Government Grant Scam0
Government Grant Scam
No, the federal government does not want to give you a free grant. It’s a scam!
Scammers will do anything to take your money. A common scam that is run by them is to contact you and let you know that you have received a government grant: the government grant scam. Once they convince you that they are legitimate, they try to take your money.
Here is one example of how this scam works:
The caller verified the city and state that I live in and requested my zip code. He also asked about my employment status and marital status. The reason for the call was due to the federal government selecting 1,700 people who pay bills on time and no criminal record to receive a $9,000 grant that does not need to be paid back or need any taxes paid on it. Then he requested a credit card number to load the $9,000 amount on which would take 30 to 35 minutes. A card number was not provided, and the caller advised that the money can also be picked up at a Money Gram or Western Union, but I would have to call (xxx) xxx-xxxx right after we hung up and provide the senior accountant manager with a grant ID confirmation #.
Here is one person that was willing to go on camera and talk about how they lost their life savings to this scam:
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.
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.
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.
Look and listen for these tell-tale lines:
- “This grant/scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
- “You can’t get this information anywhere else.”
- “I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this grant/scholarship.”
- “We’ll do all the work. You just pay a processing fee.”
- “The grant/scholarship will just cost you a one-time fee.”
- “You’ve been selected” or “you are eligible” to receive a grant/scholarship.
Quick Facts about the Government Grant Process
- Government grant applications and information about them are free.
- 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.
- There are no fees associated with applying for a government grant.
- ALL government grants involve an application process to carry out projects with a public purpose and are not intended for personal use.
- You will not be contacted by the government to make you pay for a grant.
Here are the government grant scammers getting trolled:
Action To Take For The Government Grant Scam
If you are contacted by one of these scammers, please report them to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) www.ic3.gov.
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