212-415-1548
NY, US
Jeff
Jeff
2011-06-06 20:42:54
Unknown
We just got a call from this number.
Dian
Dian
2011-06-06 20:42:54
Unknown
Keep getting calls from this number when I answer no one is there. Try to call back and either get a busy signal or a recording that the number is no longer in service.
Don
Don
2011-06-06 20:42:54
Unknown
I'm getting calls from that number too.
Det Fred
Det Fred
2010-02-27 22:50:50
Unknown
Received a call and they never answered.  When I called the number back a recording said the number is disconnected.
mike c
mike c
2010-02-27 22:12:47
Unknown
calls just started  Feb 24, every 4 hours or so... 212-415-1548 N.Y ,N.Y.
No answer when I call back, No one on the line if I answer before the second ring...????
Amy
Amy
2010-02-27 21:02:59
Unknown
I keep getting calls from number sayin they are from the Diabetes network and wanting to speak to the senior citizen in the house with diabetes.  I've asked them several times to stop calling
ABC
ABC
2010-02-26 15:44:15
Unknown
This # has called me several times a day starting February 20, 2010.  They only let the phone ring a couple of times, and when they do call it's normally early in the morning or late at night.  VERY ANNOYING!!!  I had talked to a lady that I could barely understand!!!  They stated it was for free grant money. SCAM...I told them to take me off their list and do not call me back.    Normally whenever I call them back it is a busy signal, but I called it back today and it stated it has been disconnected  (answer to prayers!!!)  Another problem is I have been getting the same phone calls from another number too 561-208-3307.  They are offering the same thing.
outdoorwoman56
outdoorwoman56
2010-02-25 18:35:38
Unknown
I get calls from them and when answered they say nothing
Dian
Dian
2010-02-25 12:34:15
Unknown
Receive numerous calls from this number, answer the phone and no one is there. Try to call it back and either get a busy signal or a message saying this number is no longer in service.
Heather Pugliese
Heather Pugliese
2010-02-24 19:57:30
Unknown
They have called my phone for the past 3 days sometimes several times an hour but no one is there when I answer and they never leave a message if I don't pick up.
dick
dick
2010-02-24 03:59:12
Unknown
i have been reciving phone calls from this number when i answer they hang up
Michael
Michael
2010-02-24 00:05:57
Unknown
They will call * Hang Up. Try To Call Baack, Always Busy. Looking For Nake On This Number. If I Find It. I Will Post All Information Found.
Tinkering Zipperhead
Tinkering Zipperhead
2010-02-23 18:06:03
Unknown
<b>Free Grant Money Scam!!!!!!</b>
If you fall for it they will take money from your Checking Account or Credit card every month!
Adrianne
Adrianne
2010-02-23 16:52:05
Unknown
How do you get on the Do Not Call List??? They have been bothering me too!
Kymberlee
Kymberlee
2010-02-23 05:04:06
Unknown
I have received several phone calls from this number. I answered one time and told them to stop calling me. Some person who could hardly speak English said, "who said he could not call me". I hung up. when I try to call it back, now, it is always busy or it says, I have to dial 0 or 1. I am on the Do Not Call List and this is my cell phone.
maggie
maggie
2010-02-22 21:59:10
Unknown
this number has been calling my cell phone non-stop, I answer this morning and the lady is rude, when I confronted her claims do I need money, free grant money?" she hang up.
Lisa Ferguson
Lisa Ferguson
2010-02-22 19:14:03
Unknown
Phone number 212-415-1548
lamet
lamet
2010-02-22 15:30:10
Unknown
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."

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2009/03/grant_scam_ads.html
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/scam_alerts/grant.html
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2009/03/ftc_stimulus_scam.html

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION WEBSITE      
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt134.shtm

?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.

September 2006


Feds: Scammers Falsely "Guaranteed" Government Grants
Court halts operators' deceptive pitches for grant writing book and services


By James Limbach
ConsumerAffairs.com
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.



Read more: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2009/07 ... l#ixzz0NENGCoRV
TMW
TMW
2010-02-22 15:03:14
Telemarketer
Company offering Grant money for start-up businesses, college tuition, or debt elimination.  There is a questionable "activation fee" of $4.99.  Government grants are FREE!  This is a scam to get your information.  Do not answer.  The lady at the other end (thick accent) is very argumentative and actually hung up on me!
ss1158
ss1158
2010-02-22 14:37:27
Unknown
Call & hang-up
J
J
2010-02-22 13:47:49
Telemarketer
Its some company calling about Free Grant Money. They have been calling me all weekend and I have asked them to stop everytime. It is my cell phone and I am on the Do Not Call List.
Omara
Omara
2010-02-21 08:50:41
Unknown
They keep calling. When I answered they just hang on the phone and didn't talk.
toni
toni
2010-02-20 15:39:07
Unknown
Sorry last comments were unclear.....I receive dozens of calls from this number for past 2 or 3 weeks.  When I answer, they hang up.
toni
toni
2010-02-20 15:37:40
Unknown
I have received dozens of calls from this number....they had up
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