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US GOVERNMENT GRANT
US GOVERNMENT GRANT DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON DC, DC, Washington
10th of Apr, 2011 by User340455
I received a call today from a lady by the name of Catherine Marrow from a company called US Government Grants Department of Washington, DC. Catherine advised that I was being awarded a federal grant in the amount of $7000.00. She proceeded to ask me for my bank account information in order to deposit the funds into. When I thoroughly questioned her regarding the grant, she advised that she was provide me with her account manager that would be able to answer all of my questions. I provided my savings account number to Catherine. She provided me a transaction identification number for my grant and a phone number of 202-621-0431 and request to speak with Alex Newman (account manager). She also advised that many others will be calling, so if the line go busy to just continue calling until someone picks up the line. I proceeded to call the number as requested, finally a gentleman who identified himself as Alex Newman answered the line. I provided him my transaction number and he advised that he could see my information and that he would release the grant money, however the federal government required that I made a $99.00 donation towards a shelter overseas for those that are less fortunate. Once the $99.00 was wired, then the funds would be released in 20-45 minutes. I proceeded to go to the Western Union location and then called him back to advise that I was there at the location, I then asked if there would be a fee for wiring the money, he apologized for not informing me of the wiring transfer fee prior and advised that there would be a fee of $ 10.00 to wire the $99.00. He provided the information to me, advised that he funds would need to be sent in the first name of Kumar, and the last name Vishal. Alex advised that the Kumar is the personal representative that is responsible for picking up the funds and that if we put the company of the charity on the wire, then the Western Union would charge an additional fee to wire it, in the amount of $45-50.00 . The wire was also going International to India, as he said this is where the federal government required my donation to go. After processing the wire transfer, I provided the MTCN number from the wire transfer receipt, Alex advised that he was calling the bank to get my funds released, and it would only be a few minutes, after, approximately 15-20 minutes he returned and provided me with a transition number of AN7784 and advised that I needed to call right away and ask to speak with Sandra Johnson with the federal bank and provide her the transition number and she will confirm my identity and release the funds, once I called, a lady identified herself as Sandra Johnson and requested my number, I provided the number and she she then advised that she was busy with another customer and requested me to call her back in 2 hours. I then waited a few minutes and called back to ask if there was another representative that could assist me in a shorter time frame. SHe advised that there would not be anyone else to speak with because my account was already assigned to her and I would have to allow her time to finish with her other customer. I then called the number I had for Alex several time and sometimes the line would ring and ring then go busy then other times it would only ring 2 time and then go busy as if someone was ignoring the call, I was never get back in contact with Alex. After 2 hours passed, I called and provided my transition number once again, and she advised that she was preparing to release the funds to me, verified some information with me like my address, phone number, name, birth date, and my age. Sandra then advised that the amount that would be wired into my account would be $8080.00. She advised that I was probably wondering why the amount was different that what was originally told to me about the $7000.00, she advised that the amount was increased to reimburse me for the wire transfer fee of $ 374.00 that had to be paid before the grant money would be released into my account. She advised that the $374.00 could not be deducted from the $8080.00 because the federal government does not allow them to withdraw any money from the amount that was awarded. She asked if I may be able to borrow the money from someone considering they would have the funds back in 20 minutes. I advised that I needed to see what I could do and that I would call back. She then called me moments later to follow up with me to see if I was going to be able to wire the funds to her today or tomorrow. I advised I was not for sure and I would call back. After hanging up the phone, I started doing some investigation, and was unsuccessful locating them on the better business bureau and then I goggled them and found that someone else was also a victim from this same company. I will try to get my money back tomorrow however I doubt it will be possible. I need some help
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2286 days ago by Angelica1992
I GOT A CALL TOO BY SOME GUY N GAVE ME DIS NUMBER TO CALL 2068665725 THEY WANT ME TOO PAY 190 DOLLARS. I JUST HUNG UP
2196 days ago by Chitra
I got the same call. This person was persistent. I wasn't home and roommate told him that I was out and I got a call next day. Of course, it was flagged with tell tale signs of a scam. With too many questions from me and other back and forth eventually got her frustrated and yelled at me to hang up the phone.
Yes, 202-... that is the area code and phone number they give you. The Washington D.C. address they provide is that of Department of Human and Health Services (Which she couldn't tell me when I insisted on what is the name of the department. She kept saying US government grant department). The scary part is they know my name, tel number, address, and also my country of origin. She said, I was selected for minority grant.
2127 days ago by Ellolwyn
I just received a phone call from the dist of Columbia, i think i just made a mistake. I have always said if it sounds to good it is, now i didn't give any money out to them but i did give out my account number. I just opened that account so for the time being i have no money in there, but with the info that i did give them what can they possibly do to the account or in the future.please if you have any thing that can help me out to ease my mind please send me a email at [email protected] u very much.Brandon
2125 days ago by Chrissy Pittman
i got the same call aksed a friend for the $380.00 to western union but he keep calling me about the money to be sent to arenuka bk in nepal so i didnt send the money i was looking for something about washinton dc grants on line and i found this am not working at the time so if i would have sent off my friends money i would have had a hard time paying her back the # they keep calling me from is 202-657-6272 and 240-512-3010 dont do it people are take others people my name is chrissy pittman and now they have all of my personal info i dont know what they are going to do with it
2125 days ago by Chrissy Pittman
i just did chrissy pittman
2121 days ago by Dclay482
I was about to be a victim of the same scam but I wanted to be for sure before wiring any money that this was a legit company. I have never had to send money to get free money when getting grant money for school, so I was googling the address and I did not find a companies name associated with the address.

