Fake Government Grants — Real Refunds

Share this page

money wrapped in a red bow made to look like a giftNearly 23,000 people who lost money to scammers promising they could help them get free government grants will be getting $1.7 million in refunds, thanks to the efforts of the FTC.

Here’s what you need to know to avoid a similar scam:

  • Don’t give out your bank account information to anyone you don’t know
  • Don’t pay any money for a “free” government grant
  • Know that scammers can fake phone numbers to look like they’re calling from Washington, D.C.

If you have to pay money to claim a “free” government grant, it isn’t really free. A real government agency won’t ask you to pay a processing fee for a grant that you have already been awarded — or to pay for a list of grant-making institutions. The names of agencies and foundations that award grants are available for free at any public library or on the Internet. The only official access point for all federal grant-making agencies is grants.gov.

Read Government Grant Scams for more.

Tagged with: free, government, scam
Blog Topics: 
Jobs & Making Money

Comments

What can we do? I want money back. Anybody know how to go about this? Im lost and feel helpless

this morning i recieved a call from a lady saying that i had won 7000 for being a good citizen paying my bills on time. they had me load a prepaid money card with 255 dollars in it. i did it and then after i gave them the pin to access the card they told me that something was wrong with the funds. that the IRS wasnt letting them release the money because i have never recieved a grant before and they were taxing me 900 before relasing the check. there is it 255 dollars of my hard earned money down the drain. becareful people this is not a joke. dont me ignorate during desperate times. 206 866 5705. becareful

I jus got a call today telling me that I have been awarded of 9920 today but before I received it I have to pay the amount of 300.00 to the western Union bank, I was so excited when I heard about that I even left my class today and I call my dad and he told me that it was lie I should not buy it, but I still wanted to fin out so I call the number they give me the information to sent the money to stanley, but thanks to God and my day who saved me from their bullshite!!! Be aware of 2026979849

I was called like 30mins ago and was told that i was selected by the government and due to he fact that i have a clean record and that i was going to be given 9400$ the lady with very poor English gave an account# and a phon# (360-214-3317) i dont know if its a scam or not help?

Here I am struggling to find employment for almost six months now and I received a telephone call on today from some one who speaks very, very, very, poor English. Ironically it also happens to be one day before Thanksgiving and I am just about to being preparing my desserts and prepping for tomorrow menu. The call came from a blocked number in which they made 4 attempts to reach me. The first time, when I answered the phone it hung up, the second time when I answered the phone it rung as if I was the one who placed the telephone call to them. When the person came on the line I could tell it was a male but I could hardly make out what he was saying through to his poor English; therefore he hung up. Several hours later I received the call again for the third time but it hung up as it had done the first time. About 30 minutes later the call came again and it was a better English speaking person but you can tell that English was not the main language. Nevertheless, all of this was odd because I never receive that many phone calls in any one day. The man on the line informed me that I was chosen to receive a government issued grant for paying my taxes and bills on time. He stated that he was calling on behalf of the US. Government Grants Department and my grant amount was to be for $5,700.00 He said this he went on to say say my name and my email address. I agreed that it was correct. He asked would I be interested in the free money and of course I said yes. But I asked him what were the attachments? He stated no attachments and that I did not have to pay back the money or claim it on my taxes b/c it was a grant and free. (As if I did not know what grant status meant) Any who, He asked me for verification information "to ensure I was who I said I was" he wanted to know my age and that my email address was correct. He also wanted to know if I was self-employed or an employee? He informed me that they are not allowed to ask for my banking information b/c of the many scams and schemes that occurs; therefore, he asked me how many minutes do I live from a CVS or a Wal Mart? He asked that I go to CVS purchase a Green Dot Money Back Card for $4.95 b/c the money have to be loaded onto that card since they were not allowed to take personal information such as bank account or card card account info. He informed me to call him when I get into the CVS parking lot so he could walk me through the process. In order to receive the money he wanted me to expand the credit amount to be allotted on the card b/c upon purchase the maximal amount could only be $500.00 Therefore, they wanted me to pay $130.00 to expand the limit to $6,000.00 so they could load the "$5,700.00 grant" onto it. Of course, I was completely suspicious. So I begin asking questions. I asked for contact information, address, to speak with a manager. The following information was provided.

