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money in the shape of a present with a bowFree grants for regular people? The chance at some string-free money might seem like a godsend. But promises of free grants are just another scam to get your money.

That was the case with Cash Grant Institute, the FTC says. In fact, the man behind the scam — Paul Navestad — was ordered to pay more than $20 million. But he didn’t. So today the FTC announced that a federal judge has ordered Navestad to be jailed until he pays up. 

Here’s the backstory: Cash Grant Institute told people they’d already qualified for grants — up to $25,000 — that were readily available from federal, state, and local governments, private foundations, and wealthy individuals. But the grants didn’t exist, the FTC says. Instead, people were sent to sites that charged them for general information about getting grants. Even after paying, very few people qualified for any kind of grant, and those that did found it was a long, difficult process.

If that wasn’t enough, Cash Grant Institute also was a massive robocalling scheme, making more than 8 million robocalls — almost a third of them to numbers on the Do Not Call Registry.

In addition to the importance of filing a complaint about illegal robocalls, here’s what you need to know:

  • 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.

A real government agency won’t ask you to pay a processing fee for a grant you’ve 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

If you think you've been a victim of a grant scam, file a complaint with the FTC at You also can report it to your state Attorney General. Read Government Grant Scams for more.

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yea I just got a call from 799-841-5632 after his rehearsed speech and a promised 7000 payout after calling 206-201-2377 and giving this code TM001 some money would come my way. yes there are people who have no Soul.

Aw wow, I'm so glad my wife is smarter than me because I damn near fell for this crap, a guy, heavy accent named jeremy gave me same story as all the above #202-470-2624, they nice said what kind of prepaid card to get but that it had to be a visa MasterCard, etc because I wasn't going to give these people my bank account (wifey would have killed me) we called the ftc and that's how I'm here writing this, I hope that this help others not get caught out there and lose there money times are to hard to be playing these games, I wish I could catch these fools and give them a beat down.

We have been getting up to 5 calls per day for past 2 weeks, usually the hang up (all from Aberdeen, WA.
360-533-7349) When they DID speak, it was poor English & then hang up.
TODAY they called to tell me that I was the recipient of a FREE grant of $9,000 that the were with the US FINANCIAL GRANT DEPT. They had my name, address & zip, and confirmed them. They then asked how I would spend they grant (for their records) I then said that before any further discussion that I needed a phone number to call and verify. They told me I could call the Accountant MARK CASPER at the US TREASURY DEPARTMENT. 253-843-6148. I reverse number looked-up searched & it only said was a LANDLINE, in Roy, WA.
Called the number, Mark CASPER answered with the "US DEPARTMENT of Treasury, Mark Casper, how may I help you"? He had a thick forgien accent. I hung up & called FTC and filed complaint.

I just received a call from an Unknown number. The person on the other line was someone with an Indian accent telling me that was calling from Washington and that I had just won a 9,000 dollar grant. Of course, I didn't believe him, and told him that I was very busy working and to not call again. And he say, but don't you want your grant? To what I said, I don't believe I've won a grant, because I haven't apply to receive any money and that I don't believe the government would just handle me 9,000 dollars as a gift without applying. He did not know what to say, but tried to kept me on the line. I obviously hand up. People be ware of this Indian accent people that call all the time trying to rob you. I've also recieved a call the other day about my windows computer that was currupted, and they needed to fix it. I have an apple pc. Beware people, be ware. Just think a little bit, why is it always someone with a heavy accent most of the time from India calling you and telling you about all these free money and stuff. I don't believe that people that get scammed are stupid, the scamers just hit us when we are down and we need a hand to get up. They take advantage of us all that way.

Twice today 07-24-14 I received calls in regard to a $9,200.00 US Grant. The callers heavy accent was clue #1 it was a scam. If the US Government won't extend unemployment benefits to a US citizen after only 6 months, who has been laid off after working over 40 yrs. for the Navy and then sequestered, please, that was clue #2. The scammer called back about a hour later, said the same scam about paying taxes on time, clue # 3, I still owe taxes. I then proceeded to blow my whistle into the hand set, when I got the third call. I'm hoping their ears are still ringing. We all have to out wit these thugs. After all we Americans will and can take them down, just don't let them scam you.

