Another chapter in free grant fiction

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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I was scammed for 700.00 how do I file a complaint.

You can file a consumer complaint with the FTC at

OMG!!! I just received a call from them as well. I'm like this is the best day ever because I don't usually have good luck.. But I sure did think the heavens were opening up for me. They had all my information and gave me the " your name came up in our system" spill. I did give an account # (how stupid ik) but I did follow up with my bank and let them know about these people claiming to be from the Government, I will be filing a complaint as well. WATCH OUT FOR PRIVATE or BLOCKED CALLS!!!! Also this number of a person claiming to be a senior account manager...253-843-6148

Like omg I was told the same thing to buy a green dot card and upload 500 this is completely out pocket they messing with people heads giving them false hope they should go to jail for that

I just received a call from a person who said that he is calling me, that was picked out of a 6 month survey from the Federal government. In the amount of 92,000 dollars. This is the information he asked me to write down: 315-675-4060 and the confirmation number and ask for a Peter Walker178. Then he asked for my bank account number. That's when I hung up. I am a homeless disabled 58 woman. I was hoping that prayers was answered.

I just recieved a phone call from a indian guy by private number saying i have received a 9000 dollar grant from the goverment. Mind you he knew my name. I then asked why have i recieved such generous donation from from the government. The guy stated because i did not have a criminal record. In fact which i dont hmmm but this was feeling suspect. He then says he will need my bank information credit card info lol to confirm who i am. At this point he is getting frustrated because i begin to blast him with serval questions regarding his phone call to me and this goverment none sense then he hangs up in my face. Watch out people these people are good i just got a new phone with a new number two weeks ago and they called me by name hmmm. Todays date 11/6/15

We just got called too with the same song and dance that my husband qualified for a grant from the federal government again because he had no criminal record. Which he doesn't but still this is the third call we've received today from these people whom I can barely understand as it is. Next time they call I'm getting out the whistle !!

I just got a call too. Claiming I got a 11000 government grant because I never filed for bankruptcy. Bs I was so excited till my four kids started laughing as the Indian lady asked for any plastic card I had card numbers. Lol it came from a DC number. Messed up

12/4/15 just got a call from the same india accent scammers let them run the gammit...first a woman calls, says says you are one of 1500 people to recieve $9600.00 because i have no criminal record and pay bills on time.. just can't spend the money they give you on gambling, smuggling, or drugs. Give you a confirm number ask you to call the finance manager who proceeds to ask if you want the $$ depsited at your bank or "cash" wired to a Walmart of your choice..(said Walmart to see what happens) and he explains I must first fill out some paperwork for the grant that i will receive "same day" at Walmart and funds were already waiting for me but I must also first send the $260.00 security deposit while he waits with me on the phone and then wires me the $9200.00. First:red flag:you don't get anything from the gov't for free..Second:to pay money to get money...hmm!!

Can u tell me the number because I got the same thing today saying that I had money waiting for me but had to pay 250 as well and wait on the phone with him

I just got a call today... they had most of my information. They said I will receive a free grant for 14,566.00. They called from a Washington DC number. They also wanted me to pay $250.00 as well and wait on the phone with him at wal-mart. You don't have to pay any fees for a free grant. The number they called from is 202-455-6947.

I just recieved a phone call like this and they said i didn't have to pay anything then they told me that i had to pay 400 dollars to recieve the money. The number came up as an unknown caller. His name was DR Richard J Johnson and he gave me a website to go to, to look and see if it was a scam or not and when i typed in the web address and his name it came up something about rats. I wish there was somewhere that i could get a grant and dont have to pay to recieve it.

Well they called me ....If Gov knowns this why haven't they put a stop to this .... Well I gave debt card number but not the real acct as soon as I said I don't have 225 $ they end the call smh GOV GO GET THEM ....sad

Same happened to my wife today. Indian accent. Free money grant. My wife refused to give him his info. He said to her that she wasted his time. Scam.

I got a call from the same guy today twice. When I told him the US Government would never wire me money and to destroy my file he thanked me for wasting his time. At least in that time he couldn't scam another person. Glad I wasted his time. Here are the numbers from where the call came 646-093-7723 & 646-193-7723

Well, it has happened to me as well, but not with a grant, but a new car and a big sum of money. Wow, they are good and harassing! Woowee! I fell hard for it thinking I finally received my motherload and can finally have financial serenity. Well, they don't stop. It is insane!

I just had a call to. Wanted me to buy a fever card Put 250 on it then let her know so she can call the bank and add the money on it. Don't know????

If you buy a gift card and put money on it, but you tell someone the code from the card, they can take all the value immediately. You will have nothing.

I just received several phone calls from an unknown caller. By call #5 I picked up because I am waiting to here back from a final interview. I should have known better. Legit organizations have legit numbers!!! lol Indian ancient but calling from the US department of disrespect. the amount of my grant $14,566.00!! Well...Latty Latty!!!! lol! I told them I would call them back and went straight to google!!! They will not be receiving a call back!!! Thank you just ha ha ha!!!! LL

Oh my that's the same amount and the guy says he is Portuguese American Alex Foster... He says I won $14,500 for not having a criminal record nor filing bankruptcy & oh my I had to pay a $250 registration fee. Then they told me to call another # #James" to make sure that they "guide" till I receive the money. Here are their #s 202-864-0179 & 202-634-2315

I received the same called,explained how I was selected & all for $14,566.00 Individual Grant.I was to go to Wal-Green having my pic ID,Cell,Visa Card & $200 which would be refunded.Gave me a confirmation #,their names David Morgan & George Tucker,phone #s,address & badge ID #,even though The address & phone #s were different.

Told me they worked with NIH.Website  grants.NIH. gov. One address is Maryland & the other from Washington D.C.After talking with David,I guess he saw that they weren't getting anything,I gets a call saying the IRS was filing a lawsuit against me.

Please report this to the FTC at The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

(202) 930-1148. Just got the same call for $9200.00 grant for pickup @ Walmart.

I just received same call from 202-455-0408

I had the same phone call a couple of hours ago. Told me the same thing and I would have to pay $250 to receive the money but it would be refunded when I received the $7000. So she said she would stay on phone during transaction at Walmart and I would walk out with $7250.00. oh and she assured me this was no SCAM! Yeah right. She also said there were only 1500 people to be receiving these grants. The number that I had to call and give my conf number was 646-504-3790.

I am glad I came across this post because I just got a phone call with the same type of accent giving me the exact same story. I never gave out any information, but I just wish I could report them. The fact that there are people that are out there doing this sort of crap makes me sick.

I just got called for the same but dumb of me have them my last 4 digits of social and driver license number what do I do??

If you're concerned that someone might misuse your information, you can read the information at

This information is for people who think some of their information was exposed.

what happened to your situation? same thing happened to me

I just now got that phone call from a Indian guy calling himself Randy Johnson. He told me he had 7,600.00 waiting for me and all I had to do was to go to the locations mentioned. That's when I decided to check them out and found you guys. Thank you for documenting your experience.

Just received the same call from gentleman with accent I couldn't quite understand. 14,500 in fed grant money not to be spent on gambling or any illegal activities. Didn't give him my last 4 digits of SS# and I filed a complaint with the FTC.
Scammer phone# 204-556-7459
Watch out everyone, NEVER give anyone your personal info!

Thank you for reporting this to the FTC. The information you give goes into a secure database that law enforcement agencies nationwide use for investigations. The information helps law enforcement track trends, tactics and locations of scammers.

I just received a call from a person with an Indian accent stating that I had been chosen to receive a grant from the federal government fo $9,800. The call was from an "unknown" number. He had my name (not my legal first name) and address and asked that I confirm that information. I was given an ID # and instructed to call 202-670-5097 as soon as I hung up the phone to claim my money. He also asked if I'd like the money sent to my bank account, my credit card or Western Union. When I didn't call after 5 minutes, I received another call from Ann "unknown" number which I did not answer. I had recently been online in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep and had purchased a sample product for $4.95 (won't do that again). Less than 10 days later a charge for $79.95 was pending in my checking account from the same company. I called to cancel the subscription within the cancellation period and was told I would need to return the product mmediately at my own expense and the return would need to be received within 10 days or I could pay $35 and keep the "free" sample with no further charges. I disputed the charge with my bank and cancelled my credit card. I don't know if the two incidents are connected or not but I won't be buying any more samples in the middle of the night!

I got phone like that and they asked me to pay 350$ In CVS to get grant from government about over 9000$ . His phone number was not registrar and he transfers me to his manager by 315-203-5312 to talk how can I get this money. They catches my information from Facebook I bileve because they said my last name as in Facebook! I am going to call the police and reported.

You can also report this to the FTC at

The information you give will go into a secure database that the FTC and other law enforcement agencies use for investigations. The comments you put here on the blog don't go into the law enforcement database.

My husband just got a 3rd call from an Indian woman who almost at times sounds Asian and same scenario go to Wal-Mart register, call me when you are there. I MEAN REALLY WALMART, OH COME ON THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT DISBURSE FEDERAL MONEY FROM A PUBLICLY TRADED RETAIL STORE EVER, PERIOD. That would violate so many laws and polices. These are some of the dumbest scammers I have ever came across

I just got this same exact call... From a private number and was then told to call 2064450744. I told him i didn't have a bank & he told me i could get my 9000 from Wal-Mart money gram. Then he says i only have to pay $250 in a security deposit for myself and he'll stay on the linetil until i received my money...but here's the thing... I have a criminal record smh... So i knew it was a scam. Everyone be careful... I was really excited at first thinking i could finally put my life back together... What a huge let down... Please don't no one get tricked by this... I'm happy i googled it to see what was really going on...

I just got a call from a George butler saying I was pick from 19,000 people saying I was getting 9,000 but I had to send money to some John denial 250.00 to process my application, they crazy if I'm going to give up money don't give anyone money it's a lie he didn't even know my middle name who asked me that information if u know who I am it makes no sense. ..

Ditto this I got the call today 8/3/16. Same guy same spill . I work for a major national call center so I recognized a scam at hello with a foreigner and a number invalid as 111-111-1111. Reported at my end ! Wow scamming the elderly.

