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Victim Location 40601
Type of a scam Government Grant

I received a friend request from a person I know and immediately accepted their request. I immediately received a Facebook Messenger message from them asking how I was doing. I had not talked to them for quite sometime so I told them some things that had happened in my personal life. Without even being empathetic or saying they were sorry, they immediately started talking about an IFC grant. Well since my friend had gone through some of the same life altering events as I recently had I thought they were just trying to be helpful. They immediately asked if i knew a Daniel Johnson and I said no and they supposedly gave me his personal cellphone number to send him a text. Still no signs of emotion, etc. Of what tragedy had occurred in my life. They immediately said to contact that number now to secure my grant money. That is when I realized this could not be my friend.

I immediately researched FB to see if my friend had another FB profile and they did. So I immediately told them what had happened and also reported my suspicions FB. I also told whoever it was that I would pray for them and chastised them for taking advantage of people. I have blocked them on FB and FB messenger. I forgot to take a snapshot of the phone number they wanted me to call before I deleted their messages. Sorry. I just hope even a tidbit of information I have provided will help others.

Victim Location 38116
Total money lost $500
Type of a scam Government Grant

I was desperate for money because I had water damage to my house so a lady on Instagram told me about this grant program you pay levels to get more money . I got in the program losing a lot of money on amazon gift cards in an effort which I should've been much wiser . They also told me cards were bad but when I got them checked ,they use the cards ignoring me like nothing happened . I got so messed up into this and listening to the lady telling me to don't give up ,I'm took out loans , maxed out credit cards on the program to receive the supposed amount which never happened. These people made me feel like something was going to happen then make a lie to keep me paying them money . I just had to recognize this a lost , move on struggling as usual and do it the right way. I wish could remember the lady name but my page was hacked on Instagram erasing everything .I hope this will help someone and do not get into this program .

Victim Location 31808
Type of a scam Government Grant

Someone contacted me via Instagram (using a friend's account) and asked me have I heard about the IFC program going on. I responded with no and they replied "It's specifically for those who need assistance paying for bills, buying homes, starting a business of your choice, going to school, or even helping raise their children with old retired and disable people." They also message back and said he/she received $10,000 and don't have to pay it back. Then asked me if I knew William Henry and sent a number 5202764199 and said to text this number if I would like to apply.

Victim Location 77007
Type of a scam Government Grant

I was contacted by a male acquaintance that I had been friends with on facebook for a long time and told "I was so surprised that i got $150,000,00 when i applied for the IFC and you don't have to pay it back.. You can also get this money too" Etc. I responded letting them know I wasn't interested in a scam and that I knew it was a scam but they just kept refusing to take no for an answer.

I reported them on facebook.

Victim Location 78666
Type of a scam Government Grant

Hacker used an Instagramer who is related to me to provide information about a joint Government Grant program with IFC. They expressed the amount of money they gained, advised me to apply using the number 2102007268 to contact Attorney Williams Henry. Initial contact was made at 2 AM and as of the next day the message stated “Instagramer” as the name and my family members picture was gone. My family member did mention a few minutes after the image disappeared that she was hacked and they made a second account as well. Luckily I refuse to provide information without researching and I found a similar issue on BBB as well.

Victim Location 55403
Type of a scam Government Grant

On October 29, 2018, I was on contacted via Facebook by a scammer purporting to be MICHEAL MCKNIGHT, Agent for International Finance Corporation (IFC). His Facebook profile indicated that he was located in Washington, DC (tel #205-267-1003). He presented that I was the "winner" of a government grant from IFC, on the condition that I remit a certain amount of money, in advance, via MoneyGram. He had also hacked a FB account of a personal friend, sent me (fake) FB messages from her, supposedly indicating how trustworthy McKnight was, and that she had already "benefited" from the program. Once I contacted my friend by phone, she confirmed that she never sent me any such messages on FB, that it was a scam. Fortunately, I did not remit any funds via MoneyGram. I have today filed a complaint with the FBI via website www.tips.fbi.gov. I will also file a complaint with Facebook, notifying them that their platform has been hacked. I have deleted all personal information from my Facebook account, and changed my profile picture. PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS IFC SCAM.

