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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
Comments
877 days ago by Amara
Okay, Please comment "IF" you recently applied for government assistance "AND" then you get a call from these scammers. Maybe they are hacking the govt. web site and getting cell phone numbers. That is "THE"only place I have ever posted my private cell phone number. How could they do this covertly?
873 days ago by Donnab561987
I fell for this same scam almost a year ago. I got a new number and they just called me again so i was smarter this time and gave them a fake routing number and account number. If they really were who they say they were they would have been able to tell me it was an invalid number...lol at those fools. But please dont be one of their victims because i still haven't gotten a penny back..
862 days ago by Teresa08
SCAm here in Kentuckty too today 8-10-12 how does these foreigniers do this free money would be nice but who needs to lose their Grocery money because of peoplles GREED
838 days ago by Lilips
I received a call on 9/3/2012 (Labor Day) from an Indian guy who said his name was Shawn Thomas, He said he was with the Government Grant Management Office in Chicago Ill. 60601. He gave me the phone number 773-598-8290. He told me I had been awarded a grant of 8300.00 and I needed to provide proof of who I was, He had my email, my home phone number, and my name, he also had the city I lived in. He gave me what he called his badge number- SH1010. He told me that the verification procedure included a copy of my picture id and 212.00 dollars for the identity verification which I would get back with the grant money and he would stay on the phone with me while I did the verification. First I ask why I had to pay for a grant when I know for a fact that if and when you are awarded a grant, you don't have to pay for it and any Government agency will tell you that and also this is Labor Day, a Federal Holiday, why are they working when all other agencies are closed. They would not listen and kept trying to get the money I finally hung up on them. I looked up the number on the internet and it is listed as a cell phone through a company called Bandwith llc.
838 days ago by WeFixBadCredit.Org
This is why Americans need to stick together.
822 days ago by WanniePooh
To be honest, I was almost fooled by a very similar phone call!! I also was tolled that this Alex person was the supervisor and I hung up the phone and called back. Upon hanging up I began to do a little research on the computer, and found nothing under this phone number 202-470-1409. The guy's name was REX TYLER!! Of course they will probably be changing the names, but please be advised these people are FAKES!!! I know I could have used the money, but if it is in fact FREE MONEY why won't they just print a check? NEVER give your bank info...Especially OVER THE PHONE!!!
821 days ago by Mary321
Its was 9/19/12 when i got a call from this middle eastern speaking man. I was such a good tax paying citizen with no criminal background I was being awarded a $7, 000.00 grant. They called me from 1-516-673-0621. Every time i try to call back the number it is out of service. They called me the next day and said i had to pay a fee of $500 which i thought was insane. You guys must be crazy thinking i am going to send you any money i never heard of a grant where you had to send money to get the money. I told him i hope you guys get what you deserve for doing this to innocent people. The man on the other line just hung up the phone. I really hope people don't get scammed from these people. I hope these people get caught soon because hard working people are getting the hard earn money taken away...
819 days ago by Jane Vick
i almost got scammed from someone who said they were john parker and eddie parker. i called them back and told them i reported them. he got a little defensive and said they werent scamming, i
813 days ago by Seastar
This is the second time I received similar phone call saying that I was lucky been selected to receive grant $7000 (last time said 5000) from verification department of federal grant department at Washington DC.
There is confirmation number, and phone number to call back, 202-684-6503 and provide further things like western union company and so on. While holding the line, Jack keeps on asking more and more information like marriage status, age, ... trying to get more information like bank account number through the phone.
And the rest of story is pretty same as prior posts above.
I always said that is good, give me the address that I will go there to claim my money and refuse to provide my information such as single or married, age...which I replied him I don't think these info related to my grant amount.. Jack sounds not that happy and threatening me are you going to give up your chance?
Than he hang the line...
Friends, don't give someone you never know any private information even any sounds great gift comes to you.
Good Luck!
771 days ago by Bryersb1
did anyone get their money back?
771 days ago by Nchang3k
I received a call from +5305591657 with the same script as those above. He gave me a transaction number and told me to call 202-559-7618. I called immediately and the man said he did not have my information yet so to call back. After doing some investigation, I certainly will not call back. This "gentleman" was very difficult to understand so there was no way to be sure that I was even understanding all of the details; e.g. "When is your happy birthday?"