I got a call like this yesterday and they told me I was going to recieve 6,700 and asked how I would like to recieve my money..i asked them.if this was a scam and they assured me it wasnt so I said ok send my check in the Ill wait to see what I get take it to the bank to see if its real or not! But Im almost positive I got scammed..I wasnt going to give them any bank information.. My call was from a 646-568-7279 number..anyone have any input on this? Lol

On God i just got that call from that number lol smh scam

I got a call from the same number 6465687279. Didnt want to personal info juudt have to pay 250 at westrn. Is this real

If you get a call from someone you do not know, and he tells you to send money, do not pay.  Some criminals call people and say they will get or a prize or a grant, but really the criminal wants your money.

If you get a legitimate grant from the government, you do not have to pay money.

I got a call several times for the past few days from a # in Milwaukee, WI 414-763-2762 was transferred to 2nd person, then given a grant approval ID# to give to grant manager. Phone @ 1800-454-1390 Brok Banner.

They said Im receiving a grant for $14,566 because a survey I submitted online. I have been taking surveys and I hv applied for a few different grants. The last was a hardship grant since I've been I between jobs. The asked to various my name and address and DL# and last 4 of social.. I have a freeze on my credit and hv canceled all bank and card accounts I had couple months ago because while on vacation my wallet was stolen.

I told them this info after they said I had 3 options in receiving the grant $. Which was bank account, prepaid Visa card, or reloadable visa. I hv a grant approval# as well. They assured me that there is no fee at all to receive the grant. And said to check online at website to vary who they are and to call bk when I hv chosen which way I would like them to make the deposite...

Just wondering if this is a scam.. The website he gave is  usagovernmentgrants             and address is 200 independence avenue sw health and human services building 2nd floor Washington,DC 20201.

The federal government will not give you a grant because you filled out a survey.

It's risky to give out your Social Security number online, especially when you don't know who you're dealing with. When you give out your name + address + Social Security number, you make it easier for someone to use that information for identity theft.

If you tell someone your bank or credit card account number so they can 'deposit' money, they could take your money instead.

The address the caller gave you is the address for a government building, but the website he gave you is not a government website; it's a commercial website. A person who really works for the federal government will have an email address that ends in '.gov' and their website will end in '.gov' too. Read more about people who impersonate the government.

If you need help paying for food or housing,  contact your city, county or state government. Some utility companies give financial assistance. Your doctor or pharmacist should know about programs that help people pay for medicine


Baby......I just got the same call...just curious did they ever send you the check?

Was his name Derek Wilson

I got the same call by a Indian guy about the 9000 dollars but they are not asking for my account info just to do it of money gram what do you think ?

The federal government is not giving away thousands of dollars in grants to people who pay their taxes on time, have no criminal records, never declared bankruptcy or were ‘selected in a demographic survey.’ Anyone who claims you’ll get ‘free money’ for those reasons is trying to scam you.

After the scammer promises you a grant, he'll ask you to pay a transfer fee or application fee, or give him your bank account number, or send a check before he sends the ‘grant.’ Save yourself time and money. Don’t respond.

I receive that called December 22nd 2015 Indian speaking guy Named ZackTold me that I qualify for $9,200 He then began to ask about account information Red flag ....immediately I said to him that makes no sense The government would never Access account information if
they were going to give you something He then said if you don't trust me go and get a prepaid card Put only
$3.87 on itThe $3.87 will go towards my application fee
And within 2 days I should receive the money on the
card. I will definitely see Because I will put the $3.87 on
the card I just would like to see what's going to happew. hat do I have to lose you know Keep everyone posted

Hey i just got a call from an indian said put 3.87 on a card any card that pays for registration fee an he will send a link to my email thats gives me all information about the grant an how i wa na recive the money. I told him to call in an hour i would go buy a debit card an put 3.87 on it . have u had news yet bout urs cus i got 4 kids having a hard time finding a job to take care of them i aint got time for bull crap with these scammers

cant believe they are still doing this! Word for word of what you just said they did to me.

Apparently this is still going on. Today I received a call offering me $9,200. I asked for it in the writing in the mail and they hung up.

Did you find anything out? I got the same call today

I got the same call but the Indian accent lady didn't ask for my bank account just gave me a number then go to money gram to claim my $7000

just got a call from 1(000)000-0000 Indian voice, telling me I have been selected to receive a 9,000.00 grant from the Federal Reserve Bank because I have not claimed bankruptcy. then gave me this phone # to call rite away 202-750-0702. I did not call, but found this site. and making my comment. Since they have called 4 more times and possibly 3 more times from other #'s and then hang up after 4-5 rings.

I received a call today saying I was selected by the government to receive $9,000. I was given 3 options to receive the money and I choose western union, but now I'm being asked for my address, I hung up right away. How can the government be following me and they know I'm a good citizen, yet they don't know my address. I wasn't falling for this nonsense. They keep calling from a blocked number

Got basically the same call today 03/15/16. $9000 grant because I had no criminal record and recently went on disability due to injury. (both true) He was smart and didn't ask for anything that would through up a red flag, but still way to good to be true. Please everyone keep in mind, NO ONE EVER GIVES ANYTHING AWAY FOR FREE. Be safe everyone.

I also got almost the exact same call. 206 area code. Govt grant for $9,700 based on no criminal background and always doing taxes on time. One of 20,000 ppl. Only have to pay $250 on a reg. Card from local grocery srore and send via western union and will recieve cash in 5-6 min. Give me a break!! Pay $ to receive $? Clearly a scam. I also had just received my new telephone # 5 days ago and he knew my name. He was the "senior acct. Manager" with Indian accent based out of Washington D.C. According to telephone # reverse look up.

I got the exact same call and I didn't tell him any bank information but I did think it was real so when they asked if my name was so and so I said yes and they asked for they had the correct address I said yes and then they gave me a money approval number and bank number with the same $9000 grant, I now know it was scam but I'm worried since they know my address

Has anything happened to you? I received the same Call. And for the account # and money approval#. I didn't give them any infomation.

I just got a phone call today about the same exact amount and reason why they called, they said that i have been randomly selected and that i had no criminal records and i paid bills on time.... im like i only have a phone bill and they knew my address, im like how? i barely get mail here and my name isnt even on the lease. he told me that i had to pay for a card for 250 out my pocket to actiate it,, im like uhh no. but i am soo gullible so i was curious.

Yep -- they are still at it. I just got a call -- FROM AN INDIAN GENTLEMAN! And I could hear lots of other people in the background!! This is a bog operation. Can't the gvt. close them down?

I just had this done 2 me AGAIN! A supposed once in a lifetime chance of being chosen for a $9,000 grant.Indian accent. Spoke 2 'carrie' at first and was 2 call # given immediately after hanging up so I did I knee it was a scam from the first time& the # didnt exist. Ten minutes later she called back askin if i called i told her it didnt exist she was like oh if its not working call 2026887306 as i did and spoke with 'Cindy Smith'(funny thing they have american names huh)and she told me like b4 2 get a $250 itunes card 2b registered in bank of new yorks system. I told her it didnt make sense 2 pay $ 2 get $ and she got a bit of a attitude& said mam let me remind u that this call is bein recorded by the federal government& i said yes and im expressing my concern to u that i dont understand&how it seems like a scam she assured me it wad 110%legit & not 2 worry.I have just moved into my new residence& they had all my info& went over it to make sure it was correct& then asked if i was a mother as they heard my newborn baby boy cry in the background&asked how i wld spend the $ and all the rest everyone has said. I still expressed my concern as she said $ wld be in my account within 15 min as i did give her a prepaid debit card # with no $ on it i just recieved she said call her at store 2go ASAP i told het i was really sczred 2 that was alot of $ and im unemployed with a newborn she said no worries ill b there 4u u just go& take care of that baby they were the government& no need 2 worry. I googled this again 2c if it was still goin on& called back 2 tell them they needed 2 leave us alone& stop there scam&i just reported them. They called once more from a third #. 2026887306, 2024754896 was the 1st #. The # 2 call that didnt exist was 2025160912. Watch out guys they dont care who u are or if they take everything even from a newborn baby!!

Just received the exact same call because I "pay all my taxes on time and have never gone bankrupt." I used my children as an excuse to get off the phone with him so I could look this up. I do want to know how they got hold of my name and number.

Today 6/2/16 i got a personal long term grant of $7000.. Which i neva have to pay bk,,, tq to our govt....

Did you really recive the $7000 grant?

No cause he would havevthe right date its only april 2016 he pit 6 2016

Did you go through Indian guy who wanted you to pay 290.00 for trans fer.fee then pick your grant up at walmart. Did he want to stay on the ph with you was the call from Indian guy named rick cooper at 206 7450822

I just received call saying I am 1 out of 1500 people picked for government grant of $9700 for "being a good girl so to speak" I need to go to CVS or walgreens to load $250 on gift card but I must call Ron Walker 00 at 716-795-0239 and he will tell me which gift card to load $250 on and take with me then go to money gram and and then show money gram my I'd to collect grant . Is this a scam or what ???????

This sounds like a scam.

The federal government is not giving away thousands of dollars in grants to people who pay their taxes on time, have no criminal records, never declared bankruptcy or were ‘selected in a survey.’ Anyone who claims you’ll get ‘free money’ for those reasons is trying to scam you.

If you didn’t apply for a federal grant, the government will not call and offer you one.

Don't send money to someone who says you won a government grant.


Got a call from a very nice lady, no accent. Asked me questions re income, age, etc. She said Fortune 500 companies were going grants from $20,000 to $70,000 and asked what I would do with it. I said if I had $20,000 I would pay my bills. She said I qualified, I would have to have a telephone conference once a week to make sure I used the money for bills. When she asked from a credit card number so she could call my credit card to confirm that I paid my bills I asked for something in the mail or with an address and company name. She said this was just done over the telephone. So I hung up. Sounded too good to be true but she was good Said she'd been with company 3 years and they were reliable. I'm still thinking about the money I don't have. It was a 619 number

It's good that you didn't give your credit card number away. If you get a call out of the blue and someone wants you to pay money to get money, it's probably a scam.

I've just had a call from someone saying that I just won a grant from the government but didn't ask for a Bank information or anything. But wants me to get a card and put 250 dollars on it. Then let her know and go to a bank. Then the bank will put the money on it. What do I do.

