Fla-Grant lies

Growing up, we all learned that money doesn’t grow on trees. Here’s another hard truth: 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.

The scam starts with a call from a ‘spoofed’ phone number that seems to be from Washington, DC. The caller gives an official-sounding agency name like the ‘Federal Grant Education Department’ or ‘US Grant Commission’ and may know your name and address. When he finishes blabbing about the money you’ll get, there’s a catch: he wants you to pay a transfer fee or application fee, give him your bank account number, or send a check before he sends the ‘grant.’ Save yourself time and money. Don’t respond.

If you get a call like this, hang up right away. Remember:

  • if you didn’t apply for a federal grant, the government won’t call and offer you one
  • the federal government doesn’t charge a fee to apply for educational or other grants

These sites address federal financial help:

  • StudentAid.ed.gov tells how to qualify and apply for grants, loans and other federal financial aid for education beyond high school
  • Benefits.gov helps you find money and benefits you might get for job training, childcare assistance, health care and other needs
  • GovLoans.gov lists federal loans available for housing, disaster relief, education, veterans and other purposes.
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Thanks for that info just like I suspected. Keep an eye on me

I was told I could get help because CTIA it's hard to read small letters but I Changed my mind I'm to proof to ask government for any help I tried just for sight hearing never again

ASo new number. Very important they are also calling from California number they all start 818-337 something most are 2205,2206,2207.I.and so on. They called me from 818-337-0207

This is some real crap I'm broke needed this money in the worst way these ppl called with the answers to my prayers yeah rite now they want the hundred more for me to get this cash whatever

received 2 call 9/18 & 9/21 from a spoof ## and was told i would receive $8.500 from a gov.grant. Was referred to the following#'s (1) 2063172870 -Susan Brown (2) 2063172871 Simon King I knew both were scams and they hung up on me when asking question got complecated for them to answer. :)

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Beware of phony refund calls that get you to open your bank online account just to check wich one is the best target (pretending it faster this way to deposit the money)

and when they spot it,they pretend this is the one they can only access now and the audacity of telling you the former transactions are still under verification and the rewrite all your bank info while they black out your screen

and when they are done they tell you you see,we deposit the money into your account go return the difference wich the calculate to be the your original balance.That's what they did to me,and when I check directly from the bank,there was no deposit.SCAM SCAM SCAM.

Be careful to on sight you go on you will get in trouble

I applied obline for a government grants, I was contacted from two different parties claiming I was granted monies. They gave me a name of RONNIE KINGSTON GOVERNMENT ID:USFG2069. I received this call on Tuesday, November 3,2015. I received calls last week also claiming the same thing.

we are asking loan on Parkinson's research pass one year.But not answered yes or no.If you say no we will be happy people on this earth.Because we have lot of work to do after getting loan.we have to work hard on our research to bring raw-medicine to America to save many life there.we are going to private medicine company to sell our Parkinson's disease project how we cure Parkinson's disease.please leave us we can not wait like cow for grass.Day are passed.thank you.

we have sent many message to IRS and FTC .thank you.

I replied to all I'm not spending hours and days as you dig up dirt you didn't help from them start these are silly games you are playing I have to repair a lot on my own with some pretending to be me I'm done

Received another call few moments ago 11:50AM from an unavailable number with the same scam. this time I was given the same number 206 317 2870 using code LZ209 & speak with Susan Brown

Thank you for this service, we tell or friends to get on your list.

These people must lie awake nights dreaming up this stuff.

The ftc is really helpful. Thank you.

Thanks for the update.

BERNIE: Only you can read & understand this stuff for the college student loans and other scams.

Seems appropriate.

Thanks I went in wrong area FTC

Which link do I use to apply for research grants involving shrimp running on treadmills?

In the recent past I had 5 of the above mentioned calls - increasing each time in the amounts offered. Each person calling was told by me that they were scammers and don't call back-all callers Asian until the last call was a white women trying to sound business like thinking I guess that she sounded legit,I laughed at her & said you have to be kidding. Call #4 was an Asian man who tried to intimidate me and I told him when documentation showed up from Treasury-Grant dept then I would verify his claim and if ok would talk to him. He got mad, it turned into a yelling incident and I hung up. Just e-mail FTC and let them know whats going on. These creeps are really rotten.

