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• Nov 25, 2020

I got a message through Instagram from a friend asking how I was doing and what I was up too then asked if I'd "heard of the new grant program going on now on (IFC) giving out grant?" I said I had not heard of it. She then replied: "This is new program that was established by the federal government with the conjunction of world bank to help people in the society to meet up their needs, I got 50,000,00" (yes, they used as "," instead of a ".")-[suspicious now] "delivered to me when I apply for the grant and you don't have to pay it back, you can also apply too...m"

I asked what the money was supposed to be used for and what the tax repercussions were.

They ignored my question and asked, "Have you heard about Attorney William J. Anthony before?"

I texted my friend with a screen shot of this conversation and she confirmed that it wasn't her account.

The hacker made a fake Instagram account using my friends pictures!

I'm no dummy!

• Sep 01, 2020

The scammers used this phone number
And a friends hacked Instagram acct.

• May 23, 2020

Victim Location 37932
Type of a scam Government Grant

I received a message from someone through Facebook Messenger that I thought I knew from church. I replied and immediately the conversation went to some kind of a loan or money from a program called IFC. She said she received $100,000 from IFC. I sensed it was a scam so I looked it up and found an article from about this very scam. I began filling out the online form to report scams and realized I may need more information from the scammer so I started asking questions. The scammer said I need to send money in for a delivery fee, and then I would receive money in the mail. The scammer is persistent and is sending multiple texts trying to pressure me. I am not sure what to do other than report it here. I have attached some of the conversation history to this report.

• May 06, 2020

Victim Location 77084
Type of a scam Government Grant

I was contacted by a “friend” asking how I was doing and I told her I was waiting on my disability hearing and she immediately told me about IFC grant. Like a [censored] I googled it and applied. Jesus Christ they have my dob, ss# and my TX DL picture. I feel so stupid.

• Feb 18, 2020

Victim Location 48884
Type of a scam Government Grant

m.m/Tonyward6890 - Ronald Wilson (I received pictures of both of these "gentlemen" in business suits sitting at desks). - Dawson Kerry

This started out by receiving a text message that I thought was a friend. She stated that the government was giving out grants (they said that you get to choose the amount). They said that we have to buy gift cards in order to get the grant. They said Target & Walgreens. I told them that I don't have any of those so they gave me other options. They said that they would deliver the grant via ups. They said that I had to purchase the gift cards, scratch off the pin numbers and send them pictures. They said that I could also get cards from Steam Wallet or Sephora. They said that the fee from the gift cards was for a "clearance fee". That fee for me was $1500 because I "qualified" for $100,000. I could tell the person on the other end of the text was conversing with me in a way that I didn't recognize. I asked her to call me so that I could hear her voice. She used the excuse that her phone was with her lawyer because she had gotten a $50,000 grant and that people we "bother her". My "grant number" is 8776594/ifc. Batch number: 18506640602/ifc Application number: 88930ifc-0753465657000UF. Serial Number: 776562016. After they gave me the numbers, they instructed me to go get the gift cards. I went to Rite Aid and asked the staff what Steam Wallet was - she said it was for online gaming. I went to get the money, but more red flags started coming up after talking with friends and associates. I told them yesterday that I was contacting the and didn't hear from the rest of the night. I did get a message this morning that says GM.

• Feb 18, 2020

Victim Location 77619
Type of a scam Government Grant

Was contacted via FB Messenger by my cousin. She told me she had a bug but she was fine. She went on to explain about the IFC and gave me a number to a LAWYER. I texted them and they text back asking for NAME ADDRESS EMAIL INCOME MARITAL STATUS and ZIP CODE. A couple days went by and they send 2 pics of approval and send a TRACKING# SERIAL# REFERENCE# and TICKET#.

Victim Location 49665
Type of a scam Government Grant

The message came thru as one of my friends on FB messenger.

I quick deleted message. But got a last one. Called my friend and she doesn't use messenger. What do we do?

Victim Location 64804
Type of a scam Phishing

They had reached out to me to see if I could qualify for a Grant. I gave them my info (nothing extremely personal though), they said they would give me the grant. They never told me an amount and after sitting on that for a bit I came to realize this might be a scam.

Victim Location 51106
Type of a scam Advance Fee Loan

Scammer contacted me through a friends facebook. Stated she was given a grant and then gave a number to text. I text and they said would get a check for 20000 If I send pictures of 2 Amazon gift card of $100

Victim Location 77087
Total money lost $600
Type of a scam Government Grant

A cousin supposedly told me about money she got from a gov. grant and gave me the number to call. I did and i sent 1% of the grant money by gift cards to this number 916-520-0547..and after confirmation of funds recieved they were sending adelivery team to my address with cash moneyin a bx..but then the IRS delayed delivery until i payed 4,780 in taxes before they released the bx to the delivery team for delivery to me. I lost 600.00 sending the 1% then i realized it was a scam when i started to research and found this web. Very dumb on my part to do this but i believed my so called cousin. She really wasn't my cousin.