If you buy a gift card and put money on it, but you tell someone the code from the card, they can take all the value from the card. You will have nothing.

They might say you won something, but the government doesn't call people and give out grants. That's a lie. Anyone who calls you and says you won a government grant is lying. They're trying to scam you. Even if they say they're going to put money on a card, they aren't. They're trying to trick you into telling them the number on the card so they can get your money.

Ignore them and don't call back.

Got the same... 7000... And pay for a $210 registration card haha the nerve of some people!!

It's funny they said 250 for me and I'll get 7,250 back in cash lol

I have received 4 calls from an unknown number today I finally answered. I am in AR. They have my birth date address and name on hand.

Sam, The number on my phone showed up 777-777-7777. The woman state that I had won free grant money and that they could put it in my account or I could get it through Western Union. Obviously I said I would not give out any personal information so she just confirmed my zip code and last name, then gave me a phone number to call with a reference number. Waiting to discuss with my husband before I even call the number.

This sounds exactly like what happened to me this morning… Did you ever find anything out about it?

I received a call as well saying the same thing. That I've been apporved for a grant for $9000 and if I want to receive it through my acct or western union. I told them that I didn't have the registration fee right now. But there was a little voice in the back of my head that said that it was too good to be true so I googled it and was brought to this site I'm glad I did because I work too hard to just give away my hard earned money.

How did you get it I been in my apartment about three or eight months. I need something in my apartment my is off and the other one to I they gong to call I wish they can mail something for me to apply

Today i received a call representing u.s. fed gov human health services asking for $250.00 in order to receive $8000.00 to be issued by new york fed 202-738-1577 ask for amber white she said was her name....

Hi everybody, so I almost got fooled too just today which I believed is a total scam I received a grant money worth $8k I was surprise and happy because I just gave birth and edd was not enough. Anyway they said they'd processed my claim but have to pay $290 through Walmart or western union. But before I heard that I already gave my account number (like oh no wrong move) I told them that no way gov will ask for money that is granted for you. They kept on claiming it's not a scam the lady senior head I guess name sally Connor ( huh the name doesn't make sense with her Indian accent) it is a scam oh no they got my bank account what shall I do?

Contact your bank and explain what happened. And remember: don't give out your account numbers to someone you don't know.

Grant scammers will lie about where they’re calling from, or claim a name that sound legitimate like “Federal Grants Administration.” They may ask you some basic questions to determine if you “qualify” to receive a grant. In fact, you’ll never see the grant they promise. They will disappear with your money.

Today I received a call from an Indian speaking woman who told me I received 9000 from the Department of Education. When I asked what for she said for filing your income taxes on time. She was very hard to understand so I told her since she was from the feds she had all my information and to send me a letter confirming this. I then hung up. I knew it couldn't be legit.

GiGi I just got the phone call with the same Indian woman saying shr had a $9,000 grant from the government for filing my taxes and pay my bills on time I know it was a joke when she said filing my taxes on time. after she said my first name and my last name I gave her the number to a non activated card that credit card companies send you when they trying to get you to sign up with them. She didn't gave me an ID number in a call back number

I got a smiling phone call a few weeks ago from a foreign sounding man reading script. I let him run through his script saying I was selected for a $7,000 federal grant..blah once in a.lie time opportunity, blah, blah you can accept the money by creditcard, checking account or money gram. I knew it was a scam in the beginning of the script and confirmed after the person mentioned the moneygram. I had signed up to use money gram to send a friend some cash two days prior to this call. I believe they got cell phone number from the moneygram application at walmart. Be careful. You don't get something for nothing!

I got two calles today saying the same thing that i would get 9,200 and gave me three ways to get it but first ivhad to get a 250 i tune or amzon gift card first and then they would release the funds andvif i got the gift cards the would pay me the 250 back wih the 9,200. O got two calls and they both had different confirmation number how c a n o report them i was told to call back friday before 6 pm and i would have the funds 30 mins later

Thank you for sharing your experience. For more information, please see the related blog post, Scammers push people to pay with iTunes gift cards. You can report scams to the FTC at

Same here,,,, today i recieved a call for me to send $217 in oder for me to get an amazen grant that i will never have to pay back, $7000 ,,,,im a struggling single mother which of course sounds amazen to recieve that amount,,, i told her i dont have that kind of $,, quickly her voice was not so nice,,,, lol

The same thing happened to me. They promised 7000 in gift cards. A voice line answered and I was put on hold. The guy answered. I asked how they get my information they said through select stores. So I asked what stores. Then he said he would need my account # I asked why Hey said so you can get your money on the account. I told him I don't trust that and he became very hostile and said "well you use your credit card to buy things online so what the difference, I don't understand" so I hung up and never been called again.People like this are greedy for money

hi my name is Tasha and the same thing happening to me from the same number something told me to go look on the website to see if I see any information on this they wanted me to take 200 and $50 to Western Union and the lady name was Amber Johnson from the same exact number I knew God had answer my prayers when they called but he still answer them because he showed me that all of this was fake because I would have been out two hundred and $50

This happened to me today. I'm so dumb I was excited since I'm in need of money right now so I kept asking is this true. So I sent off money to receive money. I finally thought to look up everything and it's all pointing to scam. I got very lucky because they didn't pick up the money gram just yet and I cancelled the transfer and reported it.

the same thing just happened to me

They called me today is this true or false cause I'm going to the irs tom to confirm this

I just received a call from a man with an very heavy accent claiming I was one of 17000 people from across the country who was selected to receive a Federal Government Grant of $9000. He was very hard to understand and when I asked him to repeat himself or asked questions about the grant, he became irritated and yelled "OMG just call the number and give them the code I am giving you!"
The number I am supposed to call is 206-317-1315 which I am not going to call because I know this is scam. I checked out the number and it is coming from Bainbridge Island, WA are outside of Seattle. Just putting this out there so other people are aware and don't get scammed.

I received the same call but was to call 206-201-2796 I called put was hung up on when I told them you don't pay us government a processing fee. BEWARE

I just received a call telling me the exact same thing. She sounds like an asian woman but really talks good telling me that out of 17000 people I was the one of the people they chose the get $7000. And asking me how would I want to receive it.. By Western Union or by Bank Card.. Asking how far are we to a Western Union branch from our place.

This is insane. Happened to me today!!!

I got a call from new york supposively with th guy saying my name i was in they told me that i won $7,000
Because i didnt have brankruptcy and criminal record.. an the guy his name austin mackenzie told me i could receive the money through western union credit card or moneygram from walmart an i told him i woud collect it through western union so then he gave me a code an the phone# im suppose to call to confirm the code to be released the money an then i called and then a lady answered an i told her the confirmation code an she repeated to me everything austin did EXCEPT how i wanted to receive the money an she said through moneygram an i told her no from western union an she was like its better if you go to moneygram in walmart an then i said ok its closer an then she said i have to pay $250 processing fee an that i was goin to get it back included with the grant Money which in total its 7,250 an This has never happened to me before i found it weird an then the lady was like make sure you go before 7 because Thats when moneygram closes an i was like ok ill send you the money in an hour an she giggled an told me ill be expecting ur call an ill be standing by when you send the $250 processing Fee an i said ok thank you bye an right when i hung up i came here because i was confused if its real or fake but now i see its fake thank god i found this website if not i would of gave them my hard earned money OMG Well at least i know now and block the
call from this guy BLOCKTHIS NUMBER 3473495248 AND ALSO THIS ONE 3157504711

Lol, I just received a blocked call today from these loosers, but Im way ahead of they're week game, I was illegal eary when they called me for the first time about a month ago, I said theres something strange about this? They called in the evening from a gmail number, so I said thats odd and they said I won $9,700 because I paid my taxes and bills on time, lol,well that wasn't true , first red flag, then the man had a European accent and told me I needed to register to the some bank and pay $250 for a debit card at cvs first and they'll send my winnings! I automatically knew this is just bogus! So I called the actual federal government the next day and they reassured me, indeed these people are scammers, so I couldn't wait for them to call back so I could have the pleasure of telling them very gently and quietly to get lost!.

I received the same type of phone call claiming I was the recipient of a $9K once in a lifetime grant based off of the ARRA and criteria of eligibility I met. When I questioned what they needed from me in order to access said money, they stated I needed to provide nothing and only state if I would pick up the monies from a MoneyGram or Walmart but that instructions would be provided to me by calling 202-649-0253 with the confirmation# NA904.
I work for government and am well aware there is no provision in the ARRA for such a grant. Furthermore, this is not likely with all of the administrative and policy changes. The caller carried a heavy accent (while they could still be American, they didn't seem versed or official at all. They seemed like a cold caller/telemarketer)

Don't fall for the hype. If it seems too good to be true, then it is and DO LOOK THINGS UP!

Be safe all from these predators!

I got the same call and keen it was a scam because I have applied for grants many time. So when they asked for a card number I made one up and he told me to wait a moment to check it. Boy was he upset when he said that the card wasn't real and I told him neither was his grant he started swearing at me and hung up. I had put him on speaker and me and the wife had a great laugh

Just received a call that I am qualified to get a grant for $9,200. All I need to do is go to a Walmart or Walgreens and get a Green Dot card or something for $330.00. Also said I was not to relate some type of info when I purchased it. When get out to the parking lot of the store I buy the card or cash, call the 303 number that they gave me. Of course I'm not. I don't have $330.00 to lose.

person with an Indian accent called saying I won a grant of $9000 from the US government. When I asked what the grant was for he would not answer and just gave me an approval ID and phone number to call. I called the number, and spoke with an Indian woman. She told me I was selected from my area to recieve a grant for paying my taxes on time. They supposedly cant send a check because people complaine about the checks taking too long. So I was told to buy a green dot voucher from Walgreens or CVS for $5. But since I was getting so much I needed to upgrade the voucher by long loading $330 on it and then sending it to this supposed Government agency. I told the woman I was not paying anything for a supposed grant and would require something official in writing from the government. She responded OK very quickly and said goodbye.

Thanks for sharing your experience. It's a good thing you didn't send any money. This is a scam. The IRS does not give grants for paying your taxes on time. Get more times on spotting a government grant scam in this article.

