Facebook page as a Government Grant Agent Reports & Reviews (2)
Many times I have been contacted by friends as well as cloned accounts about various grant programs. They offer links as well as cell phone numbers to text. I reported to Facebook Messenger including several screenshots and have no idea if the attempted scams were shut down. It's happening more frequently with deeper ways of trying to sound legit. I'm concerned for those not aware of such scams beginning with asking, "If they've heard" (of great news etc.)
Victim Location 77498
Type of a scam Government Grant
I was contacted by an old and true friend on Messenger (without using Facebook) asking me how I was. After I replied, she then told me that she received her grant money of $90,000. I then asked her how did she do that, and that I wasn't aware that she was trying for a grant. This is when she told me of the gov.grant agent and asked me if I wanted to contact her to get a grant too, and that it is a legit company because she received her money and paid off all of her bills, etc. I told her that I was definitely interested. She sent me her facebook contact page, and told me I had to add her as a friend also. I did. The gov.grant agent told me she had to see if I was on their database first. She came back and congratulated me letting me know that I qualified for the grant(s). She then asked me to answer al of the questions on the application first, which was my full name, address, phone number, age, birthdate,marriage status, email address, if I am deaf, renting or buying, own a vehicle, why am I applying for a grant,how would I prefer to be paid-by check or cash, total savings, monthly income, and I sent her a copy of my US passport. After she received all of the information, she sent me a list of amounts of grants and the fees for each amount, informing me that all I have to pay is the fee, the grant is free-I will not have to pay any of that back.
She gave me her information on who to send the moneygram to, and it was different from her name; it was to be sent to a Diana Harris, in Michigan. I thought that was strange, but thought that may be the corporate office to send all payments. At first, the transaction went through, but minutes later, MoneyGram cancelled the transfer, and told me I have to use another company-they actually blocked me out of my account. I went back to the gov.grant agent, and told her my dilema, and she was suggesting that I go to Walmart, get an iTunes card, etc. I explained to her that there are no Walmarts where I live. I had told her from the beginning that I am a U.S. citizen living in the U.K.
So, after a few minutes, she agreed to wait until Monday to see if I can find some way to send her the money, because my bank had designated the money to MoneyGram, and will not refund me until 3-10 days. Oddly enough, when I went back to go over the lists she sent me, those particular emails no longer existed, which make me believe that somehow she was able to erase them when she took about 7 minutes before coming back to me stating that she had to upgrade her page. I don't know how to capture the conversation, since it was all done on Messenger. I later found out that the person was an imposter posing as my friend. I contacted her on Facebook, not through Messenger, an asked her if she knew this person and received a grant. She said,"No, and that her account has been compromised, and do not open any emails."
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