Receiving daily calls from 201-520-9526 Guttenberg, New Jersey. Who ever calls does not leave a message.
I kept getting calls from this number and they never leave a message. I called them back. This company is "SEARCH BY DEGREE"
You can call this number, press OPTION 2 - to be removed from their call list.
2-3x a day. Call, hang up. Never leaves message.
keep calling just tried option 2 on calling them back let u no if it works didnt first time
I keep getting calls from this number,have called the do not call 4 times and they still call!!!!!!
I got three calls from this number yesterday. I did not recognize the number so I didn't answer. From reading these posts I am glad I didn't; it is a number out of New Jersey and it is a scam.
I started getting these calls after I went on line searching for jobs in my area. They are trying to get me to further my education (saying I requested info, which I didn't.) I have tried everything to get them to stop with NO success. Today I threatened legal action.
can you stop
getting calls from this number. do not know it. need it to stop thanks
I GET CALLS FROM THIS NUMBERS AND OTHERS ABOUT FURTHERING MY EDUCATION. NOT INTERESTED. PLEASE STOP THESE CALLS
Just called me-I did not pick up
Unwanted - did not leave message.
I have my cell number on a do not call list.
This number called me twice on my cell, and i didn't answer. I called it back and it is something about "furthering you education."
I would like to report unwanted calls from the number listed above.
TOO many calls from this number for days-
No idea, they leave no message.
do not know this caller number- will not answer it. do not want unsolicted calls to my phone
I have been getting repeated messages from them over the past few days. They never leave a message. I am on the Do Not Call registry and am about to file a report with them as well.
I recieved a phone call from this number yesterday and today. No message is left. This is my cell phone and I am on the no call list. They are actually calling me as we speak right now! This is two times today already! MAKE IT STOP!!!!
I have had a couple of calls from this number, none of which I answered and they left no message on VM.
It looks like another telemarketer who is avoiding the DNC list. 201-520-9526
You have applied for a job latley I bet. This is the scource of the schmucks.
Showed up on my caller id.
Is there any way we can find out where these people live - I have a warm gift for them
They will not leave a message and will not stop calling my cell phone....want them to stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Woman with an accent said she was responding to my call about furthering my education. I told her she had the wrong number as I'd made no such inquiry and hung up. So much for the DO NOT CALL LIST I'm supposedly on. This was to my cell phone, not my land line.
I have received several calls from this number and others of this area code. It is a scam and they will continue to call. I have Verizon and contacted them about it. I am blocking the calls to my phone as they appear. I have also reported them to the National Do Not Call Registry.
ALL GRANT OFFERINGS LIKE THIS ONE ARE SCAMS! YOU DO NOT PAY TO GET INFORMATION ON GRANTS - BECAUSE ITS ALREADY FREE! you also do not have to pay someone to apply on your behalf.
Government Grant Scams
Although government grant scams have been around almost as long as the government itself, the majority of the sites being advertised today didn't exist before the November 2008 election.
The "free money" scam has been around almost as long as the human species.
It has more variations than a bulldog has wrinkles but you can count on one thing: the government (any government) does not simply give money away to individuals. Anyone who tells you differently has larceny in his heart.
If you give him your bank account number, he will soon have your funds in his pocket.
It does no good to list all of the names used by these bunko artists because a.) they change all the time and b.) every single free-money government-grant offer is a scam. Period.
In one e-book, The Truth Behind Government Grants Exposed, the author (whoever he or it might be) admits that grants are not easy to get. The e-book goes so far as to say, "Now, I know what you must be thinking, but don't be discouraged because understanding that you do not qualify for the majority of Federal and Private Grants is the first step to actually getting a grant."
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION WEBSITE
?Free Government Grants?: Don?t Take Them For Grant-ed
?Because you pay your income taxes on time, you have been awarded a free $12,500 government grant! To get your grant, simply give us your checking account information, and we will direct-deposit the grant into your bank account!?
Sometimes, it?s an ad that claims you will qualify to receive a ?free grant? to pay for education costs, home repairs, home business expenses, or unpaid bills. Other times, it?s a phone call supposedly from a ?government? agency or some other organization with an official sounding name. In either case, the claim is the same: your application for a grant is guaranteed to be accepted, and you?ll never have to pay the money back.
But the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation?s consumer protection agency, says that ?money for nothing? grant offers usually are scams, whether you see them in your local paper or a national magazine, or hear about them on the phone.
Some scam artists advertise ?free grants? in the classifieds, inviting readers to call a toll-free number for more information. Others are more bold: they call you out of the blue. They lie about where they?re calling from, or they claim legitimacy using an official-sounding name like the ?Federal Grants Administration.? They may ask you some basic questions to determine if you ?qualify? to receive a grant. FTC attorneys say calls and come-ons for free money invariably are rip offs.
Grant scammers generally follow a script: they congratulate you on your eligibility, then ask for your checking account information so they can ?deposit your grant directly into your account,? or cover a one-time ?processing fee.? The caller may even reassure you that you can get a refund if you?re not satisfied. In fact, you?ll never see the grant they promise; they will disappear with your money.
The FTC says following a few basic rules can keep consumers from losing money to these ?government grant? scams:
Don?t give out your bank account information to anyone you don?t know. Scammers pressure people to divulge their bank account information so that they can steal the money in the account. Always keep your bank account information confidential. Don?t share it unless you are familiar with the company and know why the information is necessary.