I keep getting the same call about once a week.

I just got this call today.. Sounded fishy and I told them if they worked for the gov the. They should have my info!

I said the same thing to the call I received yesterday. I knew off the bat it was a scam but I was fishing for what other bs the caller with the strong middle eastern accent was trying to concoct on the spot!

I don't know how but they have my imformation, where I life and everything so I don't know how??? I sheeter all my bill paper intomation and I got a called by an Indian woman,one is "rose Milton" and the other is "Ema green" those are the lamesest mane I ever heard. I was about to fall with this people but when they ask me to do a money order, I felt like a was being fool.they got very intimidated when I ask for more credibility because the government don't give money like that . expect when you apply for a grand that I saw on Facebook, and I'm not 100% sure if the advertisement is truth.

A scammer might say you got a grant, but then ask for your checking account information so they can “deposit your grant directly into your account,” or cover a “processing fee.” But a scammer won't give you money, he will take money from your account because you gave them the number.

Don’t give out your bank account information to anyone you don’t know.

Don’t pay any money for a “free” government grant. If you have to pay money to get a “free” grant, it is not free. A real government agency won’t charge you a fee for a grant that you really got. And a real government agency won't tell you to pay to get a list of grant-making institutions.

If you want to apply for a legitimate federal grant, go to

I just got a call from them. Lying about me receiving $7000 but to get it I must pay $250. They called my cell but they verified my daughter's name. When I told him I wasn't who they were looking for he said I can receive it too..... I thought he told me that I(she) had been selected?

Peoples names last known addresses and sometimes even phone numbers are accessible by simply googling there name. Try it sometime. You can find anyone

Rose Milton? The lady I spoke with introduced herself as Mary Jones. Told me the same won a grant speech. Verified my info then told me send 212.00 via cvs moneygram. Then she said remember my name is Rose Milton...oh I mean Mary uh...Jones. Mary Jones ext. 101. I reported them to the FTC.

I just got a phone call saying I was chosen to receive a $9000 grant that does not have to be paid back. They had my name and address...he (foreign) gave me a claim number and a phone number. Of course I am not going to call!

I just received the same call telling me to call 360 967-4329. The guy with an Indian accent stated that this was the treasury department of health and human services. I think he became suspicious of me because I kept asking alot of questions. He told me my code wasn't valid and hung

I just have a cal from Lex Hunter/Lex Luthor. LOL I have to go to Western Union and give him $210 dollars so he can give me $8,000K and please call him from the parking lot so I can give him $210 for calling me from the goverment LOL

so now the goverment needs $210 dollars from me LOL please don't send your money to these clowns they don't even speak English correctly.

They said: Go and call me from parking lot. who is this Tonto from the Lone Ranger LOL you have to be drunk to not known this people ara a joke scammers

I just got the same thing i was told to go to walmart and send 230 dollers and i would get my money shorty after she got it its all fake and the should not be able to do this to people

The same thing just happened to me for the same amount but they wanted $200 I told them I wouldn't be able to get it and they we're like well when can you have i. They also said that I could get it western unione. Why do that need money if it's free government money?

Same thing happened to me, Indian accent person said my name and phone number was picked to get 9,000 dollars because I didn't have any criminal records, I was first talking to this guy hahaha god, he got so confused, he did not know how to answer my questions correctly. So he gave the phone to another Indian accent speaker, he told me they worked for the Government and I asked who was the person in charge for all of this, he continuously said they worked for the Government each time I asked him who was the person in charge. Anywaaay they said I did not have any criminal records which I do, they said my name was Edgar which it's not. Scammers man gotta watch out, Ladies and Gentlemen please do not give out money to anyone saying you won any kind of gift. This is August 17, 2015 and phone calls like this are still happening. By the way I am 15 years old and I know how to defend my self from these scammers. I'm not sure where they got the name Edgar from because I do put false names in websites.

I was called in the afternoon saying that I had A 9000 dollar grant And they told me to go to wal-mart and get A 250 dollar green card and call them back and they will send me the money

Did you get the money or did you have to pay someone

Caller from 202-562-7893 called and said I could get $9000 grant for free, no taxes paid. Please help find people like this and put them in jail!

Actually they gave me a call a few minutes ago all they asked was my age plus they already knew my name and then gave me information in how to receive it by pin and a phone number to call back.

I just received a call from them as well saying you have been selected and we have a grant here of 9000 for you. She proceeded to ask me for 250 dollars I said if I'm getting 9000 dollars take it out of that. I'm not sending you 250 you crazy I said you will not scam me. I have a 9000 grant but I gotta pay you... haha yeah Im not crazy!!!

I was contacted on Feb 27, 2014 by a foreigner with a very heavy accent, calling from a blocked number. He said he was calling from the Federal Government office in Washington in the Grant Department and that I had been selected to receive a government grant for $7,000. He told me because I had paid taxes, not filed bankruptcy and did not have a criminal record. the Federal Grant Dept was rewarding me $7,000 and I did not have to pay any of it back.

He said they needed to verify my information, he told me my last name and asked me to verify the spelling of it, if I still lived at my current address (which was listed as a P O Box address and which I responded "yes") and asked me to confirm my age, which I gave him a erroneous age. He asked me if I would accept the $7,000 grant money and I said "sure". He said our conversation was being recorded and asked me again if I would accept the $7,000 grant money and I again said "sure". He said I needed to answer "yes" or "no" and I said I had already answered his question. He said that my information had to be verified again and supplied me with an approval ID code of JJ104 and told me I had to call 206-734-4741 right away and give them my approval ID number to claim my grant money.

I called the number and another foreigner, female this time, asked me for my name and reiterated that I had been approved for a Federal Grant of $7,000, which I did not have to pay any of it back. She told me that in order to insure that the proper person received such a large sum of money that I needed to put $150 on Green Dot Money Pac and wanted to know if I had heard of it. When I told her "no", she spelled it out for me and told me I could go to CVS or Wal-Mart to purchase the Green Dot Money Pac and to put the money on it and that once I called them with the card number, they would put $7,000 on the card for me; that there would be a total of $7,150 on the card, which would be for the grant money and my deposit.

As I was speaking to this woman, I Googled Federal Grant Scams and this came up. I told her I had just read that what she was doing was a scam and she said, "I am from Pakistan and I enjoy scamming people like you". I chuckled at her and said, "I'm from the United States of America and you weren't successful at scamming me"! With that, I hung up.

I got the same exact phone call. $7000 Grant $150 Green Dot PAPER CARD to put $150 on it & to take my phone with me while I'm on the phone with him
So he could talk to the person @ Western Union & I would get $7150.00 lol both guys had CERY THICK INDIAN ACCENTS but their names were John Bruce & Andy Carter. Seriously? These thick accented people with COUNTRY PEOPLE NAMES... I called the FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION & made a complaint. They called again today so I called FTC again & they said they could see where I already filed a complaint & they Thanked me for REPORTING THESE SCAMMERS AGAIN! The Scammers (Andy Carter) who called called from 321-422-3264 ext.1245 (Haven,Fla)then the number he gave me to call for Acct.Mgmt. John Bruce Was 347-580-6882 ext 125. (Queens,New York) this guy John Bruce Swore on EVERYTHING HE WAS CALLING FROM THE FEDERAL TREASURY DEPT. I told him I didn't have $150 to put on a Green Dot PAPER CARD (they said not plastic) he told me to borrow it from family or friends & I could pay them right back when I got the $7000.. The Man from the FTC said these people will swear to you they are in that building but to be rest assured THEY ARE NOT!! He said Now they (FTC) are going to see if Florida is being TARGETED!

I received the same EXACT same phone call from a Washington DC (202) area code. When I tried to call the number to speak to June Valentine, a woman with a heavy Indian National accent, I was told to call back at a later time because that office was experiencing "technical difficulties" at the moment! This is definite scam!!

Got the same call -- heavy accent -- told him maybe he could use the money and get a better phone system so I didn't have to listen to all his "buddies" in the background --- giving the same con job to other people. He hung up on me -- go figure?!?!

How do I get these people to stop calling. I registered on the DNC, the scmers just said SO WHAT.

I got this same exact phone call, with a different phone number. It said Maryland and her name was "June Valentine" I can't believe I actually fell for this for a min.

I received a phone call from an 800 number yesterday morning saying I won a grant for 9000 got paying my taxes the lady had a very thick accent .when asked how do I receive this money she repeated everything over abt paying my taxes . She asked if I wanted to use visa or another debit card or green for card . I told her id pick it up from western union she asked how long will it take me to get there ? I had no intention on going so I said an hour or two . I was at my kids school meeting the teacher so I really didn't have time . I asked could I call her back and she became aggressive and her exact words were " why do you need a call back number ? What are you gonna call me for I replied bc I'm busy at this time ! She then said " you know what girl gong worry abt it just hang up ." && she disconnected the call .

Just think they got bin Laden and fam in Washington handing out money from the treasury. I told them we are American we have more since then that. They should get an American and quite all the other phone calls and noise in the back round... I wish that u could catch those babbling mfers. They almost got me..


Pretty much. I kind of knew it was to some bs because ish like that doesn't happen to me. I'm surprised they didn't ask for any personal information. I personally think they were trying to just record my voice. Seriously. Like to make a message full of voices or something.

I was scams for $560.00 how do I file a complaint.

You can file an online complaint with the FTC at

Received a phone call today on my cell from "No Caller ID". Caller said his name is Jeremy House and he was calling on behalf of the US Federal Grants Department. "Because of my good credit and not having a criminal record, I qualified for a free government grant. I only have to call 206-734-4741 and follow instructions to get the money." Of course, I didn't call the number.

Got a call from apparently spoofed number 1-855-533-54567. I tried to block it and it's invalid. A man with a heavy accent tried to ask for me by name but couldn't pronounce it. I asked who was calling and he said something about a government grant. I told him he had the wrong number and he said well who the F--- is this and hung up. This is very disturbing to hear this kind of language especially since I live in an area with high concentration of senior citizens.

I just received a call same as reported by USCitizen above. An Indian/Pakistani accent, calling from 202 738 4616. He said he was calling from the Federal Government office in Washington in the Grant Department and that I had been selected to receive a government grant for $7,000. He told me because I had paid taxes, not filed bankruptcy and did not have a criminal record. the Federal Grant Dept was rewarding me $7,000 and I did not have to pay any of it back.
How can we stop this happening without Drone strikes?

