Fake Government Grants — Real Refunds

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

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

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

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

Read Government Grant Scams for more.

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I was scammed and I am a single mother and those people ripped me off and that is very upsetting too how people don't care that they are taking money away from my children!! I am so devasted that was the last money I had for the month too. so please catch these stuiped irrogant people. GOD IS GOOD...

I've been scammed recently by someone making fake checks and taking payday loans out in my name thank you for the info

I was actually scammed the same way .. How did you go about this matter I have no idea where to begin but these people called and said I was approved for a $10,000 grant witch I did apply for a grant then 2weeks later ive been contacted by law firms about payday loans ive never excepted

Thank you for this tip. I have been swarmed with letters offering huge prices for payment of fees. I have to bin all. This includes foreign lotteries.

We need real careful with that. Scams there are in all places. But no everyone is that way. We have out there honesty people.Just need real careful.

People lose money every day with scams. The precaution is the best thing.

People losing money every day and lawyers/other companies making just as much to "fix" the problems. It's a double edged failure of a system we have no one wants to fix it because there's to much money in it being broken.

Otherwise you'd see more laws that prevent disputed claims from being used against your credit report until the matter is confirmed. Instead they allow companies to use it as leverage against consumers.

Scam takes advantage people that do not have knowledge on scams and master mind plans. I have learned my lession from scammers, after recieving serious no questions asked letter, that give the make believed facts that its true. Now I know if they mention western union and money tranfers its a scam.

Okay I had someone call me with an internet number today...When I explained to them that I was going to report them...And got off the phone to call the number to who they said was an account manager...I tried calling the 800 number given 800-518-4726 for a second time and it was quickly out of order...the call back number for this fake acct. manager was (206)462-5509 and the internet ID number that showed up when my phone rang was a 63660....They gave a fake confirmation #FM7121 then a fake Security Code of 3525 everything was fake...When I called the 800 number and threaten to report them they sworn I had written the confirmation number down wrong and they needed to check my file and wanted me to call back in 30 minutes but instead they called me back and said the confirmation number was #SM7121 However they mentioned that I need to pay $10.00 to the Western Union to get the $8000 they didn't realize that I already knew that you pay no money to get money on a Federal Grant and also who ever heard of paying only $10.00 get $8000 through Western Union...BS

Got a call about a $8,500 US Government "grant". Called me back numerous times, very, very poor English. I'm on the Do Not Call list, got by using what the caller ID says is a cell phone, the numer is 828-303-5558, immediately I called it its a non- working number.

im in north carolina i had someone with broken english tell me about same thing called couple time kept saying asking if i had 210 to pay for transfer fee beforei could get money i told them i checked internet said you are scam he try to confirm he wasnt what ithought was odd i told him i dont have money or bank acct anymore it been closed after i gave him information of my acct

I just received the same type of call,the name the he gave me was Jaden Suzuki (202)697.7222.He knew my current address which is not my home address. That was creepy. I am on the do not call list and have a non published cell number as well. I reported it to the local Police and posted it on my facebook page.

I was victim of one of these bogus government grant scams. I was approved for 7,500 grant, but I didn't seem to buy it at first nor the second time. I kept hanging up, but these people were persistent in calling me up. I very curiously decided to follow up, and the dummy created rapport with one of the males named John Spencer who promised me something I never received. It ain't worth specifying the amount I lost, but there are bad people out there waiting to invent a fake English name for themselves and using an area code that seems legit coming out of Washington DC. I feel dumb for paying through Western Union and following up on their numbers without consulting helpful resources on scams nor speaking to anyone. God Bless you all ten times for your honest labor, and seeking to earn money in the most deceitful, dishonest, and cruel manner.

I got a call about 8,400 dollars, they wanted me to send 235 dollars by western union, but I did apply for a grant about 2 months earlier, I paid an app fee of 28.13 and was told I would get it back but I never received it. So I called FTC on them, I haven't tried to call the solicitors back yet. But I will.