Victim Location 18109
Type of a scam Government Grant

a friend on facebook messaged me saying if I heard about a grant, that she saw my name on the list and she recieved unclaimed money that she didnt have to pay back. gave me the information and when I contacted the guy he asked for only my I'd so I didnt think anything of it, it wasnt my social or bank account information. i sent him my I'd he put everything through messaged me back saying i was approved and on the list for the grant but why did i need it after i responded he stopped contacting me. I messaged my friend saying it was a scam after she messaged me back I could no longer message her. when I googled about this it said that this is a scam.

Victim Location 61520
Type of a scam Government Grant

The person, used a friend's f.b.messager , telling me about ,this IFC grant you don't have to pay back

And sent that number (406)551-1906

Victim Location 80246
Total money lost $550
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

I thought it was a friend of mine through Facebook telling me that she won $50,000 in that I could do it sounded promising and because I believed it was my friend I thought I'd try it they told me that I needed to buy $550 worth of Apple store gift cards and so I did they did not and will not refund my money and that was my rent money all I wanted the money for was to get ahead on bills for my son and I. I should have known it was too good to be true and I'm usually smarter than that not to fall for something like this but because I thought it was my friend telling me I believed it.

Victim Location 64477
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Received message on messenger saying to be able to get free money as the sender had. Turns out to get the free money, $55,000 one would need to send $700.00 first.

Victim Location 95205
Type of a scam Government Grant

Scammer offered me a grant for 80,000 if I sent 800. I didn't send the money, but I made the mistake of sending an image of my drivers license.

Victim Location 43112
Total money lost $1,200
Type of a scam Government Grant

I was sent a phone number (302-244-0431) by a high school classmate and said if I would text this number and ask for IFC Grant money, I could get $55000.00, so I did text him and she ask me for name, age, sex, address, occupation, yearly income and if I owned or rented. I sent this to him, then he replied he was running me through a database and would get back to me. In less than 5 minutes he said I was approved to the following

you pay $500.00 and get $20000.00

you pay $700.00 and get $30000.00

you pay $1200.00 and get $55000.00

I told him I would do the $55000.00 and he said to give him $1200.00 He said "You have to be very fast about this. I have many people to attend to". I ask him to take the $1200.00 out of the $55000.00 and send me the balance, he stated he could not do that. I would have to give him $1200.00 to make the deliver.

At this point I told him no and he said, "I will give you one more chance or you will need to cancel". I told him to cancel. I did not hear from him again. My "classmate" sent me a message asking why I do not take the money. I told her I think it's a scam. She assured me she got her $55,000.00 and asked me if she could pay the $1200.00 and get my $55,000.00. As this time I broke off communication with her and she did continue to text me, however I have not got back to her.

Victim Location 16502
Type of a scam Government Grant

A good friend of mine had his Facebook hacked, and was messaging me telling me about a government grant that he received $150,000.00 from. They mentioned the company IFC at one point, and must have been foreign and/or illiterate, because most was hard to understand.

Victim Location 48111
Type of a scam Government Grant

I was contacted through messenger by someone that I have known for years regarding a IFC Grant. I was told that they set this up working to develop more people and to reduce poverty around the world.

Victim Location 97351
Type of a scam Government Grant

I was contacted by my "friend" who said she was just given 40,00.00 by the IFC. And I was excited cause I had just moved into an apartment after being homeless for almost 3 years, i could use the money so I can get my wisdom teeth out and pay rent while I'm bed I text the number and I felt ok that they weren't asking for my social or anything. But my best friend sitting next to me suggested I do more research on it. I did and everything seemed to check out,till I reached the website and red the story about the senior woman who had 500 stolen from her and that her Facebook friend was hacked and was made to sound like her. Which I thought about it and realized my friend never had addressed me as (let's call me on Basil on here) "Good morning Basil"

For 1.she knows and usually calls me by my first real name.

2. She never calls me by my name.she only ever would just say "Hey"

I asked the "IFC" if there were any fees. They continued to pressure me into telling them the information they needed. I asked again and they finally told me that there was gonna be a 400+ fee depending on how much I wanted.

I immediately knew this was that same scam and told them I was glad I didn't give them my info that u had seen the report on BBB. And I came straight here.

People if you ever get given the number (209)309-0709. It's NOT the IFC. Its the scam.

I'm glad I didn't trust it, and that I read that report on BBB.

Victim Location 43201
Type of a scam Government Grant

One person reached me on Facebook, I didn't know him, he said he got $85,000. Then another person who was on the Facebook page, that he got $160,000, he said they came to his house and dropped it off. The Facebook page is a white man, Demario Kidd, Managing Editor of IFC. But the person who called me on the phone yesterday was foreign, maybe Somalian. He wanted my full name, street address, Facebook password, email address, to see if I qualified for the grant. He said if I qualify that I would get cash money, and they would deliver it to my home. I said no just send me a Messenger. He said it's legit, it's not a scam.

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