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.
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.
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.
i recieved the same call just five minutes ago. to reciece 7,000 dollars for being a good citizen. i gave no information to this caller the number was000-000-0000
Government grant, asking for youre acct #.
Got a call from this # - no caller ID - The caller gave us this # to verify. Said his name was Steven Jones - but he had a heavy middle eastern accent. Wanted to give us a $5000.00 government grant & would direct deposit it if we gave him our bank account # - Seriously? NOT!
I got a call from an unknown # saying that I was approved for a $5,000.00 gov. grant. He didn't speak the best of english. Said his name was Austin cooper. And that if I didn't recieve the money to call him back @ 209-624-8480. What a low life. GO MAKE HONEST MONEY FOR A LIVING & DO IT IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY & STAY OUT OF THE UNITED STATES!
I just got a call from someone with a heavy mid-eastern accent claiming to want to give me $5000 b/c I am a good citizen who pays taxes on time. He said his name was Austin Cooper and gave his return number as 209-624-8480. He insisted I would not have to give him any money, bank info, credit card number, or my SSN. He says the money is tax free and never has to be paid back. He said his web address is www.grants.gov. I didn't give him any information, not even my name. It sounded very suspicious to me. I ended the call.
i wanna know has any one got any money
I got the same call this evening. It was a very heavily accented man, and the police around here could tell me nothing. I have names of people I spoke with, ext. to call back as well as call back number. The call originally came from a blocked number. However, they had an old address for me and the cell phone number for my husband. We did give the account information (it's savings and can not be overdrawn). And in the morning we will be transferring all funds into our checking. The police were no help at all. And when I asked if this was a scam or what, I was told they could not withdraw money from my account with out my authorization. I was also promised $5000 but told the "selected few" based on "being a good citizen" could receive between $2000 and $25000. When I asked about the fee I was told that $299 came back from the $5000 when you received your money, and someone would be calling me in a couple of days to see if I had gotten it or not. A google search quickly showed me the call came from CA. And a number search pulled this up. Guess I can only hope that the Authorities are able to do their job when/if there are transactions made on the account before I can get it closed.
saying I just received a $5000 grant just because I'm a good citizen and every year the government selects 200 people to receive federal grants that never have to be paid back.
but then said they didn't need any money just the name of my bank so they
could wire it within 24 hours and then they asked for my account number.
I asked to speak to an american or a supervisor and another deeply accented voice came on saying word for word what the other said. I told them I wasn't an idiot if they got the name of my bank they could look up my routing number and they would have my account number and there you go idenity theft. duh!! then they kept offering to give me their account numbers as a trust factor I guess Is this for real????