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Well glad I have worked in the call center business long enough to know that when the middle eastern man, India, I think, asked for my Fed aid user name and password. My personal one that in use to log into and put all my sensitive private info to get my student loans in first place. I knew then it was fake cause if they were working for Fed gov they would know a lot more then that and would want something more

What does the Fla-Grant refer to? Unfamiliar...

The blog is about flagrant lies scammers tell about fake grants.

A friend of my Mom's told me about the Federal Government giving away grant money for 1st time business owners etc. I'm a new Author and thought I would check it out to see about grant funds for the publishing of my additional book series. (red flag) The email address is Sharron.Mathew

I sent an email and asked general questions. How does the process work? How do you qualify? Do I qualify. What does the grant funds have to be used for specifically etc... (red flag) What I thought was strange is after sending my email I went out of town and didn't check my personal email again for about a week. (red flag) Philip Mathew responded rather demanding indicating they had responded to my original email and they needed my personal information ASAP. (red flag) The email they sent didn't answer any of my questions but again demanded my personal information ASAP to receive my funds. Another red flag was no real documentation required other than just send personal information through email. The Federal Government always wants documentation and lots of it.

I then asked if they could call me because I wasn't getting the information I needed to proceed. Philip quickly responded and informed me they were too busy to call but he then sent me a 3-4 minute text of all my personal information he would need. I'm now just playing along because I want to get enough information to report to the Attorney Generals office and BBB. Philip made a mistake and dialed my phone which I could tell he had a African accent. He quickly hung up and text me saying bad connection. His number is 202 844 8545 (Washington DC). He then sent me another text indicating funds running low but I could western my $500 fee to get my $50,000.00 Federal Government Grant but I needed to do it quickly to Georgiana Navarro in Honolulu Hawaii. This is a total SCAM please do not fall for it. Nothing of this world is free.......SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM

This is America, nothing is FREE!!!!!!.

I just received a call similar to this stating that I am eligible for a grant from the government if I go down to a MoneyGram store...I got disconnected a short way into the conversation after I mentioned that I had not applied for a grant. Seemed like a scam to me. The number I was supposed to call was a Washington number (202) 599-8791. Be wary please.

What about Advanced Social Media, and online Education Network? And now I have been contacted by another company for

If you want a grant for education or other reasons, use the free federal government resources listed in the blog post.

If you get a call out of the blue, and the caller says you won a grant, or are eligible for a grant, or might be eligible for a grant, BUT you have to send money or give your bank or credit card account number first, don't get involved.

This FTC blog post says more about grant scams.

Over the past 2 months, I've received at least 3 calls from non-working numbers that appear to be calling from Los Angeles or Washington, D.C. Each caller, who has a thick Middle Eastern or Indian accent, claims that I have been randomly selected to receive a government grant. Previously, I've asked how they got my number and told them to remove it from their call list. This morning's call, however, was from L.A. But he said he was in Washington, D.C... The caller spoke with a thick Middle Eastern accent, claimed he was with the Department of Health in D.C., and asked for banking or credit card information in order to receive the grant. He asks how I'd like to be paid and I said I would not and that I wanted my number removed. He urged me that I "could do this," but I said there's no way I'm giving personal information because I didn't trust him, his so-called company, or the idea that the American government would issue an $8500 grant by telephone and the worker responsible for contacting me would speak with such a thick foreign accent. When I continually refused and pressed him on how they got my number, he accused me of "not trusting [my] government," claimed I should be ashamed, took offense that I accused him of trying to scam people, and again, said I should be "totally, totally ashamed to call [myself] an American. Don't fall for it, people. I share this to warn others and to update the FTC on the details of the calls that American consumers are receiving.

I commented on and posted on this that don't relate to me a mistake

I got a call this morning from a middle east man saying the Gov was giving me a grant for 6700 dollars then he went on to give me another number to call the number he gave me was 561-257-3473 so the 1st thing I did was run a searcher on that number it was from or close to bocratan Fl even showed me a map of were this person resides he also gave me a ladys name her name was Rose Milton said be sure to ask for her so iam letting u all no this is a scam I have not even or ever applided for a grant I hope with this name I gave they catch the basters for trying to scam people

I have a issue I I apologize

I revved a letter from the United States Department of State stating the Passport Dept is conducting a survey of information of passport holders to update their information. I was to do this even if I was going to apply for one or not, My passport had expired a long time ago. If I did not fill out their form they would call me. I ignored the letter and a month later. I record another one which I also ignored. Then got a call that rang about 4 times and then hung up. Caller ID. said Passport study. I called the Passport. Dept and they knew nothing about sush a letter. Another scam to get personal info.