I found a part time driving job on Craig's list in Atlanta. The job requirements were to pick a mans wife up at the airport and drive her around Atlanta. Then make sure she was settled into her hotel. He was paying me $ 3000.00 to do this. OK so I told him I would do it. He said he would send me 1400.00 of the money and I will take 700 of it aand send the rest to him so he could get the meds that his wife needs. He did send a check by was on regionsbank so itook it to them and they said it was a scam.I new this. So I called this man and told him the account number was no good. He said he would have his accountant send me another one but in the meantime go ahead and send him the 700. I said OK. So I waited and I called him back and told him I got a pawnshop to cash it for me and I decided to keep all the money. This man went ballistic on me. I said how does it feel to be scammed by your on scam. Made my day.

Well got call about 15 mintes ago stating that goverment granted me money and it is $9,000 and then she said find I can use a credit card. and told her don't have one them nather. The she said heres a number to call back. she called from 202-697-9006 and its a cell phone. and she gave me number to call 202-738-1247 and a file number MC 237 WHICH TO FISHY TO ME.

I just received a phone call from 308. And last week from a no called ID. They said my name completely wrong, and then said i am one of the few chosen for a free grant of $9,000. I politely said no thank you and have a good day sir and he said "no no no listen to me", then i said im at work and he sarcastically said "oh you're busy?" and i mentioned how he called me last week and i said no thank you and i asked to be taken off the call list.
If you ask to be taken off the call list they have to.
So hopefully i don't receive anymore calls.

I was called yesterday and was told I was eligible for a free grant and paid the 250 but they want me to pay another 500 because they said ohio has to verify that it is me. After reading these needless to say I am not paying the 500. I can't believe how stupid I was to fall for it. How can I get these people in trouble and get my money back?

My mother just got a phone call from 2026846981 labour receiving 9000. I called them back and the Lady said .ro put 240.00 dollars on a green dot card .ro receive it. Total scam. Avoid any phone calls from a 202 area code.

I just received a call, that I was chosen out of 1700 people in my city for a grant worth $7,200. I asked why, they said it was because I payed my bills on time and paid my taxes. That right there set off a red light, seeing I am on disability and do not pay taxes. The original number came up know. I asked them for a phone number of the person who is in the government that decided I deserved this loan. The woman, who was working out of a call center, that I know for a fact, cause it sounding like they were working in the stock market it was so loud I could barely hear the woman. She told me to call her manager and gave me a bogus number that was disconnected. The number they gave me was area code (202) 697-9328. They also gave me the supposedly winning grant money account number. I have already called and filed a complaint. The gentleman I spoke with gave me the web site for the ftc, which I looked around and lead me here. I figured I would put my input in so people would be aware. I do not believe in anything unless it comes in a government letter. anything over the phone, unless I have spoken with the person and I know are legit, I stay away from, and call and put in a complaint immediately. If you receive one of these scam calls, I would call (800) 447-8477. That is the number I called and put in a complaint.

Thanks for your comment. The number you called to complain is the Health and Human Services federal agency. It's best to complaint to us, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at 1-877-FTC-HELP or online at

I got a call from an Indian man saying he was calling from the US Government offering me a $9000 grant for school. I told him, if he was in fact from the US Government, then he would have my address and to send me the information and That I do not do business over the phone and hung up on him. Total scam, I am glad I found this website to confirm.

202-697-9006. They called cell Friday and just now. Don't answer calls don't recognize caller. So will never answer these calls. Why do they bother. Working on putting together a White House Petition in next few weeks and will add these clowns as an example.

I have been getting various calls on my cell number. Every time I answer they hang up but this time they said I was picked to get a 7,500.00 grant and it was never to be repaid from the government. I could hardly understand the man and when he asked for my credit card I told him this was a joke and I didn't own a credit card, so just send me one!!! I hung up on him as he was saying its not a joke. I got a second call from a lady on my cell and I told her if she wanted to talk to me to call my house phone because I couldn't understand her on my cell. She took my number but never called back!!!! They were def. not from here.

2020001111 just called me saying I've been chosen to receive $9000 in grant money for paying my taxes on time and having no criminal record. There was 3 ways to receive my money; 1) straight to my bank account 2) forgot the second one 3) through western union. Call got disconnected shortly after I was listed my options. Female foreigner.

I just received a call from 202-697-9006 telling me I was chosen to receive a grant from the government in the amount of 9,000 that I never have to repay. I told her I was reporting her to the FTC and she said okay this a true call. I asked her how she lived with herself praying in innocent people! She kept saying this is real I don't pray. I told her to never ever call me again and hung up.Female foreigner, heavy accent.

good afternoon I am on my 6th phone calls from these people the first time I won ( 9200..9000...) I was approved for this grant and selected out of (1,500.. 15000) people .. I've read each post and it happened the same to me.. I told him that I worked with the IRS.. And he asked me.. " Are you sure?". I said 100% sure.. He hung up!