I know how irritating it is to get these calls.The best thing to do is hang up the phone and  file a complaint with the FTC. The more details you give in your complaint the better it is for law enforcement to track these scammers. The FTC's complaint database is available for investigations to law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

I got the same calls 2 days in a row & one about a month ago. Same speel about a free grant that I don't have to pay back because I pay my taxes & bills on time. The first amount of money was $7,500 & the call from today was a grant for $9,000. The 2 numbers I have from yesterday & today are 202-738-4039 & 202-697-9238. I figured it was a scam so I never called the numbers but looked up free government grants & came across this. I hope you catch these guys. Just put my name on the National Do Not Call List also. I hope no one falls for this scam!!!!

Same calls as everyone else to get a free government grant that you don't have to pay back because I pay my taxes & bills on time. I got a call yesterday & today. Yesterday the amount I was to receive was $7,500 & today $9,000 I never called these numbers but here they are 202-738-4039 & 202-697-9238

I also had received a call today. The man said all of the same information that was given in several details as others. I did call the phone number. 206-866-5705. The lady asked me how soon could I purchase the green card? I told her that I was sick and I would go pick it up tomorrow. Then I went to my comp. and looked up scamers. I immedieatly went to this site. Very helpful. I feel sorry for those that has lost money to these people that has no morals and are thieves.

Thought I was talking to a friend I knew when I was in school. Turns out we asked a few people about this guy they all were skeptable about it. He said his name was John Edward and that if we sent hm $2500 that we were eligible to recieve $100, 000 Dollars. Turns out that this friend of mine her computer had been hacked. They told me text her, after talking to a girl I went to school with I went back and checked the area code on the number that was texting me. It was not a kentucky aea code it was 1-484-557-3608.

I fell for this grant of 7.000 dollars just like every one else I bought the green dot cards to the some of 2.990.00.I barrowed money from my mom an pawned 2 saddles. It's bad enough that every thing is do an I cant pay are bills My family is after me an cant stand to be near me .I'm unemployed at this was my Husbands SSI check. I hope they catch the DIRTY Scum that is doing all of this the number is out of THE DISTRIC OF COLUMBIA.202-738-4098 ext123. The one I talked to was Emma Brown. I'm just sick about an I'm worried about my bills an my husbands meds. I know I'll never trust ant one like this I know will never get are money back. For me I wont trust any thing like this again ever. They should be taught a hard lesson like when some one steals a horse string them up. Like in 1800 It might put a stop more scams like this from happing.

This is a hard lesson for me because I Hurt My husbands heart an I let him down with this lying act. I just wanted to make things better for us. Now that will never happen we have to pray an hope that the people are caught an Punished to the fullest extent of the LAW.

I just received a call, after listening to his sales pitch, I told him that we had a bad connection could he give me his number so I could call him back. He said that he would give me his number at the end of the call. I then asked if he could provide my name..... that's when he hung up. I tried calling number that appeared on caller ID and it says this number has been disconnected. I was born in the morning but it wasn't THIS morning! I sure hope the elderly and young folks don't fall for this scam!

Well. I got a call of course i knew about this stuff first it was a lady then a man when i called back just to confuse them she messed up multiple times and i even confused. The man lol they got frustrated and they start forgetting what they told me they called my grandmother house and gave my dad a number 701-335-7117 north dakota number. Im to smart

This is another person that was awarded $9,000 Grant for paying my taxes which I don't because I get SSI, etc, from that point forward this is a scam. Except that I had to pay treasury dept a refundable $250.00. Now why Would I give money to the treasury dept when I get my checks from them. The man got mad and said I'm going to cancel your Grant, and hung up. Anything from the government has no hidden cost to it. When asked for money it's red flag to scam.

I just got a phone call from a man with a thick accent which he told me I was awarded a federal grant and he knew my name and my address. He gave me a application number R143 and a number to call to claim my grant of 7300 dollars. The number he called me from was 202 627 1786 the number said it was from Washington DC the number he gave me to call was 727 378 2733 from Florida.
I called the number and a man named Alex told me some one will come to my house and present me with a check. The only thing I have to do is get a green dot money back prepaid voucher and put 200 dollars on it so when the guy comes to my house I have to give it to him. The voucher is to certify that everything is good and for the agent's fee's.

I know this is a scam but is there any thing I can do to help catch these scammers? If you have any ideas or know who I need to contact to set them up please let me know!

Cell phonenumber from Hillsboro Ohio 937 763 3343 have been calling for several weeks I just answered me yesterday and it was a foreign voice telling me about a granted I had got from the government for free they did not have the appropriate information which made me skeptical so I insisted on talking to the manager which I had to call a different number the number was from Seattle Washington 206 973 2541this woman also had an accent I had told her that I work at a financial institution and was aware that this sounds like a scam she got very upset and told me don't ever call here again to that I responded the way anyone would and told her that she may trick on people but she won't trick me she then proceeded to call me a b**** now how professional is that.....I don't get how these people cannot be stopped

Are there any legitimate sites that offer government grants? Are there any legitimate sites that offer work-at-home careers?

Latest phone number is 202-470-3524! Don't bite. These scams are out of control

I have gotten numerous calls over the past few weeks, Washington DC, two different florida numbers, Washington state, Nebraska, mid Michigan, and twice from unidentified.It is making me crazy. Can't understand the heavy indian accents, talk about free grant money that I did not apply for, and they know my name! How is that?

just got one of those calls. indian accent. said he was from the grant office and I was accepted for a grantof 14,566.00 said his name was Larry Gomes. gave me a grant id of gt110 and gave me a phone number and address fro a grant manager. (202)677-4473 address office of grants 2nd floor health and human services bldg. 200 independence ave.wash dc 20201. called the number and started talking to another man with an indian accent. he asked me for my drivers license #. he already had my name, address and d.o.b. I told him that this sounded like a scam and he got agitated and said ok I just canxed your file. I stated that if he was a true government official he would not have been so quick to cancel my grant. he would have explained himself to assure me it wasn't a scam. then he said something about giving me his badge # (which he did not do) then told me I could go on the website and apply again (which he did not give me). he wanted me to send him 200.00 for the application processing fee to get the grant money. I told him I didn't have 200.00 to send him. so he said your application has been cancelled.. good bye and hung up. I'm about to put an alert on me credit report and I suggest everyone else do the same. these people have to much info on us.

After reading other comments, mine was same as other comments. The guy identified himself as John Adams from the US Treasury Dept. - gave me a security code number and phone #202/738-4339 to call. The last time they had called I dropped it but this time I decided to call. I reached an woman who said she was Jacqualine (spelled differently than Jacqueline Kennedy). She went through the same scam and of course I led them on that I would do what they said. But I called the Az State Attorney General's office and they transferred me to FTC. I gave them the info. But now I am getting phone calls from the same lady and leaving messages now. Should I keep these messages?

Yes, this is a scam. I called and told them this was being recorded and they hung up. That is not a polite thing to do

I received a phone call from number 2027384098 her name was Samantha hill saying I got free grant in the amount of $7,000 go CVs or wal-mart and get a green dot money PAC card and she gave me code NK754 to use when I call her back really I told kiss my ass and hung up on her the other number is 2027388000 3219324593 2029874584

Today was the third call I've gotten about these grants, the first one I waited until after 5 pm, thought all government off would be closed by then just got an answering machine, second also promised 7000.00 grant when I asked for his manager he spelt F_ _ _ U. I told him that if he truly worked for the government he wouldn't be talking like that, asked him for phone # he wanted to know why I told him for the police, he cussed again and I hung up. Today I received another call I listened to all their bull only this time I get a grant for 10,000. When I called the other # it said the phonejak person not available, he called back, I didn't leave a for them, he wanted 290.00 to have the money sent by western union, I told him I have not worked for 2 yrs I have no money, he said borrow it from family, I've kept all # and everything about them why can't this be stopped ? What can we do ?

If you receive a call that you suspect is from a scammer the best thing to do is hang up. If you press a number or call them back they will know that your phone number is in fact a working number and may continue to call you.

I have now received two different offers one for 6.5 million and one for 10 million. Dang I'm lucky. If you would like to have them please let me know and I will forward them to you for your amusement!

You can file a complaint at and provide all the details of the scam offers. Your complaint goes to the FTC's database, which is accessed by law enforcement from the US and abroad.

This same company just scammed me out of 200.00. I am very passed right. I truly thought it was the real thing so I bit. Now I'm out of 200.00 bucks wow something need to be done about these people.

The same thing has happen to me . Today I recieve a call from this 701-335-7117 number with the same scam line, I was not sucker intio it. they are liers. April 25,2014

Received a phone call from 1(202) 738-1254. A man with a heavy Indian accent said he was from the Health and Human Services Department of the Federal Government and asked me to verify my information. I said yes to name and temporary address. He told me about a $7,500 grant that was waiting for me; I would just have to give them my bank account information. I said "nice try". Then they told me about the green dot money pac and how i needed to transfer $300 onto the green dot money pac in order to receive the grant.
Well, today when a lady called again I told her that I reported her and that someone is coming to get her and she said "you f***ing f***ing B*tch".

The guy from phone No. 202-666-2294 called at my land line about 10 times. I just want to know what is his scam I answered the phone and he told me that he is calling from US dept regarding free grant of $8400 for me. I just said to him send it to me and he started to ask my indentity I refuse to give over the phone then he started to curse me and I hang up the phone then he call me again five times and left the message twice with curse words. I have filed a complaint to FTC against this number to stop calling me and thosands of other people. I have check that number on google and I found lot of complaints about this number how he try to scam US people to get peoples hard earning money.