I was given this information if this will help anyone but she will not answer the phone. I think i scared her by asking here how did she get the name Ashley Stevens with such an accent she tried to explain that it is her name by marriage.

First call came in from 203-756-9834 and he gave me 202-470-3504.
USAGrant/Federal Bank
202 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20201.

When mapquest
I am getting

202 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024
in Southwest Employment Area

as the physical address

They asked me to send $130.00 and a $10.00 western union fee.
2106 days ago by Wendymae
I just got this call. Thank you to everyone who posted to tell me what to expect before I gave out any information.
2101 days ago by Tiabear4
It start like this, I was looking for an loan or payday loan to pay off an bill. I receive this call and it seems to be good to be true. So they told me if I send 100 then I will receive an 2000 loan. I know it sounds stupid but I wanted that money. The person name was Steve Page employee ID: EMPTST823GR1 and loan amount was 2000 and payments were 210 month interest 104. Phone number is 2022414267. So I sent the money gram reference number 77816710. After I sent the money then they are telling me about bank to by bank transfer fee of 350 that now I have to send again. They say that they are the federal reserve bank 202-506-9995. They are stating that they are federal reserve bank at Washington dc. they deal with wells Fargo loan. then they gave me an address at 202 warranton dr. Washington dc. website www.americancashadvancepayday.com. I told them I want an refund then it was stated that I have to send $50 more to get it. The loan company called me from this number 408-663-1221. I told them that I wanted an refund. they stated that I could get an statue where I get my $100 by western union then they gave me the MTCN or money transfer control number of 1572829100. I went to western union but the money wasn't there. Then I called back but this time I spoke to an David Luckily. He told me to go to money gram this time the statue was for $250. I had to get the money and take out the $100 out then send them the 150 back. I went to money gram with the reference number 96201823. Once again the money wasn't there. So I ask them for there information then he told me to fuck off. I receive an call next day I got an call stating they take people money and they aren't an real loan company. Then on the same number they pretending to be an federal grant company. Saying I receive an grant in my name . They gave me this information email [email protected] and the number I should call if I want any information is 773-410-0886. website www.federal.gov.end.dept.com. The people I need to talk to are John miller, David Peterson, Barbara smith, and David Anderson. On 5/8/2012 I received an called from an David Anderson at 876-436-4847 saying its an 200 fee. I told them I don’t have the money. On 5/9/2012 I received another call from an mike from the same number saying he want to have sex with me. On 5/15/2012, I receive another call from an David Peterson from 876-847-6741 he was saying that I need to get my number change and he was going to change it. I told him imp not changing it. He was stating that all those other calls ignored them and talk to me. Use this security code blue1234 when anyone call you about this loan. Now today 5/18/2012 I receive an call saying from an mike this time same number asking how much money and send it now. When I ask him to provide me information then he say just send the money and hung up. Then called about saying we scam you out of your $100 and you wont get it back.
2101 days ago by Tiabear4