I was also scammed by this phone number 281 671-5357.His name is Steve Smith. With a Middle East Ascent.Said he is a federal agent if I dont send him 300.00 dollars I will have a want for my arrest.

I was scammed also today embarrassed to say so but it is what it is i also applyed for a grant then exactlly two days later i was contacted by a woman askin my name and conferming my address claiming that i had been approved for a grant of 8,400 and gave me a con for mation code to give to the man who would be contacting me that day so not thinking twice i waited and when he called i procied to give the information then he told me that all i needed to recieve this money was to pay an application fee of 211.00 but i didnt have it so i told him i would contact him once i did and i asked around and my brother told me he had never herd of anyone sending money to recieve money from the government but i did it any way you know it sounded really good at the time you know a way out for me and my kids but now im in deeper than i was a month ago ive given these people over 2,000 dollors i dont have and now have to pay that back but i will be calling in the morning to get this situated hopfully god willing these people called me by the name of pamela stevens 3153521357 it said new york james brown 2024077222 i know, the name screams SCAAMM... and last but not least brandon ward 2028083678 these last two numbers said westchester,DC and waldorf,MD Ive learned my leason.

Also, beware of 202-436-9770 same type of scam,same Washington,DC location.

I just received a phone call saying that I would be awarded government money because I've never filed bankruptcy. 202-436-9770. I told the guy that I knew he was scamming people and he hung up on me. Besides,no government agency ever calls back that fast when you call and don't leave a message. They have caller ID.

it just happened to me today. oh my god the problem is I sent the money that I have to pay for my car insurance. what should I do??

If you think you've been a victim of a government grant scam, file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. You also can report it to your state Attorney General.

I am glad to have caller ID, because when I look up some of the numbers I see on my caller ID, I see complaints about them receiving such calls from many numbers that they must pay $$ for whatever service the gov't requires, etc or they will be arrested. I just never pick up.

I have been called several time by someone with a foreign accent about the money grant scam and after I listen He said he would call back but I call him at my phone id number and he answer the phone no secretary than he requested a fee for the needy people because I had to donate some money from the grant for the needy people??? Him of cause. Then he said that if I did not accept the money because according to him the "goverment" was verifying that I was the person that someone had contacted to issue the money. If I did not accepted the money some agent was going to serve me we a warrant. Yeah right. I am still waiting for some "agent" to serve the warrant so I can call the authorities on his ass.

Received call from 1-805-202-2011, California, and the man was talking fast, hard accent, telling me I have been awarded a grant but they needed information. At the end he wanted $3.95. I told him I would send him a check! He would not accept a check. (I hung up because if I would give my credit card number or my check information he could have cleaned my account)!

I just received a call from a woman with a foreign accent telling me that I just received $9,200 grant money which I did not have to pay back. I was given a confirmation # and a telephone # (202-738-1453) and that I have 45 minutes to call. This very same woman called me a while back and when I said I was not interested, she said F--- You and hung up. I stayed on the line this time hoping to get information that may incriminate them.

just received a call from 202 210 0054 from a man with very poor english saying he was from the government trying to give me a $9000 grant and eanted me to confirm my bank details i told him to tell me what my bank info was and i'd confirm it that way had the same number call my husband's phone i never applied for a grant and both my cell phone and my husbands are on the do not call list and no i didn't give my banking info

July 26 2013 just received call from 202 210 0054 same other person saying 9000 dollar grant one time in life time help fix my place pay bills than give approval number have call Alice Parker at 202 7384169,talk har asked how can tell this scam she replayed that would give direct line number gave green dot number i don't use .told like check in said fine but want me to go to western union send $250.00 she step me threw told her I needed talk to friend she said ok call back if want $9000 grant like the officer to caught them use green dot track them that be great before scam people handicap I am but I at least look up number 1593 people wrote how its scam let get them please