Just received the phone call that I was to receive the 9200 dollar grant. They attempted to give me a secondary # to call (in the d.c. area code (202) I then spoke to another foreign man. The entire thing didn't add up so I hung up. Don't buy or give any info to these criminals...just hang up on them

Today I received a call saying I was entitled for a $9000 grant. It told me to bring $205 and get a green dotfor $205 which I would get back plus the $9000. I first called the number 202 407 9094 and he said to be sure I brough the cash with me and he would give me instructions to get the grant money.I called the FTC and they said the goverment does not charge a fee for a grant. Almost got scamed. I thought it was to good to be true and called the number given to me on the web site boy I'm glad I called it. Beware


I recently filled a loan application on the internet from which "VA Finance Co" of "2802 Albany St. Houston TX". Phone # 713-931-3692. VA Finance Co. and official Mr. Frank Martin happen to be serious "scam artists". He claimed "FTC" as a cover to scam me of $200. They refused a refund of my $200 when they failed to make the loan as promised.

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Same thing happened to me today,but here's the #206-201-2377

I received the same call, from probably the same indian guy, and was then told to call 202-470-3524 , where I spoke with an indian woman, who went by the name of Mrs Spencer. Who told me I qualified for 9 thousand dollars, but would need to go to walgreen's or cvs to place a "security deposit" of 310 dollars... at which time I informed her I could not do that, and got off the phone.
Would have been terrific if it was real.... but I know the scent of a scam when I smell it.

I.just got the same call right now.
How stupid those people are to think we'd believe they work for the government with such poor spoken English and lack of American accent.
I feel so bad for those who fell for this horrible scam

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.

I was contacted buy a man with a heavy accent, telling me i was going to receive
a grant for 8,000.00 and all I had to do was give him 250.00 for the grant fee and 600.00 for the law fee and taxes. He told me to go to the closest western union and send money. But there was never any money sent to me or any anything. This is a scam. Which Out.

I just got a call from scammers the number read 209 I answered it because they called before and I was wondering who would be calling me from a number that came up like that on my caller ID. A young lady offered me 7000 dollars but I needed to go and do $250 registration fee at a Rite Aid or a Walgreens I couldn't receive the money and process everything until I put this money as a security deposit. I asked the young lady with a heavy accent why they couldn't just subtract the $250 from the 7000 that I had been chosen to receive. She said they weren't able to do that and that I needed to call back at 253 - 216 - 8107 extension 014 and ask for her when I was ready to pay the $250. She said her name was Irene Lee and she was working for the Treasury Department in Washington DC please don't fall for this scam. Why would I pay money to receive money that is supposed to be a grant for me . I hope these people get caught and locked up in jail ...they deserve it!!!

Everybody story here is the exact same as mine I was called by a representative from 202 407 9125 who told me I was qualified for a government for 9000 have me an this code TG015 told me when he hang up with me right away to call Jason Lee 202 657 4642 giving me the same lines as everyone else here have need to send 250 to register and I will receive my money back with the 9000

I just reported the same type of phone call but after reading your stories, if they call again, I'm going to play along and get as much info as I can, then report it again. My call was from an Indian man as well. The # was from Cross City, Florida, 352-578-1888.

I tried that and didn't get too much.

I got a phone call from a American Recovery and Reinvestment part of the Federal Government saying in received a grant of $1,000 and needed to call a number and give a proval I.D. and a security number. The person I called said I needed to fill out some paperwork for this and it would take up to fifteen days. Is this a fraud wanting personal information?

Don’t give out your bank account information or social security number to anyone you don’t know. They can use your information to get new accounts in your name or run up debts in your name, and cause many other problems.

Don’t pay any money for a “free” government grant.

Scammers can fake phone numbers to look like they’re calling from Washington, D.C. Some use official-sounding names to make it see they're with the government.

If a real government agency gave you a grant, it wouldn't ask you to pay a fee to get the money.

I received a phone call today from a young lady claiming to be from the US Department of coin from an unavailable number. She informed me that the United States had performed a survey 6 months ago and that i fell into the demographic to receive a free $9,000 grant. She did not speak very good English and the connection was breaking up but after a few tries I finally figured out what she said.

(There are a few things wrong here) First of all, the number was unavailable which means it was probably a mobile phone. If for any reason the government does call you, no matter what what section it is, the caller I.D. will say "U.S.GOVT"
Secondly, I was addressed by my middle name, not my first.This thru up yet another big red flag. Long story short, I informed her that her mobile phone with the blocked number had bad reception and asked how she slept at night knowing she is bottom of the barrel trash for trying to take peoples hard earned cash. The government doesn't just give money away....oh no. They are too busy trying to find more ways to take even more from us.

I have a friend that sent me to a guy on fb and she says she got 35000 for 750 delivery fee?? Told me if I put in 200 she would pay 250 and then I asked her if she could just loan me 200 more and I would pay her back double...she couldn't help out excuse after another...its a fraud right???

I just got a call from the "Federal Government" on a 202-area code with the same $9,000 offer as above. No department, no office, no administration. Just the "Federal Government". ***sigh*** If only...

Yes, it is a scam. If there were truly a Federal program for issuing grants, there would be a department or administration with the budget and authority to make the payment.

Also, be careful on the call back numbers. Some callback numbers can route you overseas without your knowledge, and international telephone regulation will not protect you from the astonishing fees they will charge you.

Me too, I just posted but it hasn't gone through yet. We both got called the same day. I agree, I really wish it was for real :-(

I read through everything and pretty much everyone has been told similar things. I was lucky because I have been scammed before and lost 1100 dollars but some of you are not so lucky obviously because you got tricked. A man called me earlier today from California, I'll list the number at the end of this message. He also had a strong Indian accent and he also told me that I had been chosen randomly from a survey I took to receive nine thousand dollars from the government because I'm in school, because I haven't filed bankruptcy in the last 6 months, and because I've never received a government grant before, even though I have in fact received government grants for school. He told me that I had three options on how to receive the money: I could have it deposited directly into my bank account, I could have it deposited onto a debit or credit card, or I could receive it through Western Union. Not wanting to give a stranger my bank account information I told him that I would receive it through Western Union just to play along and see if it was for real even though I knew it wasn't. Then he told me to call the other number like they told all of you, so I did. The second person I spoke with told me that even though I was receiving the money through Western Union that I had to register my name through MoneyGram at Walmart and it would cost $200 and that the $200 would be refunded back to me along with the 9000 dollars that I got for the grant. I said I know this is a scam and I'm not sending anyone any money to be sent money. Every time I said it was a scam he laughed and said this is not a scam, why would I give you my name if this was a scam? The name he gave me was Alfred Smith. I said do you really expect me to believe that your birth name is Alfred Smith, you're from India. What do you think I'm stupid I'm a college student for god sakes. I hung up on him after that. Do not give these people money no matter where they call from. These are both of the phone numbers that were associated with this occurrence today: 209-975-7969 and 209-753-4937.

People are so crazy. Wanting to make a living off other people's hard work. I got a phone call. Dude told me he is calling from Colombia and that he was representing is fed gob. He told I win 9000 and to claim it I had yo call some freaking number and claim it. I googled the info and saw this page. I'm glad I didn't gal for that *****

I've been getting these calls for some time now. The number has come up as Washington DC, and sometimes all 0's! I have been looking for work so I think they may have got my name and address that way.
I asked them if they had my info why don't they just send me the $7000. The government wants to give me this because I have a clean record, well I don't see anything stopping them but a bunch of bull.
I'm thinking if (when) they call again I will be very nice and tell them they should find different employment because most of the people they prey on don't have any money to speak of. All Americans aren't rich or mean. We're people who want peace and happiness for our families and yours. Don't destroy lives of others that need that money for a sick child, to have a warm place to live, reasons like this. Most would help you if you were to need it.
It probably won't make a difference but you never know. If we all tried something like this it's possible that a few just might see that we're not all bad but what they're doing is! Just saying!

T. in Ohio just got THE CALL. I filled out a Gov. census not long ago and the foreign telemarketer knew it. Free government grant money . Had the nerve to involve Wal Mart. $9,000? Sounds too good to be true cause it isn't. The phone number was202-697-9105 and the number she had me call with my claim number was 315-314-3200. Where is homeland security when you need them?

Got a call today from a 347 area code. I was told I was selected at random because I didn't have a criminal record, never filed for bankruptcy and I paid my bills on time. Well...2 outta 3 were correct I knew right away it was a scam! The man who called me also had a thick Indian accent but an American name. I called and reported this scam and gave the number.

Yesterday someone called me with a private number and told me that I have been choose for 10000 grant and ask how I want to spend it and I said education. He told me to give him my informations and I told him to call me later and talk to my dad. I was so happy and ask him to give me his phone number and he said no he cant but will call me back later.I talk to my dad about it and he said he doesn't believe it, because it happened to him and they always ask you for money . I was kinda mad and he said ok will try. so when the guy called back with a lady, we gave him all the informations and he ask for $300 to take the $10000 out and my dad ask to take it out of the money and the lady was kinda mad. My dad told me that he will ask if it right and I came on google to find their number and I see this page. Thank you so much for letting us know. But the Government have to stop them because everybody do not have the chance to see this page. Also those people have accent.

I received a call from this guy who says his name is James Miller. His phone number was (315) 370-1114. He told me that I was one of the very few people that won or would receive $7,260. He told me that in order to get this money I had to send a transaction fee of $260 and told me that I'll be able to get the money back along with the $7,000. He told me that it would take only 5-10 minutes. For me I thought it was true because they told me it was grant money and they had my information too. So I didn't think anything was wrong . So I sent $260. Later on he told me that I needed to speak to someone else and that I had to follow everything that he tells me to do. He told me that this guy works for the federal bank. So I talked to this guy and told me that I'd be able to get my money once I pay another transaction fee. He told me that it was free for sending money from state to state. I didn't know how any of this worked and I fell for it. I was about to start school in the fall and I needed that money for my tuition and lost the money . I thought that if they know my information then it'd be ok. Apparently it wasnt. And I didn't know that in order to receive the money from grants, I want supposed to pay any fee.

You're right, you don’t pay any money to get a legitimate government grant. If someone tells you to pay money to claim a “free” government grant, the it really free.

A real government agency won’t ask you to pay a processing fee for a grant, or to pay to get a list of organizations that give grants. You can get the names of agencies and foundations that give grants for free on the Internet. The official link for all federal agencies that gives grants is

Just received an call from an 'unknown number' it was an east indian man saying a won $6,700 because I do my taxes and don't have a criminal record. I had 3 ways to receive it: checking, credit card or money gram through Wal-mart. Luckily I'm smart enough to know not to give out that information. So I took the money gram route being skeptical of course.
And it was just fishy. I had to drive to wal-mart right then. Call once I was in the parking lot and have cash of $220 on me. Yeah right! They could have jumped me for all I know.