It start like this, I was looking for an loan or payday loan to pay off an bill. I receive this call and it seems to be good to be true. So they told me if I send 100 then I will receive an 2000 loan. I know it sounds stupid but I wanted that money. The person name was Steve Page employee ID: EMPTST823GR1 and loan amount was 2000 and payments were 210 month interest 104. Phone number is 2022414267. So I sent the money gram reference number 77816710. After I sent the money then they are telling me about bank to by bank transfer fee of 350 that now I have to send again. They say that they are the federal reserve bank 202-506-9995. They are stating that they are federal reserve bank at Washington dc. they deal with wells Fargo loan. then they gave me an address at 202 warranton dr. Washington dc. website www.americancashadvancepayday.com. I told them I want an refund then it was stated that I have to send $50 more to get it. The loan company called me from this number 408-663-1221. I told them that I wanted an refund. they stated that I could get an statue where I get my $100 by western union then they gave me the MTCN or money transfer control number of 1572829100. I went to western union but the money wasn't there. Then I called back but this time I spoke to an David Luckily. He told me to go to money gram this time the statue was for $250. I had to get the money and take out the $100 out then send them the 150 back. I went to money gram with the reference number 96201823. Once again the money wasn't there. So I ask them for there information then he told me to fuck off. I receive an call next day I got an call stating they take people money and they aren't an real loan company. Then on the same number they pretending to be an federal grant company. Saying I receive an grant in my name . They gave me this information email [email protected] and the number I should call if I want any information is 773-410-0886. website www.federal.gov.end.dept.com. The people I need to talk to are John miller, David Peterson, Barbara smith, and David Anderson. On 5/8/2012 I received an called from an David Anderson at 876-436-4847 saying its an 200 fee. I told them I don’t have the money. On 5/9/2012 I received another call from an mike from the same number saying he want to have sex with me. On 5/15/2012, I receive another call from an David Peterson from 876-847-6741 he was saying that I need to get my number change and he was going to change it. I told him imp not changing it. He was stating that all those other calls ignored them and talk to me. Use this security code blue1234 when anyone call you about this loan. Now today 5/18/2012 I receive an call saying from an mike this time same number asking how much money and send it now. When I ask him to provide me information then he say just send the money and hung up. Then called about saying we scam you out of your $100 and you wont get it back.
2093 days ago by Silky-Sage
I also received a call from Kelly Bery from Colorado 970-776-9659:
The conversation was about me being selected to receive $7000.00 and do not need to pay back the grant. :) As she proceeded with instructions to call 205-419-8844 and ask for her financial advisor Nicole Moore. Kelly Bery, had a very thick accent from another country.

I did call Nicole Moore because I wanted to hear what they had to say. I am currently a BSN student unable to get grants because I already have a bachalors degree. So I had a feeling this was a scam. So I asked why is the government calling me? When I try to contact them, it's impossible to get through or even speak to a live breathing person. haha I was instructed Nicole Moore was occupied for me to call back in 10 minutes. I will call back... and get as much information as I can so I can report this scam...