Did you call and cancel your card any way

Yesterday I got I call saying I was approved for a 10,200 grant from the government and that it was a once in a life time grant so I said on the phone talking to this guy named Charles Luu that had a mid East ascent he took my info and at the end he asked for my bank info it sounded odd so I told him I didn't have one so he asked me if I had a debit card and all he need was the 16 digit number along the front of the card and that as soon as I have it to him my my grant money would put into my card I told him I did not have it on me so he have me a another number to call (202)470-2437 and said that when I found it to call this number and I would get my money I found my card and called the number where a women answered wit another mid East ascent named Jennifer Hackens I fell like a dumb but now cause I did go on to give her my card number and at the end of it all she told me that she needed me to go to western union and pay 185 dollars to receive my 10,200 dollar grant but that the 185 will be donated to any charity I choose
I didn't have the 185 so she told me to call back when I did and he would walk me through the steps and I would get my money
.........I guess the good thing is that I didn't pay the 185 and the cared number I have her was from a green dot card that I don't use
I went into this Web site today to do a lil research on government grants and I glad I did now cuz I was really thinking about calling this number back when I got the 185 dollars together. Now Iam glad I checked it out
The other number is(202)470-2437
Please be careful always remember that you don't pay for money that already been approved for you and that the government don't go around cold calling people for grants that they never applied for
These people don't care if they are taking away from families

I am a government employee and have been put in a situation with sequestration. today I received a call from a 202-210-0054 number that the woman who could barely speak English stated as part of the government furlough that I was entitled to a $9000.00 grant that was being given to furloughed employees and ALL I had to do was either give my checking account number or a credit card number where they could send the money. So government employees beware if they are trying to play on the fact that we are losing money as is with furloughs don't lose none to this scam....if the government had the money to give away like this why would e be furloughed?

hello,
I was fooled by a stupid Indian people, and I paid 291 for them and I never received anything from them. what should I do???

Because most of the people on this page are on the Do Not Call list and because these scammers have unpublished cell phone numbers, not to mention personal information; for instance, that you were on furlough or that I am disabled; could these scammers have gotten this information from hacking into government (HSA particularly) databanks?

I also received a call today from a heavy accented man offering a government grant of $9000. I asked which department he was from and he said the Government Grant Department. I asked to speak with his manager and he said I have to verify information and get a confirmation number in order to speak with his manager. I refused to give him any information so he hung up. I went on the internet to try to find out if there really are government grants being offered and, after finding this, I am so relieved that I didn't give any information. I am so sorry that so many people lost money.

I have received a call today from a heavy accented man stating I was pre-selected for a 10,000 dollar grant from this number (212) 121-212 his name was Alex. He then gave me this number to call (202 239-8451. I told them I don't give account numbers out over the phone. They told me to get a dot green card thing for 180$. I lied and stated I have 1 dollar to my name. I knew it was a scam. The second lady I spoke to said there was lag in the call..that is what made me think this is not real. Then she handed the phone off to a man... he was the one who asked for the money. These people are taking advantage of lower to middle class people in the USA. This group is working over seas. I hope our government does something fast.

i recieved a call today from a 1 212 121 212 number from the govermant loan deparment and a man with a middle eastern accent offered me a 10,000 doller loan and they gave me a conformation number and asked me to call 202-239-8451 where a woman with a better accent ansewerd they wanted a credit card number so a gave them a card i don't use anymore but still valid when they found out that i was unemployed they wanted me to get another card with paypal on it and to put 180 dollers on it to get my money witch i'm not gonna do now

I just got call within past hour about how I am to receive 7000.00 USD from the government (grant) because I have always paid my taxes on time and I have no criminal record. the number comes in as unavailable and a chinese or asian person (woman) tells me a few details and then when I informed her I don't have a visa or credit card account #'s she says to call 202-470-3539 and speak to a supervisor (Jacqueline Lee) to furnish "file approval # JK135" to request my 7000.00. Then Jacqueline proceeds to repeat same as (Jessica Gates) but says I will need to send a security deposit of 290.00 before they process the 7000.00 with the refundable 290.00 added to that as the amount I will receive today.