Telephone number: 214.506.0166
Location: Call center in Dallas TX
Address: 200 Independence Avenue, Washington, DC 20201
Manager: Paul (spoke with him) He became hostile...
Call Representative: Michael Wilson (spoke to him)

Michael stated that over 3000 people was selected for this grant for the following reasons: Education, Disable, Over age and Paid taxes/Bills on time.

He stated that all applicants names would be aired on this Saturday night on FOX TV Chanel at 9:00 PM Eastern Time.

I was then told that I could go right away to a check cashing place to redeem all the money ($5,700 and the $130.00 that I was to place on the card)

Their story begun to come apart when Michael stated that I did not have to pay the check cashing place to get any of the money off the card. But when I spoke with Paul, I asked him how come you just can't mail the money to me. He stated that for security reasons they could not guarantee that the money would get to the right person if mailed which is why the green dot card had to be used. I then asked well why do I have to go to a check cashing place to get the money oppose to the bank and he said that the Bank will charge $9.00 in fees oppose to the Check cashing will be $2.00. (You see where they went wrong?)

So I asked how did they get my information they said that it was provided to them by the government. That the government collected the information from my tax return. To end this information, Paul "the manager" became hostile from all my questioning. So I told him that I would go to CVS. Before hanging up he said make sure you call me when you get in the parking lot before you enter the store b/c I do not want you to get the wrong card. When I hung up the phone and got dressed, I felt that something was not right so I got on the internet and google'd. "I received a call from someone who said that I was awarded a government grant and to purchase a green dot money back card". And this site of information can up. Therefore, I decided not to go and type this complaint. As soon as I being typing this complaint, Michael Wilson called private again and stated "Sarah we are about to close for the day, are you going to receive the grant money or not?" I said "I guess not" He stated "may I ask why" My reply "I have been looking on the internet and I just don't trust this or think its real". He then said. "Ok" and hung up.

When Paul was speaking in his hostel tone, he said if you don't want the grant just say so, so we can award it to another person.....

I hope this information helps someone. After all, I have stopped my thanksgiving cooking to write this up while all the facts were still fresh.

Happy Holidays.

I was called today from a man saying that he was with the federal government and that i was one of 75 other people that was approved for a $7,500 grant and he just needed to make sure he had the right information so that the money that. I was to recive would go to the right person. I was told to go to western uio. and i have to give them $300 dollars to recive my $7,500 and the thing that gets me is i just filled out my application for school one day ago so what i gather from this is our info is not being handled in the right manor. we as students need to have our info kept private between us as students and the school itself. I did not get scammed but i won't people to know this.The #202-683-9875 is the number that they called me from so please don't be the one for these thieves. Thank u and have a great night.

They called me today & they all most got me if I didn't goggle the number plus my girl was getting mad cause she knew they were a scam cause she heard them say something bout go get a greene dot money pak card an send them $ to get the 10,000 grant $

My husband received a call from an Internet # today. Some guy w/ a heavy accent who could barely speak English. He stated he had been approved for a Government grant of $10,000 and asked for his address, bank account & routing #. Without any hesitation lol my husband gave out his info (yeah big mistake). The guy then gave him a FAKE confirmation code of #F(and some #s) as well as another # that has a Cali area code (202). He was instructed to call and give the confirmation code to receive his money. He called and there was another guy with the same heavy accent and broken English. .he also asked for the same things again. Then he asked what the loan was for..my husband says "I need to pay some bills" (it's ok go ahead and laugh lol). The man says he will need to get a greendot moneypak w/ $190 on it. When asked why did he have to send money before getting the grant..the guy says because Georgia is not a free tax state (REALLY?). I tried telling my husband it was a scam, but he hushed me so that he could hear more about his $10,000 lol. Anyways he soon realized I was right and rushed to the nearest bank and changed all his info. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THESE PEOPLE ANY INFO! THEY ARE SCAMMERS!! They continue to call.

i received a call tonight saying i had been selected for a $10,200 grant. The initial number was
202-697-7222 then they gave me this other number and a confirmation number where they said call the other number give them the confirmation and they would give me more information. I called the other number and they told me that if i sent $180 it would go to charity then my money would be released. I declined. I knew that at no point would the government give me grant money that i had to pay for. they both had middle eastern accents.

be aware of the number 202-738-1655 also i didnt pay anything but i wanna help others by giving this number they called me just 5 minutes back and told me to call tommorrow morning i will see what they wanna tell........crazy fellows

who should I contact for help. I just recently get rip off by the same person. =(
Why am I so stupid..