202-738-4158. Or. 253-843-6148

This is ridiculous.. And I am beginning to think they got my info from a job search website.
Stay safe..don't fall for it,!
If you buy a diamond mine for 10 cents, chances are you'll own a mine worth a dime.

They just called me. Indian woman said I was getting a $9k grant due to paying taxes on time, being under or unemployed anytime in the last few years and or being a single parent. They are all true. I asked her repeatedly and got a call back number (253) 843-6148 and she said to talk to her manager, Andrew. I just called him and asked what company he works for and he said it wasn't a company but a government department, the Grants Department. SCAM

I just got the same call regarding a government grant. This is the second time I’ve received this phone call. The phone number’s caller ID is unknown. The caller identified himself as Jack Morris and said that I had been accepted to receive a $9,000 grant from the US Government. I played along for awhile and he gave me a confirmation number of G1235. He then got frustrated with me and hung up the phone.

Is the BBB doing anything to address this fraud? Is the fraud department at the government grant office addressing this issue?

It appears this is an ongoing scam that has been around for several months. I think it’s time someone with the ways and means to fix this does their job.

I received this same type of call today.A woman who basically could not speak English at all said she was from the Dept of Health & Safety or she said the Health Dept~She said I had been randomly chosen for the Government to give me 14,000 dollars, but it can only be spent for home renovations education or paying off my car.I could tell she was attempting to read a script. when I asked her to tell me the name of the program and to give me a number to call back to verify, she got quiet and hung up. Then a few mins later I get A call back from A man with an obvious Indian accent telling me he was an account manager. I told him they better take me off their call list this is a scam. he nervously said ok and hung up, but the disturbing part is they rattled off all my information. full name address and that I am a homeowner. I recently installed home phone service, landline service. I am assuming that is what flagged them to me but not sure.

I told "Simon" that it sounded like a scam and to please remove me from whatever list he was calling from. He started laughing so I hung up. The craziest part is, HE CALLED BACK! He told me I'd have to call the treasury department to be put on their do not call list.

Got a call on my cell today from a number 1033 unknown. I answered and was told I was selected for a grant of 9000 for paying my taxes, no criminal record and no bankruptcy. Was instructed to call back to 206-801-1924 with a permission number of MA107. I called just to see what this was. I was told it was a grant from the us treasury health and human services dept. I could receive the money in my bank acct visa MasterCard or western union. Of course I chose western union because I wasn't giving my bank acct number to anyone with a heavy foreign accent. Then I was told I would have to pay $170 for the federal reserve bank in New York to process the transaction. When I asked for a phone number to call and verify this wasn't a scam I was told it was not a scam but he didn't have permission to give out phone numbers. I told him I thought it was a scam and I was going to research this and call them back. He assured me it was not a scam but of course I knew it was and have no intention to call back. I wish there was some way to catch these heavy accented thieves and make them really pay all they have scammed people out of. Thankfully I wasn't one of them.

I received a call from Washington DC 202-657-5633 at 11:35 AM AZ time on 11/26/2014. The lady on the line told my wife we were receiving the call because we pay our bills on time. My wife handed me the phone. The caller with a heavy foreign accent said that she was with the US Federal Grant Dept. I asked if this was an actual Federal Agency or a company utilizing a similar designation. She said that she was with the verification Department of Human and Health Services. I asked the purpose of the call. She replied, "You have been selected to receive a $9000 Grant. This grant is not to be paid back and is not taxable. I was selected randomly due to regular payment of bills. " I questioned the Department of the government this was under. I was told their operation was under the Department of the Treasury. She indicated she was with the verification department. She asked if I was a name similar to mind. I gave my name . She asked if I lived at an address that was incorrect, I gave the correct address. She gave me 4 different ways to receive the money. All but one was going to lead to a bank account number. I chose certified check to home address, as I felt that was less threatening. I did not give any account or SSN, nor was I asked for them. I was then told I had cleared verification. I was told that I would need to call back to the financial department , they handle the release of funds. I did not call the number which I had been called from, 202-657-5633. Instead I called my local congressman's office. I explained I was looking to see if this was a scam, as I suspected, or legitimate. I was given the website, where I could file a complaint. I went to the website and only saw complaints. At this point I wasn't sure if I had a complaint or not. Not finding any contact phone number on the site, I decided to call the FBI. After telling my story, I was assured that this was a scam. They took my information and asked that I also call the FTC and file a report. I did so and was told to call in using a reference number if I should receive additional contact. This is the most complete scam call ever. A lot of correct information was provided as well as the details which raised questions. DO NOT GET CAUGHT UP IN THIS SCAM.

