June 6, 2014. We just received a call from a female, giving much the same line as others have reported. She asked for my husband by name but was willing to talk with me instead. There was so much static or background noise, and her pronunciation of English was so poor, I had to ask her to repeat everything she said. She claimed to be calling from the U.S. "government" in Washington, D.C., and that our name was one of about 1,600(?) that had been selected to receive a grant of $9,000(?) because we have paid our taxes on time, have never declared bankruptcy, and haven't committed any crime. I asked her what department of the U.S. government she was calling from; she said something that sounded like "field and service," though I could never verify the first word. I told her I knew she wasn't really calling from D.C., as the connection was so bad; but she insisted she was. She read me my address and asked me to verify each detail. She offered a choice of three options for receiving the money: check delivered to our home, bank deposit, or credit card. I said delivered check. (She did not hang up.) She asked me one last detail, my age; I asked her why she needed that. She would just repeat that she had to get my details and she needed my age. I kept asking her why; she kept repeating the same. Finally she gave up (but did not hang up). She gave me supposedly an "approval #" for the grant, and the "number" (202-697-9205) of her "manager," whose name she said was "Michael." She said I was to call and talk with Michael to get the grant. She wished me a good day; I returned the favor. Then I went to my computer and Googled the phone number, and--voila---there were all these reports of the same call! I'd at least like to say, "Thanks, Google--and you who are gathering and sharing this info!"
I got a call yesterday and now today. They gave me a call from 202-697-9342. So I have been calling them all day talking smack.
I got the same call and the lady on the line said I qualified for $9000 government grant she gave me some numbers and the number of her financial manager Justin Wesley the number is (202) 697-9564 and she said I can receive it by deposit in my bank on my debit card or cash and I said cash and she gave me an ID number and said to call her financial manager I tried the number and just keeps hanging up
Haaaaaaa. I just got a call from government and I can get $ 9000 and good thing is I Google the phone #(202) 697-9564 Boom it come up with website thanks for sharing THIS IS A BIG SCAM YOU BETTER BE CAREFUL WHEN THIS PHONE#(202) 697-9564 SHOW ON YOUR PHONE THIS IS A SCAM NO BODY'S GIVE YOU MONEY FOR FREE EVEN GOVERNMENT......good luck to you
The only legitimate avenue for government grants is through www.grants.gov which is the official US government webs site for grants.
From their FAQ concerning fraud:
Please note the following:
No government grant-making agency will make phone calls; send email or letters to solicit money or personal banking information from a potential grant recipient.
There are no processing fees for federal grants.
Federal grants are not issued for personal use, but are intended for institutions and non-profits to carry out projects with a public purpose.
Know who you're dealing with on the web. Scam artists will often post a website with a name similar to a legitimate site.
If you have provided personal banking information to anyone claiming to be associated with a Federal grant agency, call your bank immediately to prevent unauthorized access to your account.
If you receive a call, mail, email, FAX, or any other form of communication soliciting you for a grant, STOP.
It is a scam.
Report it to the FTC:
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 https://ftccomplaintassistant.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.
I also got a call from the same number, a girl saying that because i'v never been bankrupt that i m getting a $9,500 grant all I have to do is talk to her boss He got on the phone and said all i need to do is go to the store and buy a $4,00 green dot money back card and put $200,00 on the card to reg for the grant he said its free that they won't take the $200,00 off the card but it has to have that amount on it I was giving him s*** all the way through it so i'm playing with this guy he gave me a name Steven, his phone #202-697-9636 ex 4210
After the call he asked me to send $299 before I can receive the grant of 9,000 what a fraud
**** Oh yeah... the guys name for anyone interested was given as "MELVIN COOPER" Do not fall for this!! Caller ID actually says Washington D.C.
My fiancé just received a call from Washington D.C. (202-697-9034 and 202-621-5429) claiming he was eligible for some grant money... Gave the jerks all kind of info then they tell him he has to pay them $300 to get the $7000 in grant money. When he said "No Thank you" The guy actually said "Ok Mr. ****, Don't call me back." Really??? I'm so reporting you buddy
My 12 year old son answered the phone to a man that called from this number stating he had won a grant from the Government in the amount of $6k. He asked for my son by name and confirmed our address information. I'm not sure where he got this info. Luckily my son lied about his age, wrote down the contact info provided and hung up.
He now knows not to answer the phone to private or unknown numbers. Lesson learned.
Dis numbers got me for $180
I just spoke to a company which referred me to this number and said to speak with "Nicole Parker" telling me that they were going to send me money via Western Union and gave me a code. Same as others said that I won a government grant. The original number which dialed me was from Grenada.473-507-7016
To report the fraud, go here:
Their number is listed , along with an email address, at the top of the page.