Remember, if it's too good to be true, it usually isn't... The government never calls a person to offer free money, only to receive money. So please use your common sense. Nothing is free... Nothing... and please report all scams to help protect those unable to tell the difference.
God Bless you all.
2092 days ago by RealCsReal
I got this call yesterday from a Mike Parker who had a Middle Eastern accent and an Oregon telephone number (541 area code), he identified himself as working for the Federal Grant Department and said I have been granted $10, 000 in grant funding. He gave me a grant approval # and his Accounting Manager's (Ms. Karen) number 202-559-4648 in order to pay the processing fee. I told him if it was really a grant it wouldn't cost me anything and he just kept saying it is a processing fee so I said okay and googled it and my suspicion was correct...total SCAM!
2091 days ago by Dclinton
They are still at it. I called the FBI to report this fraud and the agent that i spoke to asked how I got this number, and gave me an other Number to call so I spoke to an answering machine and have never received a call back. After I spoke to the women Suesan. I asked to speak to her manager. and Pat Parker gave me the address of 200 Ave SW Washington DC 20201 and this phone number 202-657-4837. they have been calling me for months. I wish the federal government would do something to shut these people down. Put out an warning to the public that this is happening.
2091 days ago by JacJC0223
I got this same call today... when I told them I would not give them my account information untill I researched the grant the man started yelling at me. I asked him the name of the grant itself and he couldn't tell me. He eventually just hung up on me.
2090 days ago by MissyMiss
I just received a call today. The Indian Guy said the same exact thing and transfered me to this phone number 2026576272 and gave me a conformation number and gave me the name Daniel Christian as the person to release my funds. (I gave them a frozen account to see how valid they were) Daniel told me that I needed to send him 150 bucks western union to receive the money. I asked him the same question that everyone else asked " why is it that I have to spend money to her money?" And I swear to the ground o walk on he says " well of you don't believe me then just forget about it we don't have to use you for anything" I said "well then.take my account of of your list or whatever you have" he says "No, we are using your account to smuggle coke and transfer the money
We are going to send people to your house for your family and leave things all over your home" mind you, they are talking about an old address I haven't been to for years now...of anyone has a solution to this please let me know!
2089 days ago by Melontwo
Same phone calls from the 202 numbers scam artist done do it. I also reported them to the federal trades commission n to the attorney general
2084 days ago by Am2
I got their SCAM call today. Same song and script. Crappy call, unknown number, and terrible English.

I have worked with grant organizations, they usually require an in-depth application process.
So I immediately started questioning the validity of the call / program. He could only repeat from his script, and was confused when I would say "I don't understand" who, where, why Questions. Which department, which program, etc. I need to look this up.
Very rushed and scripted. I need to get you your grant in the next 45 minutes. !RED FLAG!

No I did not buy in, b/c my hard fast rule is no info *esp Bank stuff over the phone.
They hung up when I did not comply to their grant requirements.
2076 days ago by Anonnymous
Just got a similar call from Jack Johnson. He would not give me a number to call him back. He asked me for a bank account number or a credit card number or a gift card number. The moment some one ask you for a bank account number/credit card number from a person whom you did not call is a clear red flag.
2066 days ago by Shemphill
Hello,

I just received a call from an Edward Hogan telling me that I have been selected to receive $10, 000 for the Federal Government because I have no criminal background, no bankruptcy, pay my bills on time etc. He called me private of course, from a 1354-879-5865. I called the number back and it wouldn't even go through. He said that I would need to pay a fee of $200.00, which needs to be paid out of my back account. Once I do that, I would get the 10, 000 by western union. I did a little research and found this site. So be really careful and don't be fooled into thinking the government gives money just for being a good citizen by these means. They are still out there doing this scam. Oh, by the way the number that was given to me to call for award is 202-657-5284.
2065 days ago by Jasminemerritt
i just recieved the same call, almost word from word. They said they were from the "US Grant Management office" and that i had been awarded a $7800.00 grant. it was a middle eastern guy who gave me the name of john Adams. their address was 233 N. Michigan avenue, building 200, chicago, illinois 60601. their phone number was 773-598-8290. he asked for either bank information or a credit card number, when i said i didn't have either, he asked me to go to a western union store... he said it was a security deposit of $212.00. They told me i was being awarded the grant becuase i had paid my taxes on times, and I hadn't been involved in any illegal activities.
2064 days ago by Bettiekhaja
I personally did not recieve the call but my cousin did and she ended up wiring them $2600. i called the number they called her from and its still active. i believe these people are living in India and using some kind of app to get use a US number. I called the number today just to see what they are gonna say. the guy said his name is Peter Smith lol so unique! and he said that i should call back in 30 minutes cus he had another person on the line wiring money. i feel bad for the person who was on the other line. these people need to go to jail. i already reported them and hopefully someone in our government cares enough to go after these guys.
they jerks are making soo much money from people's hard earned money. its just soo sad. i hope they get cought one soon

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