But I said I couldn't go right then. I would need to consult with my husband and look into this 'grant' first. The man got increasingly pushy, loud and upset.

I knew it was fraud and called him out on it and said he could give the 'money' to someone else.


I got a call from a woman today saying I had won a $9000 grant from the US government. because I pay my bills on time. I asked her what the catch and she said I didn't have to do anything but call a number she was going to give me. I told her I wouldn't give her any numbers of mine and she got upset and repeated angrily that she would give me an ID number and phone number to call after we hung up.she knew my name, city and zip code. She asked my age. I took down the number. It was 202-738-1725. I did not call it. It sounded too fishy and from reading other comments it definitely is a scam.

Got this call today (number blocked on Caller ID 1st Red flag), I was going to get 9,000.00 I could use for anything I wanted (BAHAHAH 2nd Red Flag with blaring horn). I could barely understand the man who called. I asked him where his company was located and he gave me an address in Washington DC and said that he worked for the U.S. Treasury I asked his name and he would not provide it to me (3rd Red Flag) Finally, he asked for my specific age right now. That's when the straw broke. DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY OF YOUR INFORMATION PEOPLE! This is just like getting a fake check in the mail. the only way you know you won the lottery is if your holding the winning ticket! Later

I was called and was told I qualified for $42,800.00. I just needed to pay $2,800 for the information on how to file for the grant. Since I didn't sign their paperwork they've been calling me at least 5 times a day. I'm glad I like my ringtone, lol.

Got the same call today with the same promise! I just stayed on the phone to hear them squirm! Mike Morton with a heavy Indian accent! Told him to mail it to me when he gave me the options on how to receive the money! He kept me on the phone forever repeating my name and address like I might forget who I was! I think he wanted me to say "never minded, please put it in my bank and here is my account info! SCAM

I got a call from blocked number today. A few of you have mentioned the $9,000 and getting a call from the indian guy with a heavyyyy accent. He said I was getting the grant from the government for paying my taxes on time. IT IS A SCAM!! I'm still in high school! I've never filed taxes in my life. Beware

My name is nae. I was wondering if I too is being scammed of money grant. I get a call from a 518-618-4477?

I just got the same call. Only I was to ask for Emma Green. I have information on how they are getting our personal information. Who do I call

I also received the call today and they asked me to call on 253-7773366. I knew it was a fake call so drag them to see what they are trying to do.

`I've gotten three calls from these people in the last week, from numbers: 000000000 and an unlisted number. They gave my name and address and told me I qualified for a government grant from the US Treasury Dept. in the amount of $7,500. At which point I told them I was a police officer and the call was being traced... CLICK! they hung up each time. This is a scam that I hope nobody loses their hard earned money on.

Got the same call from a 202 Number . I let them go through all of there craps and even called the number. Witch is 202-697-9606 and talked to the guy on the phone witch he had a very heavy accent . It was a little convincing they knew a lot of me info witch is very scary. But as soon as they asked me to send them money I knew it was a scam and told them to count me out and I hung up on them. I think the actual us government needs to get to the bottom of this and through these guys in a federal prison for the rest of their lives.

i kept receiving a call from a number of 252-623-2552 (Washington DC) they told me to take down a number (315)407-4403 and to ask for Ryan Miller. They said they did a survey in my State and the area that i live in and i was picked for the fact that i pay all of my bills and i have not gone in bankruptcy within the last 5 to 6 months. i really thought this was for reals (how stupid i was) i only provided them with my age but they confirmed all my information. I'm worried how do they know where i live and how to do have my date of birth?

Your name and address might be included in publically-available databases, like address look-up sites, or public documents that are available in your state, or you might have listed your birthday on social media.

I just received a call on my cell phone that showed up as 000-0000 on my caller ID. The caller had a heavy Indian accent and explained that I was qualified to receive a $9000.00 grant because I filed my income taxes on time and I had no criminal record. He gave me three options for receiving the funds, 1) via my checking account, 2) via my credit or debit card or 3) via Money Gram. I selected Money Gram. He verified my mailing address which I did not give him but instead gave him another zip code in my state and not my street address. Then he gave me a code RW414 and a telephone number 425-654-1401 that I could call and speak to my account manager and his supervisor if I had questions. He asked me to repeat the number back to him, but I was afraid because I've heard of scammers using that in some way to get money. I just kept saying I got it and don't need to repeat it. He got very angry and used an expletive and hung up. Please don't fall for this. My call never got to the point of him asking for my bank account number, but I would never have given it to him any way.

I have been receiving these calls for the past two days. they say if i go to walmart and pay them 250$ they will give me 7000$ in federal government grants. That I was selected for not having any criminal charges within the last 6 months.. WTH? It was a man with a heavy accent, I could barely understand. They asked for my bank account number first when I said no they said i could pick up the money at any money gram. Thats when they said I would also have to pay 250$ to receive the money. I hung up right away. The guy said his name was Jimmy he called from 347-756-7006. He was very inconveniencing at first as the amount of information he had about me was scary. I was so close to falling for this.. glad i decided to google it. These guys should eb put away.

That happened to me but I fell for it what I do now I didn't they told me to go to CVS to pick up the money and give them $250 but I'm not going to do it but if I don't do it what would happen

I received a phone call from an unknown number today(they have been calling for 3 days in a row until I finally answered)and told me I qualified for a free 6,900 dollar grant from the Federal Government Grants department. He gave me the whole spill about I qualified because I filed my taxes on time(I didn't) and I didn't have a criminal record. So anyways he gave me a grant Id# and a phone number 718-717-2793 and said to call Mallory White. So I said let me check this out. Well first he asked how would I like to receive the money into my bank account, a wal-mart ,or a cvs. Well I'm not giving out my account info. So I said wal-mart and he asked how far away it was I said 10 mins and he said ok I have notated this in the notes so hang up with me and call that number and ask for Mallory White. So I said ok. I called the number and she gave me the same explanation about everything but then said you just have to pay a one time state to state fee of 250 and I said here we go. And she asked would you be able to go now I said no. And then she proceeds to say ok well I will save this and have it ready for you when you go to wal-mart, I then say I shouldn't have to pay 250 dollars to receive free money. And of course as you know she says you don't aren't paying for the money it is free you are just paying the state to state fee. I say that is ok. Then her tone changed and she said five words that I couldn't understand cause of her Indian accent and she hung up. Not going to lie it would have been nice to get that money. Haha.

I just recieved a call stating i was selected for a $9000 government grant & that i needed to call the account manager at (516)537-8951 immediately i knew it was a scam but called to let them know i was no fool! The guy(who was the exact same guy that called before) goes into a spill about how i needed to pay a $250 security deposit & thats when it got good! I said "hold up let me stop u right there u can stop with the lies because i know this is a scam, i know u call from fake numbers & i know ur in another country attempting to dcam people out of their hard earned money" He then tried to argue that "this was indeed a legit call"! I told him "Im not giving u any money you are BUSTED because i know ur a scam artist" i then told him to "go get a real job u lowdown scamming bum". Well this angered him & he proceeded to call me EVERY name in the book which i laughed at & told him to "go find another sucker to scam" & politely hung up! This is ridiculous because people like myself worl hard only to attempted to be scammed by low life losers

Just got a call saying I was being given a grant for $7000 from the US govt (some health something or other) from an Indian sounding man named "Richard" it came from an Unknown number I didn't bother listening to his script just told him "this call is bullsh*t the government doesn't give away money." And hung up. You don't get a grant w/o applying for one, that's a red flag!

Just got a call from +1 999 9 telling me that I was chosen to receive a grant from the Federal Government for a good credit record. I am already skeptical about it because I know a lot of scams happening. The girl on the other line gave me a confirmation number and directed me to call this number 2025808232 and that somebody is already expecting my call. Sorry guys but you're not convincing at all! Try harder on your script!!!!

Just got a call from a 6666 number saying I was rewarded $8,000 because I'd pay my taxes on time also that i didn't have a criminal background and that it was a random selection and I got lucky, fast forward they were asking me to pay up a fee of 250 I almost was in the process of doing that till I did the research!!! That was a close call...250 is a lot they were convincing

I got the call just today and said I got $78,000 for free just because I fillled up the survey. I was asked the bank account no. which I didn't provide. Then, I was told to go to Wallmart and send the fee, hehe. Some question that I asked the guy proved to me that he was a fake person. when asked, I was even given the number to contact the financial manager which I didn't call back. BEWARE !!!!

I just received the same kind of phone call from a 509 area code.Everything was identical to the stories you all shared except they asked for $280 as a security deposit before picking up my $9000. #1.Why in the hell would the US Department of Treasury call on the weekend and #2.why can't you take the $280 out of the $9000 and Kim Lee tried to give me attitude when I questioned her. Somebody is not the sharpest tool in the shed.

I have been receiving many calls from these numbers (011-Restricted) and 206 317 1646 (BainBridge,WA) and I was told I was given $9,000.00 free government grant. Of course they do have my name (not complete though). I was given a number to call, according to the person I will call his financial supervisor and confirm whatever he/she will ask me. Oh Well! Just don't believe them , don't waste your time and report them.

Just to complete my last posting, I was given this number to call the financial supervisor: 347 850 7924. Good luck if you want to try it.

I just got a phone call like that I figured it was a scam.

12/5/15 - I just received a call from a man with a heavy Indian accent. He told me I had been randomly chosen to receive $10,200 - "because you pay your bills on time, no criminal record, haven't filed bankruptcy in 6 months". I was then given a number to call to complete the transaction. This is the number 206-801-1982. I called and a woman, with another heavy Indian accent answered, I asked "where are you located?" - my answer was an immediate hang up. How do these people look at themselves in the mirror every day? I'll be contacting my Attorney General here in Washington State.

I just received a phone call: 206-792-9593 I was pretty happy but something seemed fishy when she this Indian accent woman wanted my bank account info. I told her I wanted it wired. She made me write down an ID number. I called the other number and this Indian man answered. Gave him the code and he hung up. I called back and he was very rude. Kept asking me what the f I was talking about. WHAT A SCAM.