I got 4 missed call from unknown number. I finally answered. The man said I was picked along with 1500 other people to receive a government grant if I buy a green dot money pac.I really considered doing it until I read this site. With 4 kids Its a rough time of year and any amount of financial help is overly tempting

Yea I was played yet I'm greatful for god revealing the truth he laid it on my mind to check the story out before making a mistake a guy name Oscar Perez claimed he was the treasure for the government and we spoke for a hour he claims that this isn't no hoax or a scam and yet I prayed for proof and here I am mad disappointed because like everyone else Christmas is coming up shortly and prices are higher for most without a good job n some case no job but income that barely gets u buy I had to call him from this number 202-7381434 and yes gave me a conformation number starting with 2 letters then told me the only way I could receive my grant money was to buy a green dot card I was suspicious ly asking him tons of questions why the government pick me and why are they doing it this way he said that people complained about not getting they're check I said why not wire it he then said can't do that to much money n they have busines with green dot because they donated money with green dot

I just received a phone call from a blocked caller that told me I was selected to receive a federal grant of $7000 I didn't quite understand what her name was but she told me my information and gave me a number to call back so I called and a heavy Indian accented woman told me I would have to just buy a prepaid green dot money PAC card and have $150 minimum to recieve the money just to call her as I bought the card so before I even thought about it I called three different banks and told the about what was going on and they all said it was a scam they would of just gave me the grant money if it was real no need to put money the number is 2068556759

I want to apply for a grant.

I got scam for $230 today I was speaking to a guy named James and they said I won a federal grant loan for 7,000 pay $230 to a charity and they will forward the money in 30minutes to my card I didn't give them my social or bank account # but they was calling me and they said go to a moneygram cuz western union there's a delay after I sent them the $230 they said that the IRS put it on hold and that Ii have to pay 8% of 7,000 which was $579 and was about to but didn't I looked this up on Google and realized what I was reading they also said they close at 7:30pm they sounded like they were from Pakistan or India I lost $230 and thought I was gonna have 7,000 I should've been googled this cuz they wouldn't of gotten $230 from me the # they call me from was 1206-801-5387 1213-438-9863

I recieved a few of these phone calls. They sound like they are from India or middle eastern accent All from D.C. Area. I think these people are either from "Acorn" Obama's group. Or Liberal Lunatics. "Celebrate Diversity!" Like I don't know the government can't send checks or prepaid cards of any amount ($7,000) and I worked for them... HAHAHAHAHA!

I just received a call from, James Brown and his number 2068011730, telling me i have been awarded a grant from the U.S. government of $10.000 and all i have to do is purchase a green dot card for $4.95 and i have to put $220 for the transaction to be done and it will only take 10-15mins. He said,"i will have to call him first before i purchase the card,from 7 eleven."I told him since you got my grant jst take the $220 from it and give me the remaining, he still persisted i have to buy the green dot card.

I just received a call from, James Brown and his number 2068011730, telling me i have been awarded a grant from the U.S. government of $10.000 and all i have to do is purchase a green dot card for $4.95 and i have to put $220 for the transaction to be done and it will only take 10-15mins. He said,"i will have to call him first before i purchase the card,from 7 eleven."I told him since you got my grant jst take the $220 from it and give me the remaining, he still persisted i have to buy the green dot card.

Well we all know that this scam is real otherwise we wouldn't be here. Wish there were more comments on how to make them STOP CALLING ME. I have asked them 3 times today alone. I tried to block the numbers through my cell phone service provider but the 000000 numbers are apparently un-blockable. Wonder how many time I am going to be called when they know they have zero chance of success. As the scam probably pays a commission to these soulless peons, they probably just call another number after they HANG UP on me when I request they don't call me.

I got the same call from a man named Hunter 1 2027381123 said I won a grant for 7,000. And I was to go load a money pack card for $260 and then call him back and within 20 I would have my money.