You did the right thing by checking with the legitimate agency. This might have been a scam to get your personal or financial information.

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In the last two weeks, I have received three of these calls. Two of them were "awarding" me $7000 and one, $9200. The first person who calls does not ask for any information other than verify your name. They give you a Grant Information ID# and a phone number to call their Senior Financial Officer to verify all your information and make arrangements for payment. That is as far as I let it go. I am sure if you call that number they will try to get all your pertinent info.

I got a call asking for my personal information so that I could get a free "refill" for my prescriptions. The call was from 218-382-3220, Barnum, MN

I got a call from 214-414-1037 from a foreign man claiming his name to be Jamie Walters. He told me that I was chosen randomly out of 1700 people and that I have a government check in the amount of 9200.00. Just need to go to money gram or a western union and call them back when i get there and they would take me step by step on what to do next. He gave me another number to call 206-201-2683 I called it and a foreign woman named Michelle Smith answered and she gave me more info. She told me that I need to send 200.00 from western union and then she would send me the 200.00 back making my fund 9400.00. I was feeling uneasy bout sending the 200.00 dollars so I asked if there was another government agency that I could talk to and she connected me to her supervisor which I pretty sure that it was Jamie Walters. His name was William Floyd and again he was a foreign man as well. I asked him if he could give me a number to a government agency that I could verify that this was not a scam and he could not. He said his agency was out of Washington D.C. named "Triple H". I pray that this will help you out so that you can stop these people.

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I have been getting the same calls if I send them 200 dollars I will receive 9000 in Grant Money. Glad I found out it is a scam.

I am on here to advise of being called about receiving a gov grant they claimed i was chosen by my fed tax filing last yr. They wanted my bank account ot credit card number when I stated I wasnt releasing that information if this was legit they could send a check in the mail. the man stated oh no way mam & i stated well then you are not legit & he said thank you for wasting my time. I told him i would report his number 1-860-294-9624

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I just got a call from an indian man that said I was approved for a free Grant. Call came from: 601-201-6323

this is some # 202-000-0999 tried calling three times last 2 day's

Me and my wife received calls from 202-381-2830 and told us they are calling from govt.federal loan department, we got 3 calls from same no. one time caller told me this is adam, second call janak speaking and third call carolyn speaking from govt.tressary dept. we knows this is a scam so every time we hanged up the phone

I got a call from a woman that could barely speak English and said her name was Jane Swilson from phone number 202 798 7300. I then had to call 202 436 9939 ext HTC 737 and I spoke to a man that I could barely understand and could not pronounce Oklahoma. He kept saying Oaklandhoma. He said his name is James Robertson with the Financial department of Grant with the US Treasury. He told me, I had to go to a store and send $260.00 security deposit and within minutes I would get it back along with $9000.00. I was playing along to get as much information as I could before telling him I knew it was a scam. He refused to answer one question I kept asking, what information would he need to send me the money? I never did go to a store and I called him back to inform him I did my research and I knew this is a scam and that they are lying. I told them not to call me again. and I hung up. they then called back 3 time. On the third call I told them they could not speak to Mr. Berry that this is no longer his phone number.

I got this call while I was awaiting calls back from energy assistance program after losing my job last month. The guy had a foreign sounding accent and said that I would get $9,000 from government grant if I gave him my bank card number, expiration, and 3 digit code. I gave him info for a card that had been cut off a long time ago. He gave me a phone number to call for confirmation for funds. I tried to call number and it was disconnected. I just hate that the caller used "Unavailable" as caller id because that is what the State of Nevada uses when their welfare office calls you back. That is the only reason I even answered my phone (otherwise I am actively avoiding all my collection calls from creditors, payday lenders and student loan servicers).Would have been nice to get help when I needed it most. Power was shut off last week and received 24 hour eviction notice today. Glad I gave them a bogus card number - I am unemployed... None of my cards actually work!

I received a call from an unavailable number, identifying themselves as The Grants Dept. I was told that I was selected for a grant for being an upstanding citizen ( paying taxes, no criminal record, etc) and was given a confirmation number and the telephone # 202-657-4167 to recieved additonal steps. They asked me if i wanted it direct deposited or Money Gram. Now me , not being a fool , know good and damn well im not about ti give my personal information to anyone over the phone that i didnt request to call me, SO i said send it to me via money gram. I called the second number and this is when I told to take a certain amount of money with me to the Money Gram, all they heard after that was CLICK..... who to these people think they are.

