also available. I just want to know if this a scam or real? Thank you very much.
Had some fun with this! I listened to the person then told them I teleported to Walmart to pick up my 9K but said that I was strapped for cash and asked if they could front me the 200 for the card out of the money they were going to grant me. The operator said they cannot do that so I told the operator I was struggling with an addiction and that I really needed the money. I then became desperate and said I was sleeping on the streets and 9k could help me wipe my ** in the cold for a very long time. Don't waste your time with this people. I spent entirely too much time fabbing up this story to tell them.
Today, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, I received a call with a 202 area code. I almost didn't answer (because out-of-area calls are usually scams). I was addressed by name, by a man named Mark **, clearly not a American accent. Phone number 202-783-4543. Mark told me all of the same scam info that other people in these reviews have experienced. Free money $10,200 from the US Government, blah blah blah. I was very suspicious from the start, but I continued to listen, my interest was high but suspicion didn't change.
After Mark and I finished our conversation, I was told to call another number immediately, 202-552-3775, it was answered by a woman also with a different accent than I had ever heard. Her name supposedly is Jane **, Ext. **. Jane explained all of the hoops I had to go through to receive a MoneyGram 10,200. I was to go to a local market to deposit $200 into a gift card. I told them, "I don't understand why I have to give money to get money." Jane started to get annoyed with me and kept repeating the same script, I said, "You aren't answering my question by repeating everything over and over." I told Jane I would go up to my local Walmart and follow her instructions, she told me to call her before I get inside the store, I didn't. Jane said that the store clerk can't help me and she will give all the information.I was at the front desk when I called Jane back. The clerk overheard my conversation with Jane to put 200.00 in a iTunes card. "WMC said that is a scam." I hung up and thanked the WMC for letting me know (although in my gut I knew it). I shortly called Jane back and told her she should be ashamed of herself for scamming people. I hung up, came back home. Although I was one of the lucky ones, believe it when your gut is telling you, "This is to good to be true" --
BELIEVE IT!!! There are horrible people out there that would sell their family to make a buck.
I received a call yesterday from a lady whose name is Esther ** from the US Federal Grant Department who informed me that I have just received $7000 through a grant because I never file bankruptcy, pay my taxes and has no criminal record. I asked her if this was a scam and she said no. She asked to verify my address and continued to asked how would I like to received this money whether through my bank account or through MoneyGram. I said 'MoneyGram ". She said "great." She transferred me to a Alvin ** at 206-929-6913 who informed me that all I need to do is purchase for the activation fee which is $300 and once I received the money it should be a total of $7300.
He said once I get to Walmart before I get into the store to call him and he will walk me through the process to pay for the activation fee because I cannot purchase it in Walmart. You do not pay to receive money from MoneyGram. That was the biggest red flag that I spotted and informed me that the money is a one time grant and I do not have to pay back. One thing I know, the federal government agencies do not call anyone not even IRS. I can assure anyone who receive these call are scams. Folks pay attention. We are coming to the end of the tax season and these people are out to get your hard earn tax money and then disappeared. As I read the reviews ahead of mine you can realize the pattern. All of the claims have a different telephone number to reach them. PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND BE SAFE!