Received phone call from 984-514-2254, he said his name is Jay Silba. He stated he is working at U.S. Grant.gov, and I will receive $7,000 for personal grant. Then he gave me a phone number at 206-201-2329 to call.
When I call while I speaking with Jay Silba, a man his name is John pretend to working at Washington D.C., and I should go to Western Union to receive Government Grant. But if I want to receive $7000, I should deposit $265 for charge of Federal Reserve Bank Fee. It was really prepared professionally and it may large organization. They had my address and phone number, and fully identify about me. I didn't believe from beginning of this call, because government will never call individual grant for personal cellular phone. So after I finish conversation with those scammer, I called immediately to FTC.gov. How evil people existing.

I just got the same call and the guy gave out the same information except under a different name...luckily after the call I checked if it was for real or not. They made the conversation sound so real.

what can i do plz help me out i lost 265 it sound it so real

If you think you've been a victim of a grant scam, file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. You also can report it to your state Attorney General.

I'm so glad I just found this page while I was on the phone with them.. Lucky for me I gave them a prepaid card with NO money on it. Now I'll just rip the card up and apply for a new one!

202 2398451 How I can report this number, its sad that a woman pick up the phone and she is scammer too.

I just received a call today saying I had won a $9200.00 Government Grant also. I listened to the guys and told them to just send it to my address which he already had (Strange) had a Middle eastern accent also. I called western union to see if they had processed any similar clams the person told me not to trust this type of deal and to go to FTC site and their site and post this info. No money lost and no info given to the culprits.

I Just recieved a call 10,000 dollar Government Grant, want Bank accounts or credit card gave him nothing. same MO middle Eastern accent. number202-241-3817 with an Id number given.

Anyone calling and informing you about the amount of Grant you have been approved for is a SCAM.

No one will call and inform you. If you have been granted a grant it will be sent to you in black and white on your registered email address.

So take care of scammers and frauds

I just got a call from a 202# stating they had a government grant of $10000.00 and I was selected by the u.s. government as I had no criminal record (which I do) and have never filed bankruptcy. I asked her if they selected me was it by my name or address? She rudely stated mmask listen to me...I couldnt understand her very broken English and too much static.....she said they picked me geographically. Ok so then how do they know my background? Anyway then she stated she was going to give me a confirmation code and phone number to call all I had to do is give her my card number and it could be a green dot or credit or debit card or even a Ross card and I would get $8000.00 deposited into my account in 15 minutes. Ok so the difference in amounts plus they chose me personally because of background but yet it was geographical area. And damn lady I just got this number 3 days ago. Plus no-one deposits on a Ross card. Wth? I'm going to report this now. I'm broke and jobless I have a criminal background. Good luck with that LOL

I just got a Call a few minutes ago saying I Got a Government Grant Loan of 10,200 and they gave me a Comfornation number as well then said I had to pay Donation to Red Cross if 180.00 before they would release the money from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.... I have the Chasing my Email and they won't stop ,, I even talk to FBI... Becare Out There... 1-202-697-7222 , 1-292-470-2437... Scammers #s!!!

i just got a call from them saying i got 7k and then as he was talking it became 8k and they want me to call ba a sean williams at 202 407 9059

Hey I experienced the same thing today and was going to pay them when I got the money until I saw these stories. The number they called me from was 347 573 9347

I just got my call about 20mins ago. I didnt give my last name. They sent me to call the "boss/manager" in which he was trying to get me to tell him my last name but I told him I think it's a scam. I told he he should tell me more about the money and how I will get it. Then he put me on hold and was gone lol lol. They had confirmation numbers and everything, but I wouldn't give that last name. I am up to the games I AM A NEW YORKER! they can't fool me that easily!

After months of receiving these calls, I finally answered on October 17,2013. I was told I had been "selected" to receive $7500.00,tax free,no repayment required, but first I had to wire $280.00,and I would receive $7500.00 from the "U.S Free Grant Funding Dept.",after the $280.00 was received!When I started questioning them about this so called "grant money",the call was disconnected! If it's free, then why would I have to pay? IF IT SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE,QUESTION IT,BEFORE YOU SEND YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY!!

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