This site has been very helpful!!!
768 days ago by Mike.Boyd2010
I'm only 21 years old and i fell for this but the bank is closed. how can i call and tell them what happened? my email is michael.boyd2010@yahoo.com or by phone 210-410-5516
697 days ago by Jackiecadc
But who are we going to contact to help us? I am expecting a call in the morning for a final transfer of 967.00 to. Theses people and maybe some how they can be traced and caught
661 days ago by Scammenot
I too got a phone called, 202-621-0436 about the goverment giveing out 7, 000.00 money gram to me, I knew this had too be a scam even that they knew all my Info.. Add. Phone # I told them if this is true mail me the checkYou seem too have all my info, said it would take 2 weeks or a mo. I said ok thank you have a nice day... come on goverment whats up you let people put scam's out there in your name and dont put a stop too it.. whats that say for our goverment
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656 days ago by Kboi25
I just received the same type of call from a # in Egypt 208-392-5056, I said no because it sounded to good to be true. When I answered she had a middle eastern accent but did not give a name, in fact no names were provided at all except the US Government Grants department. I was being awarded the amount of 7, 500.00 for being good to the government, hahahahahahaha!!! I hung up and another call came through from 183925056, which I did not answer then another call from 1-208-392-5056 from Idaho (NOTICE SAME NUMBER DIFFERENT LOCATION), I answered and it was the same woman asking if I was sure I did not want the 7500.00. She said I could receive it several ways including savings acct, banking acct, visa or MasterCard, or in just plain cash! I chose the cash option for the hell of it, I was pretty sure it was a scam but hey what the heck. She gave me a confirmation # of ASL131 and told me I had to call her Senior Account Manager right away after she hung up with me at (202) 407- 9059. She verified some information with me. She asked for my birthday and I gave her my exes birthday that was a few days and a few years off but still close enough. She also had an old address I shared with an ex that was on my driver's license. I decided to be smart and not call and did a little research and found this website (http://www.scamexposure.com/scam-report/us-government-grant-us-government-grant-department-of-washington-dc-dc-c19410.html) I am so glad I did not I did not fall for this and I wished someone would do something about these people!!!
614 days ago by Kthg1103
I have been receiving phone calls from a blocked number which comes up on my phone as 000-000-0000 at least 3 times a day for the past week. I have answered a few times, and everytime I do it rings and then disconnects. This is getting quite annoying, as from what I have read online it is illegal for a legitimate business to use a blocked number like this, and also because there is no way for me to call back and ask to be taken off this calling list.

I just received another call, and this time a woman with a thick accent asked for me and identified herself as Susan with the "U.S. Federal Grant Department in Washington, D.C." I asked her what her call was regarding, and she said my name and phone number had been selected to win $7, 000. I asked her how she obtained my information and how it was that I became qualified to receive this money ("We are Washington D.C.", and "We just picked your phone number" were her answers). I guess she sensed my skepticism because she hung up on me immediately after these intelligent replies.

Just a heads up to all that these scam artists have apparently gone from using real numbers to just flat out blocking their calls to prevent any tracing or call backs.
614 days ago by Kthg1103
I have been receiving phone calls from a blocked number which comes up on my phone as 000-000-0000 at least 3 times a day for the past week. I have answered a few times, and everytime I do it rings and then disconnects. This is getting quite annoying, as from what I have read online it is illegal for a legitimate business to use a blocked number like this, and also because there is no way for me to call back and ask to be taken off this calling list.

I just received another call, and this time a woman with a thick accent asked for me and identified herself as Susan with the "U.S. Federal Grant Department in Washington, D.C." I asked her what her call was regarding, and she said my name and phone number had been selected to win $7, 000. I asked her how she obtained my information and how it was that I became qualified to receive this money ("We are Washington D.C.", and "We just picked your phone number" were her answers). I guess she sensed my skepticism because she hung up on me immediately after these intelligent replies.

Just a heads up to all that these scam artists have apparently gone from using real numbers to just flat out blocking their calls to prevent any tracing or call backs.
592 days ago by Baruti
on fryday date may 03-2013 3h45, I receve one call fro 2026574306.to the U.S.GOVERNMENT GRANT DEPARTMENT...sortly this people want to rob me!...help as to find this number, PLZ!(my email is:barutikundea2gmail.com)

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