I just received a phone call today. The first one was (202)410-2826. They told me that the government was giving once in a lifetime free grants. I was given a code bn078 and told to call the manager at (202)738-1483 They told me they would put the $9000 grant money on a Walmart card. Just had to money gram them $250. Then they would stay on the phone with me for 40 to 45 minutes while the money was being transferred. When I told them I didn't have the money they said to just call them back when I did.

I received a call from 202.573.8196, 202.657.4167, and 202.559.0663 telling me I qualified for a federal grant of $9,000. when I asked how I qualified for this grant they told me a survey of 1700 people was done and because I have not filed bankrupcy, I pay my taxes, etc. I was chosen to receive this money to assist in paying my debt. I was given a grant confirmation number of TR and told to call an Officer at 202.559.0663 to process my grant. When i called I spoke to someone named Jacob Ty at ext 1017. I could receive the grant after I registered with the Federal Reserve Bank with a refundable payment of $230. I could receive the money via direct deposit or money gram. He advised me to go to the closest Walmart and to call him from the parking lot so he could walk me thru the process. Once I paid the $230, he would stay on the line until i received the money gram of $9230 back. I hung up the phone and researched this where I found a slew of information of people who receieved the same type of call. While I was researching this I received a call back from the same number asking me where I was. I told him that I did research and that I believed this was a scam, he assurred me that it was not and gave me a website to verify what he was saying. The website is . He told me if I went to member login and entered my confirmation number of TR it would provide me with all the documentation. When I entered the confirmation number it told me I entered an incorrect password. He then told me that I had to register with the Federal Reserve Bank and pay the refundable fee before my information would appear. I told him I would not be paying anything, he persistently told me in a very low voice (as if he was whispering) that the fee was for verification purposes. I told him that I would be reporting him and all of the information hes given me to the government. He told me he would decline the grant for me. This is very scary as they are very convincing and a less suspicious person could be scammed easily. I have been receiving calls for a few days from Washington DC numbers and ignored them, I only answered this call to tell them to take me off the call list. I'm glad I answered as I hope I can save someone else from being scammed.

Received call from 1-626-768-4481, spoke with Robin,male,heavy accent, possibly Indonesian, display showed from Raftelis Financing,tracked to Pasadena CA, carrier- Level 3 Communications LLC,linked to scams originating from overseas using voip to make appear as coming from within the US. Said I was approved for free educational grant from the government, when I kept asking why he disconnected call. Now he keeps calling, leaves stupid messages and /or disconnects continually.

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I was suspicious from the start because: 1. the foreign accent was so strong as to be nearly unintelligible; 2. I don't believe the government gives away money on a whim!; 3. if the government were giving a grant (if I had applied for one) they would send a registered letter.

Same here i could barely understand what they said to me,they called from a Washington D.C area code asking for my banking account or a card number either way i said id call back just to see what they would say so she gave me a number and a name Debra Dawson also a grant number of DV597 to refer to, it just seems to good to be true so i tracked the number to see where it came from it was next to lafyette park in Washington dc idk how they get these numbers but be careful ask questions they will slip up eventually

I get these calls from Washington dc atleast 10 times a day. I have asked them to take me off their calling list and they still continue to call. My husband went off on them saying why would someone from another country be giving away our governments money. It got so bad on the phone the guy on the other end threaten us. So my husband who was in the army threaten him back, alot of things were said and they finally apologized. We stopped receiving calls for months but now they are back.

We were initially contacted a few months ago stating that we we selected to receive $9,200 govt grant that didnt have to be paid back and it was because we hadn't filed bankruptcy, paid bills on time, etc. We were given a "GG" code and told to contact supervisor at the following # (202)738-1502. I let it go until today and decided to call it back since they didnt further contact me. I spoke with lady named "Jennifer Johnson" I was asked for the GG code. I was then told that I needed to pay a $400.00 security deposit + $11.50 to Moneygram and that after 1hr the funds would be transferred to me in the amount of $9,600; the grant money plus my deposit back. Stupidly I did it. She was to call back in an hr. 50 minutes After I sent the money, a new lady "Christie Johnson" her supervisor called me back telling me that there was a mistake and since my credit score was not to par that I needed to pay an additional $750.00 dollars for the taxes on the money in order for it to be released, and that the amount of the grant would be increased to $11,000; which would include the $750.00 refunded back to us. I was like no. I don't have that kind of money + I just sent you $400.00. I want a refund for that money back now, since I believe this to be a scam. 1.) the voices of the women were the same, 2.) Names to close to each other for coincidence and 3.)They asked for money when grants are free. She told me that she couldn't refund it back since it was now part of the original money to be transferred back to us, people names can be different, and it wasn't her asking for the money the tax commissioner was. I said no your scamming me return my money. So then she offered as today only to "lend" us $250.00 of the $750.00 so we would only need to come up with $500.00 cash to release the funds to us, but that I had to do it before 6:30 EST since she left then. I didn't send the other $500.00 and filed a complaint with the FTC.