Ive been getting these calls unknown number for about a month now finally picked up today he claimed i was picked out, including a bunch of other ppl for paying my bills on time and not having a criminal record.. He asked me how i would like to spend my money cuz they dont want to hand the money to ppl that want to gamble or buy drugs with it i said a new apartment.. He then proceeded to ask me where i would like my money sent i said check cuz i didnt wanna give out any of my personal information he said a checking account number i need i said nope and hung up... Do not fall for these scams no one should ask for ur personal information

I just got a call from Marcella Nunez claiming to qualify my eligibility for a grant. She stated that an 83 years old lady just qualified for a 25,000.00 grant. This grant is from large companies needing a tax right off, companies such as Target, etc. This is the phone number 1 908 355-9969 from Elizabeth, NJ. Of course I qualified, but did not and will not answer the grant writer's call.

i would like to get a grant for school n my car ,bussiness

I, too, got a call from what sounded like a woman with a heavy Indian accent, calling from "Government Grants Department". The caller ID that came up was all 0's. I was told that they had received my application for a grant. Since I had done no such thing, I pressed for more information, such as their name, office location and telephone number, explaining that I was very busy at the time and needed to call back. I got an address of 210 Independence Avenue, a name of Steve Dobbs (really!) but no phone number. I said that I had not applied, and that I needed to talk to a supervisor, and I was going to initiate a 3-way call with the authorities because this sounded like a case of identity fraud. Conversation terminated.

I knew right away it was a scam because our government does not reward upstanding middle class citizens.

I got one of these calls today, too. "Kevin" (who spoke very broken English with a middle eastern/Indian accent) said he was from Federal Grants and that the federal government had chosen me to receive $9,000 because I had good credit, paid my taxes on time, hadn't had a bankruptcy, etc. I asked him how much this was going to cost me and he assured me it was free. He wanted me to give him some information about myself. I told him I would not give him any information that he didn't already have but would verify what he already had. He told me I would need to go to a "Money Graham" location to get my money. This was a HUGE RED FLAG that this wasn't kosher. Then he wanted to transfer me to his supervisor to verify more info. I stopped him and told him that I needed to verify that this was a legit process and asked for his company's phone number and website. He gave me 206-204-5053 which is not a good number. I called it and it rang several times then I got a busy signal. Said my confirmation number is KV990. He also said their website is "". There is a website by that name but from what I could figure out, you have to pay them and then they will give you a list of grants you might be eligible for. BIG SCAM. DO NOT FALL FOR IT. Some way some how they are going to take money from you and you probably won't get anything back. Hang up on them. Don't even listen to their spiel.

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I just got that got 7,000 for grant she told me 300.00 plus fee 11.50 then take money then show and they tranfer the money to me

I was super busy today thinking I need cash then I get this call from an Indian women she told me I would get a 9,000$ grant she gave me a confirmation code & a number I called the number & some Indian guy answered by the name of Alex smith & told me to go to western union to pick it up but 1st I needed to send 250$ I was like how is tht right sir plz don't let this b a scam I have a 3 year old to think about he goes to tell me he would never I was THIS close to sending it thank god I didn't thank god I came across these millions of stories of ppl getting scammed by these disgusting ppl how is any of this legal why aren't these ppl in jail it makes no sense to me this really got my hopes up ppl suck

i just got a call from 202-747-6231 stating that i'm one of the 600 people of my city Michigan (yeah, he said city and not state) that has been given a grant of $7000. He asked that i go directly to a Western Union office and then call 253-220-9980 and give the code JR457 to accept the grant. They guy had a foreign (african, possibly) accent. I googled right after the call to find all your comments. Thank you for sharing all your experiences so others may not fall for this scam.

Yeah they called me from a 509-671-9645 and I spoke to Abaigail Martinez.. They got me good because I was convinced that it was true..They said I qualified for a grant of 9,000..They also said it was the US Treasury department.. I told them I didn't have a bank account to put the grant in so she told me I can go to Western Union and once I get there call her on the phone so we can set something up.. I didn't take it that far because I figured it was a scam. This site is very helpful

I've just got a call fdom jeff sreve. Saying that ive just been chosen for a federal grant in Washington dc. For 7000 but i topay 350in order to clear it.and there phone num 914_236_4959.etention 402by some guy called sebastian. I think its a scamm

I just got that call and they said that I needed to pay $250. In cash if not there is going to be a man waiting for me in a red car with the #3493 and he was going to give me instructions and if I didn't have to give him money I was going to give him money and if not then somebody was going to rob my house. These people tried to scare you out of your money

I am just heartbroken and sick to my stomach right now. I fell for this and I had recently applied for a grant so I took it as real. In my mind a thought a 350 deposit that I get right back in half hour with grant funds would be ok. They seemed so real. Then last minute I get a call that the bank is closed. This will go through Monday. Then i got worried and Google and found all this. I filed a complaint......but god that was all the money we had for the next two weeks. How can I pay my bills now?????? I feel ill. How if this has been happening since 2010 has nothing been done!!!!!! What is wrong with people? How can they sleep at night. He knew my daughter was with me and that I had bills due and assured in half hour it would be back. What can I do?????

If you gave someone your bank account number, contact your bank and ask how to keep your money safe. If you sent money by wire transfer, report it to the wire transfer company.

I just received a call a fee minutes ago about me getting 7,000 dollars back for a grant all I had to pay was 250 because my state isn't a tax free state and it cost to send that much money but I'll be receiving it back...and I told him I didn't have 250 and he told me all I have to pay is 180 and he would pay the rest....he gave me his name and phone number IDK it all sounded good but I JUST DONT KNOW

If someone says you won a free grant, but you have to send him money first, don't do it. If you really won something, you would get it. You wouldn't need to pay first.

If you send money to a scammer, you won't get it back.

I just received a call from an unknown number; along with a lady I could barely understand stating she is from the department of health and human services. I asked her to repeat herself every time she spoke. I qualified for a grant from the government for paying my " taxes " on time and don't have a criminal record. She knew my name, address and the last four of my social security (because I intentionally gave it to her wrong.) I asked for her office address and phone number to look the place up. She gave me a social security office address in Seattle, WA with a long pause in between then provided a zip code. That's when I hing up and found this website. What I'd like to know is--who aols these people mu information?

I wasn't scammed. I just wonder how to get these people to stop calling me. I've received about 10 phone calls today, some of them from the same number. I've blocked the numbers, but they keep calling from different numbers. Is there any way to make it stop?

I work third shift, so I woke up to a couple missed calls from a private number. I couldn't call it back, so I figured if it was important, they would call back. Sure enough, they did, and I answered to hear a woman that sounded Indian telling me I was being granted $5000 from the US Government (How she put it, though I had problems understanding her). I called her out on it, saying I didn't think the government would call me from a blocked number, and she got offended and tried to argue with me. She gave me a number with a 315 area code and a confirmation number, which I wrote down, then I hung up and looked it up. Number was for Syracuse, NY, then I found this website. Never give your information out to anyone without knowing exactly who you're giving it to. I work too hard for my money to go to scammers like this.

I just received a call for a grant in the amount of $9000 and gave me three options to receive it. so I chose walmart and then was informed that I need to bring $250 with me to receive the money and I told her and her name is Stella Romero and here is the phone number she gave me with the extension 315-675-4320 ext.8815 they even gave me a grant id number to use. When I told her that if this was real why would I have to pay $250 to get the money she said for a lifetime registration so has anyone come across this person. I hope for some feedback.

You're right - you shouldn't pay money to get money. If you really win a prize, you get the prize. You don't have to pay for it.

If someone tells you a story about winning a prize, but they want you to send them money first, don't do it.  This FTC article about prize scams has more information about spotting scams.

Just got off the phone with someone echoing exactly what you guys are saying. I told them to call back tomorrow, that I was law enforcement. Let's see. Let's see this money dropping on my lap.


I received two calls today, one I did not answer and one I did. The one I answered was from a man with a very thick accent. He suggested I qualified for grant money due to paying my taxes. I just have to answer 4 specific questions in 4 specific ways about education. I am to lie about my interest in attending school in the near future, and then get connected to at least 1 school. Then the money is mailed to me in 2-3 days. He assured me it is not a scam since I don't have to pay anything. All I have to do is wait for another call from some place in 5-10 minutes. I am annoyed I was on the phone already, so I won't be answering the next call. It would be so great if people really did beat down my door asking if they can give me money, but I live in reality where the only people knocking are people asking for my money.

So I just got called from this guy stating I was selected for not having a criminal record and stuff to get a $7000 government grant. So they asked to verify information which at that point they verified mailing zip code. All my government documents and paper work I have them with my sisters address and only stuff like insurance and things like that I have to a PO 2 hours away from my sisters. Now this guy verifies my PO BOX zip code?? way to fishy.. Then they verified my age. Im like what does my age have to do with the grant. Any ways I told him. Im 27. Then he gave me a grant confirmation number and a phone number to call. I called just to see how it works and this guy telling me to go to wallgreens or cvs or rite aid and but $200 on a itunes card. I asked hey why does it have to be itunes. Western Union does not work like that. So he gives the excuse that its to activate the account. dumb. Then I asked him if its a government thing the webpage should be .gov and they had given me which doesnt exist. OMG this people are so dumb. So I told him ok I dont have the money Ill call back tomorrow if I get it. He was like no tomorrow it will delete and we will give to someone else it has to be today. If you want to go Ill stay with you on the phone.
1: no government employee wants to waste their time on the phone with you.
2: grants are not just given out like that. You have to fill out paper work.
3: Government grants dont require for you to pay anything upfront
4: Government never makes a transaction to any western union or things like that they direct deposit or send you a check.
5: if its your money you should be able to claim it any day
*********** people please dont fall for this ******************

I just got the same phone call from a 213 phone # for the following: Government grant $9,200 Not necessary to pay back Give you bank info/put $ on MC or Western Union Call Treasury Dept. 206-946-8176 Approval AK432 Grant verification Dept. Cindy Bini x213 She stated that once a year the government gives out free grants to $1,500 people that have paid their taxes and bills in a timely manner


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