Received call from this number 202-697-9205 and said he was from the Federal Reserve and that I was going to receive a $10,200 grant and unfortunately I fell for it.After getting $180 put on a green dot card they then said They needed $600 more on another card.Still thinking about the grant and a reimbursement on the $600,I went ahead and I immediately knew it was a fraud.They kept saying they I had a bad connection and couldn't hear me.The bank did not receive the money.I just wish there was a way to get my $780 back.There was another number 646-797-3112 that was a part of the scam.
I hope you've changed your account number. If not, do it now. She and her friends are thieves. The will take all of your money out of your account. They will never give you any money.
I gave them my Visa CC # they said in order to receive a government grant in the amount of $10,200. I would need to pay one time transfer funds fee of $180 then in 30 mins my funds would be available on the Visa card number I gave them.
I received several calls from this phone number. A lady with broken accent said I had been chosen to receive government grant in amount of $10,200. I gave her my visa cc # and they said after I paid one time fee of $180. To transfer funds that I would receive funds in 30mins. I was given confirmation # but never received any funds.
For anyone that receives a call stating that you have won a cash prize and to give them your information. Do not give them any information, it's a scam! We are working to find out who is behind this scam. If you can get a name from someone giving you this information that will be helpful in solving this. We in DC Police are sorry that so many of you continue to experience such scam. If you were a victim of such scam feel free to call us and we'll guide you through the proper personnel.
I just received this same exact call. As soon as I asked the woman how I was supposed to know this is real, she hung up on me. I hope the calls stop now. I've been getting calls on my cell phone from a number that comes up as unknown, and today is the first time I answered it.
These people claim to be the US Financial Grant Dept in Washington DC. When I told them that I knew this was fraudulent, they hung up.
chris thanks for your post. these people are calling my daughter wanting money from her. i just read her your post. now she understands what i was trying to tell her. thank you so much.
I did the very same thing glad this site is here I blocked all calls from that area code lol
Got a call. Answered. Said the same crap to me, didn't have my bank routing number and stupidly gave her just the account number. She gave me another number to call and set up the transfer. Heavy accents. Well, if they want the $15 out of my account go for it, try scamming ppl who actually have money. Honestly, if money was good I wouldn't have even gave af about a grant. I've recently applied for financial aid and was hopeful it was true. Well, hopefully I don't get screwed over for this...
I recieved a call from 0000000000 everyday for about two weeks i finaly answeed today and they said i got a free grant for 9200 from the us goverment. I was giving a grant number and a phone number being the 202 number and was told to get in contact with sandra. I called the number and i told them i would like the grant.wired to my account using picture banking. She said it would take to long being the maximum deposit is 500 at a time thru picture banking. I opeb up my online banking and watched my bank acoount go from 36 dollars to 536$ and then they asked for a security deposit. The deposit was 299$ i then said no ill pay the taxs and the withing fivw minutes all 500 + the 36 dollars of my.money were revoked. I went to the bank and they said it was taken out by a website called mygrantsnow.com . It took two weeks to be reimbursed alonh with all the strain of changing my information. Scam
WHO DO WE REPORT THESE CALLS TO TO GET IT STOPPED & THESE PEOPLE SHUT DOWN & PUT IN JAIL??
I received a call from what appeared to be labeled "private" on my phone. The caller had a very thick accent, kind of like a South African accent. He said that I won a grant for $9,200, and provided a special code number, and told me to call 202-697-9156 to claim my grant money. I just had to play along because it was just to idiotic to ignore.
I called, gave them my special code number, and the man (also the same accent) on the call said to go to CVS, Walgreens, or Walmart, and to purchase a Greendot Money card for the amount of $210 that I could transfer to them via Paypal for the "processing fee", that would immediately get reimbursed when I received my grant money.
They actually wanted me to transfer this $210 processing fee to them over Paypal before receiving my $9,200 grant. You really can't make this stuff up...the sad fact is that I'm sure that there are people who actually fall for this scam. People are so happy to hear about "free money", they will believe anything. If it SOUNDS too good to be true, then it IS too good to be true.
They said I have to verify that I can payback the loan by putting money on a Green Dot card. Scam!
I keep getting these calls every 20 minutes starting at 8 am until 6 pm. Have told them to quit calling and not interested and to remove me from call list. They do not care just keep it up. SICK OF THIS!! No use reporting as they call from several phone numbers and keep it up regardless.
Forgot to say she said she had picked me out of 15,000 people with no felonies or other record. Hmmmm I DO have a couple misdemeanors, so LOL.
Had a call from this number today. The lady said I had won a $9000 government grant or raffle. She gave a confirmation number #st314. She gave the name Daisy Johnson and a fake ID number 42571. She said to call a man named William Watts.