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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
2230 days ago by Aivory
Hi my name is Alicia and I went through the same thing though I paid alot of money and am very ashamed for what I did and feel like a complete idiot so please be aware and look out for thes
e names and numbers

Ben Stewart 202-697-9241, 202-470-1082
Robert Cooper 646-470-6985
Peter Lorenzo 646-434-6787
David Cooper 424-652-8797
Mark Ashely 876-479-3667, 876-275-0259
and 1-877-523-7269

Yes they claim to work for the federal reserve bank, the treasury etc...etc... and they won't give you answers to any of your questions just give you the run around.. It sucks because the money would be really good to have.. :-( ooh well
2229 days ago by Ashnew
same as all the other comments ...numbers were 202 697 9457 and 202 697 9205 comformation # pa516
non american accent sorry i never trust there calls and now have a even more reason to not too...

thankfully i didnt fall for it i started investagating i look the number up n i *69 and the 1st number what i came up with ...i started looking into grants and ran across these messages so glad i did ... as looking thru these comments they called me back and i cuss him out telling him i know this is a scam and dont call back that was 35mins ago ...
2218 days ago by Novasue68
I just recived a call from the 202-697-9205 number, informing me that I was awarded a grant from the Govt Grant Department in he amount of $10, 000. The individual, who had a very thick middle Eastern accent, told me that my name was selected because they ran the demographics in my area of Texas and I pay my bills on time and I had no returns or repossesions on my record. I informed him that this sounded like one of those internet scams except they are doing it over the phone. He got very upset with me and then I asked him to repeat the name of the organization. Since I was on the computer at the time I asked him to repeat the name and spell out the second word, he get even more upset that I would doubt the authinicity of this call or organiztaion. I also told him this was a scam because our government doesn't just give out money. He asked me for my checking account information or credit card information. I told him I wasn't interested in free money andto remove me from hi scall list. He hung up. I then tried to call the number back and got a busy signal. Just be aware that people are trying to find new ways to steal yor information and steal your hard earned money.
2182 days ago by Yolandaminter
I received a phone call of the similar nature. Stating they were from the federal Grant Department in, Washington, D.C... I was promised $7000 : but was asked to pay 256.00 for processing from the Federal reserve Bank.. for State to State transfer.. When I said what makes you think I have $265.00, the woman hung up... The Phone number I was asked to call is (202)436-9977.
2127 days ago by Fisty01
I just received a phone call from a Pinkney Shawna 202-621-7457, telling me I am entitled to a 7, 000 grant from the government . He knew my address, phone # & my age .
e ask me if I would like the money added to my credit card, bank account, or cash . I told him I wanted cash & he told me to call 202-697-9659 & talk to Mike Baker & give him money approval # BE1001& if the line is busy, to keep calling . I did not call the # because I KNEW IT IS A SCAM!!!
Sandra Williams
He also told me the money was tax free & I would NEVER have to pay anything back
1769 days ago by Willie9595
1748 days ago by Rafa1
I guess I'm joining the crowd telephone number they called me from wanting me to calling back was 202-967-9184 extension 1106 but I haven't paid nothing
1323 days ago by Sexyascnbe
The scam number was from (202) 738-4542 or(202)407-9163 Washington D.C. foreigners who don't care about this free country until something happens in theirs and they need a green card. They ought to be ashamed getting a way with representing the federal government grant dept.

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