Yes this just happened to me today. An indian man calling from an unknown number called told me that i was approved for a grant of about $7000. Verified my last name and address and gave me some verification number. Told me it was because i paid taxes on time and that i have not been in trouble with the government within the last 6 months. He said his name was Bruce Williams (ha). He then gives a phone number to call my "account manager" Roger Colton. I give him my verification number and he tells me to go to a 7-eleven or a rite aid to purchase a "identification voucher" for $265. Then take it to my nearest western union or moneygram location (while he is on the phone with me) and i will then pick up my grant money and be reimbursed for the $265 that i spent on the voucher. I will report them now. What they are doing is terrible and they deserve to be put away. I want to thank everyone who left comments about their experience so that people like me know not to believe these jerks.

Yup, just had this happen to me. My contact person was Mark Butler who spoke with a heavy middle eastern accent. Said in order to receive the free $9000 grant I needed to buy a money gram for $200. His number was 202-738-1580 X201. I told him if the money is mine and free just take out the $200 from the money he was going to send me. He said he was unauthorized to do that. I said I didn't have the money to send him and so he said to call him back when I get it. Ha! Whatever...

I got a call from some thick Indian accent named Jonathan Walls # (206)201-2185 and he claimed I won $9000 from some grant award program I proceeded to question him if he really is from the government for about 5-10 min he got fed up and laughed and said I scanned 20 stupid Americans today and hanged up.

i received a call from these guys, actually multiple calls over a number of days. I am no idiot and knew this was a scam. I made the decision that I would play along as long as I could without giving any information that could be used against me. For starters they asked for the last 4 of my SS#. I gave them a bogus number and they accepted it. I asked them where they were from and they said Washington DC. I said really, what is the temperature there. He said 4 degrees and I looked on and determined that he had no idea. I asked him about that and he started to swear at me. Then they called back. Anyway after many transfers and many 4 letter words from them I got to one man who was willing to talk. He told me everything. It is a company in Karachi Pakistan. He gets paid a salary to make these calls. He said he feels horrible about it but there are no other jobs. Felt bad for the guy but end of the day he was stealing money. he told me everything about his life there and said that he wanted to come to america but needed to save up enough money. he was 24 and was planning to get married in the next year. He explained how his government does nothing to create opportunity. again a sad story. So if it helps the FTC this is where the company is located. End of the day do I expect the FTC to do anything about They have bigger more important things to do within our boarders. But i do expect more of Americans, come on people. Do not fall for stuff like this. The US government sends checks, never give your information to any organization who you who don't know. Hope this is helpful, we are under attack in more ways than one. be defensive, no one just sends you money....

I just received a call from (202) 000-1111 tell me the Government want to give me a grant of $9000.00 that I do not have to pay back. They also gave me a grant number and phone number to call back 202-657-6018. In my 61 yrs, I have never heard of the government giving money away without a catch. I am grateful I had piece of mind to speak with my wife before offering my account number to a stranger over the phone.

They called me today from the same number, with the same grant offer and the number to call that matches your phone number. It is so odd to me that anyone would think I would believe them with the thickest India accent claiming to be from the US Treasury. I would love for it to have been true, but thank you for your details because I truly know they are just jerks scamming!

I just heard from these people too (claiming to be -variously - the "Federal Government Grant Department" or the "Winnings Department") - looks like they're still active! I submitted a complaint to the FTC, so hopefully they can track them down eventually and shut them down.

The number I was given was 202-738-1426, and the reps I spoke to were "Randy" and "Catherine", who wanted a $200 deposit for the $9000 "free grant money". Eventually they told me that I was playing with them and I needed to leave them alone, which I thought was quite ironic.

Incidentally, it seems to be the same company that kco54 reported yesterday. I called the number he gave, and it went to the same group of people.

The best thing to do is hang up the phone. Also, you can file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at The details you provide could be important if there's an investigation.

today i made 17.0000$ from two different oranization
really do you think am that stupid the treasury department is giving me money when i owe them.
you guys knocked at the wrong door or shall i say called the wrong #
i am amaze at how far they go,please be very aware of these piece of crap people will never stop

I just received a call from this number but didn't get to the phone in time just for laughs I tried to call it back but it wouldn't let my get through.

Beware, they are back. "Chester" was super rude, I told him I knew it was a scam, no one, not even the Government, gives away money...Government TAKES money, lol. Not only rude, but started talking dirty to me. REAL dirty!! I hung up. Will buy a whistle at lunchtime, and blast his ear drum if he calls again.