they just contacted me and Im not going to react off of this

recieved a call from a Wash DC number, 202-798-7300, stating free grant for $9000 and given another to call 352-964-467. Be smart check into things, everyone wants money from anyone, but you should know the Government does NOT give away money like this.

I received 7 calls in the last two days telling me I was approved for a grant. The cause of coming from Ohio, Chicago, California, Washington DC and a couple of other places. They all seem to be from India from their actions. You can barely understand what they're saying.

Here is the callback number that was provided. They require that you give them a 'Money Pass code". 203-418-7140

I got a call from an unknown number saying all this stuff how I will recieve a grant in 2-3 business days, however I have been applying for grants because I am trying to get in school. He went on to say how he needs my card number.. However I dont own a card at the moment. So I told him I dont own a card, if they can write me a check like my school said the government will. He went on to say he will do a store-gram or something like that, I had to call 2062044732. I got on the phone with them it took about 4-5 calls before someone would answer. And the answering machine changed each time. It was really weird. A man answered and told me he will put me on hold. However he may have forgot because I heard everything going on in the back. There was a bunch of people in the back with thick middle eastern accents, saying the same things. And I heard for about 10 minutes before they hung up. There was a bunch of laughing. And talking about grants and money and credit cards/ checks and all that. And I could have sworn I heard my name about 8 times. BE CAREFUL

Well I keep getting calls to my phone from a 1478965458 and 478965458 I've block these numbers but they keep calling my phone and when I try to call it back its disvonnected.

My husband went to sign up for college tonight and applied online for fasfa. The person helping hI'm told him that he would receive a call to confirm it. He then received a call from whom he though was someone in the financial aid office and they did not refute as being as such. They told him that he does qualify for a grant and that in order for him to complete everything and get the packet in the mail about it ge would have to pay a small shipping and handling fee of $1.95. He did it and when he got home and told me I let him know that it didn't sound right so, we checked our account and $3.87 had been taken out from a company Called US funding solutions and another charge from Information USA $4.95. We will be disputing these charges and seeing about filing a police report as well.

Best one I have had so far is a man calling from Newark Airport on a tracfone, telling me I need to wire $340 to Western Union so Homeland Security will allow him to enter the country so he can deliver $250,000 to me in SC

Getting calls every day now from blocked #. When I actually pick up, it sounds like a busy call center in background. Yesterday I let the woman go through her script. She claimed to be with Dept. of Health and Human Services, and said I've been selected to receive grant money..."because of your work on behalf of your government" and clean financials,etc. For pete's sake! As if stroking my ego and using jargon would get me to give you my SSN! I'm glad I stayed on the call to hear the tale she was spinning before I lodged a report/complaint. Also glad I know enough to keep my numbers to myself!

THUS RANDOM NUMBER CALL ME AND SAID i HAVE BEEN GRANTED 6700 DOLLARS FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND THAT I had to call this number and give them my code. They provided me with the code and gave me a second number to call to receive my grant.I called the number and no one answered plus it hung up on me the number I was given 561-257-3473. Again the next day I called someone answered they asked why what was the purpose of my called I said to receive my grant they told me to hold to pull up my account and then they went on saying I needed to give them 250 dollars to register for the grant. I asked them if they could take the payment out my grant he said no that is not possible. So I immediately hung up it was weird, if y'all receive a call from this number hang up please its a scam.

I got the call from 201-923-9250. Agents name was Ronnie Kingston. Complete b.s. don't listen to a word they say!

I just received a call from a Jack or Jackie Arthur and I qualify to receive a $15,000 grant and don't have to pay it back. When I asked for the # to call to get the $$$, they hung up. Really, I am not an idiot.

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