Don?t pay any money for a ?free? government grant. 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 www.grants.gov.
Look-alikes aren?t the real thing. Just because the caller says he?s from the ?Federal Grants Administration? doesn?t mean that he is. There is no such government agency. Take a moment to check the blue pages in your telephone directory to bear out your hunch ? or not.
Phone numbers can deceive. Some con artists use Internet technology to disguise their area code in caller ID systems. Although it may look like they?re calling from Washington, DC, they could be calling from anywhere in the world.
Take control of the calls you receive. If you want to reduce the number of telemarketing calls you receive, place your telephone number on the National Do Not Call Registry. To register online, visit www.donotcall.gov. To register by phone, call 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236) from the phone number you wish to register.
File a complaint with the FTC. If you think you may have been a victim of a government grant scam, file a complaint with the FTC online at www.ftc.gov, or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters consumer complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database and investigative tool used by hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
Feds: Scammers Falsely "Guaranteed" Government Grants
Court halts operators' deceptive pitches for grant writing book and services
By James Limbach
July 24, 2009
A federal judge has stopped an operation from falsely claiming that it could help consumers secure a "$25,000 Grant" -- guaranteed -- from the U.S. government.
The case is part of a Federal Trade Commission crackdown on scammers trying to capitalize on the economic downturn by targeting people facing financial hardship.
In the complaint the FTC, jointly with the attorneys general of Kansas, Minnesota, and North Carolina, charged that Grant Writers Institute, LLC and its related entities (together, GWI) falsely told consumers that they were eligible for grants as part of the recently announced economic stimulus package .
According to the complaint, the false and deceptive claims by GWI violate federal law, state consumer protection laws, and the FTC's Telemarketing Sales Rule. The complaint seeks a court order permanently stopping the defendants' illegal conduct and forcing them to return money to consumers injured by the scheme.
"Stamping out grant fraud and other types of schemes that take advantage of consumers in dire financial shape continues to be one of the Federal Trade Commission's highest priorities," said David Vladeck, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. "There is no such thing as a guaranteed grant. But to consumers in financial trouble, the chance for extra income -- guaranteed or otherwise -- can unfortunately be a huge draw."
The FTC says since at least 2007, GWI has mass mailed postcards to consumers across the country falsely claiming that the consumers "are Guaranteed a $25,000 Grant from the U.S. Government." Consumers who call the number are pitched a $59 book titled "Professional Grant Writer 'The Definitive Guide to Grant Writing Success.'"
The company's telemarketers falsely claim that the book will explain how to get government grants -- including the "guaranteed" $25,000 grant. GWI and its North Carolina-based telemarketers, also named as defendants in the complaint, then call consumers who have bought the book, trying to get them to pay hundreds of dollars or more for grant research, writing, or coaching services, falsely claiming a 70 percent success rate in securing grant funding.
In reality, few, if any consumers ever receive any grant money.
The Commission contends that in addition to falsely claiming consumers were "guaranteed" to receive grants, GWI used the current government stimulus package to make its pitch. For example, when consumers called the number on the mass-mailed postcard, they heard a recording that said, "If you've been reading the papers you know that recently our government released $700 billion into the private sector. What you probably don't know is that there is another $300 billion that must be given away this year to people just like you."
The recording continues, "And if you're one of the lucky few who knows how to find and apply for these grants, you will receive a check for $25,000 or more, and we guarantee it . . . If you don't get a check for $25,000 or more, you pay nothing."
The following were named as defendants:
? Affiliate Strategies, Inc.;
? Landmark Publishing Group, LLC (d/b/a G.F. Institute and Grant Funding Institute);
? Grant Writers Institute, LLC;
? Answer Customers, LLC;
? Apex Holdings International, LLC;
? Brett Blackman, individually and as an officer, manager, and/or member of Affiliate Strategies, Inc., Landmark Publishing Group, LLC, Grant Writers Institute, LLC, Answer Customers, LLC, and Apex Holdings International, LLC;
? Jordan Sevy, individually and as a manager of Landmark Publishing Group, LLC;
? James Rulison, individually and as president of Answer Customers, LLC, all located in Kansas.
The complaint also names the following North Carolina entities as defendants:
? Real Estate Buyers Financial Network LLC (d/b/a Grant Writers Research Network);
? Martin Nossov, individually and as a manager and member of Real Estate Buyers Financial Network LLC; and
? Alicia Nossov, individually and as a manager and member of Real Estate Buyers Financial Network LLC.
I get a couple of calls a day from this number. Got one this morning, too! I answered it, and when some schmuck asked if he could speak with me, I told him no and hung up.....we'll see if they call back again
RECEIVE CALLS 3 TO 4 TIMES A DAY!! NO JOKE...EVERYTIME I ANSWER THE PHONE I GET HUNG UP ON...SO I CALLED THE NUMBER BACK AND SOME RUDE ASIAN LADY ANSWERED,YELLED AT ME FOR CALLING HER AND THEN HUNG UP ON ME!! WHAT THE HELL!!!....SO I CALLED BACK AGAIN AND THE CALL WENT TO VOICE MAIL SO I LEFT A MESSAGE SAYING THAT THEY NEED TO TAKE ME OFF THEIR CALL LIST OR I WILL PRESS CHARGES AGAINST THEM FOR HARASSMENT!