I just received call today from +00000000 and when I answered it was an Indian gentleman that was cutting out every 5 seconds like he was on a cell phone. He stated I was selected by the Government to win a free grant for $9000. I didn't get very far on the all after asking him to repeat himself about 3 times. I told him he was cutting out and would have to call back. He said ok, I'll call back and he never did. Beware of this call! It is a total scam!

I just received the call today from 202 666 1285. When they said I was randomly selected and that there was no paperwork, I thought, from this government??? Yeah right. The man told me it had to go straight to a bank account, gift card, Wal-mart card, seems like any card, but that there were no paper checks issued out to addresses. While I was talking to him, because I was still skeptical, I took my time so that I could research the number and the "Treasury's history of randomized grant giving." Turns out I found all of you! When I gave an old Wal-mart gift card number, he needed the expiration, which there was none so he kept questioning if I was giving him the right card or was it a Visa, xyz. He then wanted my address lol. I asked why now did he need my address and told him I wasn't interested. He said it wasn't his job to convince me and that's not what he was there for. He said he was just trying to get me the money from the government lol. Watch out people! So happy I saw this posting.

I too was told I've been awarded federal grant money. *I want to give a Great Thanks to everyone for your comments. We Americans need to stand together, stand our guard against fast free money that is going into the hands and strengthening of outside countries while our country (people) weakens. Thank you GREATLY for being here for me and so many others. I've received several calls from numbers I don't know. Then on the morning of March 31st I missed two calls from 360-207-0962, I was curious and called the number. I was told the federal government selected my number through a random drawing of people. ("Because you have successfully filed your taxes and with no criminal back ground and no bankruptcy in the past 6 months, the federal gov. wants to give you $8000."). I ?? him and he stumbled and then I got a reference number and instructions to call his senior account manager a 240-206-1985. It was odd to me that they repeated federal grant and federal government grant so many times and yet no other information was given. I ?? her as to how this is and what I have to do to get it. She said it from the Obama stimulus package to initiate economic spending. (I got to admit, I got a little excited) but I would not give them my credit or bank information and she said I can get cash from the western union all I have to do is call her back with $210. cash for the security hold and $9 -$10 transaction fee. The $210 will be refunded. Go to any western union right now and I can assist you with the transaction. I then told her I can not I was on my way to work. That gave me time to think and pray...And research online I found all of you... WOOOSH! dodged a bullet there!! Thank from Lucie

This April 8, 2015 I received same call from the so called US Treusaury Dept about a 10,000 grant. The same MO poor english middle eastern man. I told him up front I was not giving him any financial information. Of course, he said not problem because I could pick my money up from the Money Grant Store with a photo ID (HE SAID HE WAS OFFERING ME THE MONEY GRANT STORE TO MAKE ME FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE AND SAFE). After he gave me several approval nummbers, I was to call his manager at 206-317-1574. I knew this was a scam all along, I just wanted to see how far they would go and what you needed to do to get the grant. I called the manager, which was the same man, they put you on hold for a seconds and pass the phone to another person. I did not give any person I talked to any information. The already have you full name and address, age when they called. Bottom line they wanted me to send by western union $200.00. I said you must be crazy, just take it out the grant and hung up. I hope the helps others out there not to fall for the SCAM.


Just got this call about 30mins ago. Same thick accents. Male called then gave me a number to call w/ my money confirmation number. Was asked to go to money gram w/ 299.00 for verification process. Told me not to tell money gram about the grant because they would charge me fees on the 14,566.00 I would be getting. And I will also get my 299.00 back as well. I gave them my address because the one they had was old. I gave last 4digits of social. By the time I finished making questions, I realized something was fishy (besides the accents). I told them I needed 24hrs to come up with the cash. I regret giving them any info but I'm glad I caught on before it was too late. Same type of phone numbers and scam pitch. Also be aware of job scams. I was searching on snagajob and came across a job supposedly for Budweiser data entry. Applied for it and a few days later I received a call instructing me to downloaded yahoo messenger for the interview process. They sent me an offer letter and everything. Told me I would work from home for 2weeks until the new location opened. The address of the new site was actually a subdivision. They sent me a check for nearly 3000.00 for office supplies and told me to deposit it, then take a picture of the deposit slip for their financial records. Needless to say, the check is still in my possession. They will never get my account number. 2 scams in 2 weeks. What is the world coming to? This is ridiculous.


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