They called me saying i won 10k grant cuz i have no criminal record and some other reason. Go to walmart and buy a green dot card load money and a tranfer for all the money will load.
First of all im a felon, and the real US gov would kno. When i asked y do i have to pay my money to recieve money. Sounds like a scam i said, and he said well its not its ur choice and hung up. So i googled it and found i was right

so i recived a phone call today from a man who tells me that tells me that i got a free 8400 grant, he will tell you all of your information: where you live your phone number wheather your employed or not, and tell you you need to hang up with him n call the same number he called from 12024703920 and speek with amanda lee she will then go on with this speel and towards the end of it she then informs you that you will need to donate 215 dollars before you can get the 8400. she will tell you that the money is being donated to the homelss vets, the homeless children and the americacn red cross, if you ask amanda lee to speek with her supervisor, she argues with you puts you on hold for ten min, then a man gets onthe phone to tell you that you need to load the money to a green dot card so the bank can recive it. ITS A SCAM, the goverment will NOT call you n tell you u are getting a 8400 but you have to pay money first, if you havent put in for a grant there is no way you are eligable for one. So please people please dont give these monsters any of your information!!!!

Please be careful. Carol Adams from the us government grant/personnel.org. Scammers. My fiance is accepted for $8000 "free grant money" only if I load a green dot money card with $250 on it and give them the card number and pin number. No....free grant money doesn't involve putting money on a green dot card and paying to have it processed. Don't be a victim

214-347-9848 and 518-821-9848 these are the #s of the people who called me with a $50,000 grant they could only transfer 42,000 the other 8,000 needed to be picked up at western union but I needed to send $200 first they even called from Bank of America but I called the# back they spoke perfect English and have no middle easterners working there

I gave my card info but that's it will they take my money?!

Just received a call and while the person was telling me about it, I kept him on the line while I looked up the phone number and any information he would offer, leading me to this site. When I found this, I simple said, "Shame on you, I hope you have your day of reckoning, sir!" and hung up the phone. Use your resources and try not to make uninformed decisions. I was very tempted as we are in dire straits financially, but as has been said many times, "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is."

December 14, 2013 Today I received a call from and unknown number from a woman with a Middle eastern accent who claimed to be named Stacy Johnson. She told me that I had earned a grant of a 10,200 dollars for being an outstanding citizen and paying all my bills and never declaring bankruptcy all I had to do was give them my bank account information and a routing number and I could receive this once in a lifetime grant as long as I did not spend it on drugs gambling or alcohol. Then I was told a conformation number and a phone number (206-866-5693) so I called the number and the guy on the phone with a middle eastern accent who said his name was Jake Will told me to call back in 15 min so I called back and after an extensive hold I finally got him on the phone and he tried to tell me because we were having phone problems that it was my fault and that He was concerned if it was a prank call I assured him it was not and then he commenced to telling me the same information that the lady told me from the previous call after he verified the fake information that I provided he told me that he would release my money after I paid him a one time fee of 185 dollars and then I hung up on him.

They call me today and told me that i was selected for a 9000 grant from the Gov. But the weird thing is that they told me that i fill up an application a time ago saying that i was on bankruptcy ( an i do remem
bered i fill up an application for that). But they knew my whole name, my old home address, and the town where i'm living now,
And it sound true and all, but they told me to go to western union and brough $310 to get the 9000
But they will give back the 310=9310, so i really dont know if is true plis help me

This just happened to me!!! I almost fell for it, thank GOOGLE I didn't!!! the number was 202.407.9059 and they gave me some 5 digit/letter confirmation code, and had some of my info already. They said they were the US grant dept and even made me call back to confirm it wasn't a scam. BUT IT WASSSSS

Pages