Victim Location 40504
Type of a scam Government Grant

I was told I qualified for a grant but I have to go get 5 $100 Amazon gift card to get $50000

Victim Location 60099
Type of a scam Government Grant

This is what I received: Hello my name is Agent Richardson Harrison and if you are here for the on going IFC (International Finance Corporation) Grant Program ....Reply with Capital Letter YES

You have to fill this information now so that we can proceed

Male/Female......................

Married/Single...................

Cell Provider.............

E-mail..........................

What do you do for living.................

Monthly Income..............

Do you Own a house or Rent Appt................

Do you want cash or Check......................

Reason For Applying............................

Congratulations your information has been processed into our database......Finally you have to pay for the Shipping fund and the Case File Fee......

You are qualified for $80,000 and you will be paying $900 for the shipping fund and the case file fee

For security reasons and due to the mix-up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this notification strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted.

The Shipping fund is for our FedEx men to deliver your winning money to you sound and safe and the Case File Fee is for us to prepare your winning money approval caertficate so that you won't pay tax on the money again

Are you ready to make the payment for the shipping fund and the case file fee so as to give you our available cashier info you are to make the payment to and also let our Delivery men know about your delivery

Victim Location 40218
Type of a scam Government Grant

I’m supposed to wire 500 dollars to Walmart to Walmart for a total of 1000. I was contacted by someone that apparently is a friend of mine on Instagram. She said she was compensated 50,000 in grant money and had to pay 1000. I told her that I don’t have that kind of money and she said she would loan me 500 and I can pay the rest next week.

Victim Location 16648
Type of a scam Charity

A woman named Joyce Stedelbaurer sent me a friend request, and since she was a friend of a friend I confirmed, but the first thing she did was to ask me if I had heard of IFC giving grants, and I then looked it up and her up--she had no other friends listed but my friend, whom I contacted and she had just confirmed this person today, but said that Joyce was persistent. I told her to unfriend her as I had. I then posted a warning to my friends not to friend her if she contacted them!

Victim Location 39211
Type of a scam Government Grant

A girl text me through Instagram telling me about this scam and I was messaging him then start calling and it was a text app

Victim Location 35235
Type of a scam Advance Fee Loan

Someone hacked my friend's InstaGram account and was talking about a 80,000 loan she had taken out for a business. They told me about a grant opportunity and told me to contact them. I was given 856-492-1529 to call/text which I did and there was a reply asking me for my full name and home address. Once I gave them my name I messaged the friend on another social media website and asked if it was her just to be sure and she confirmed that it was not. I never sent them any info other than my 1st and last name but. I noticed that there was a lot of misspelled words in the text and they kept asking me about my information through text instead of calling me. Both me and the friend were targeted. No other info was provided by the scammer but a phone number.

Victim Location 30039
Type of a scam Government Grant

He goes by the name Howard Greg, hacked a friends FB account and sent me this text message.

THIS IS A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE GRANT FOUNDATIONS ISSUING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN GRANT MONEY TO VARIETY OF GROUPS EACH YEAR. GRANTS ARE AWARDED TO INDIVIDUALS EACH AND EVERY DAY. GRANT PROGRAMS ARE NOT LOANS. YOU DECIDE HOW MUCH YOU NEED. AS LONG AS THE AMOUNT IS LAWFUL AND YOU MEET THE FOUNDATIONS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES REQUIREMENTS, THE MONEY IS YOURS TO KEEP AND NEVER NEED TO BE REPAID. GRANT MONEY IS NON-TAXABLE AND INTEREST-FEE. GRANT MONEY DOES NOT REQUIRE A CREDIT CHECK, SECURITY DEPOSITS OR CO-SIGNERS, YOU AS A TAX PAYER ARE ENTITLED TO APPLY FOR THIS MONEY. THIS PROGRAM IS BASED ON HELPING PAYING FOR MEDICAL BILLS, BUYING A HOME, SALESMAN STARTING THEIR OWN BUSINESS, GOING TO SCHOOL, TEACHERS, RETIRED TEACHERS, WITH SENIORS OLD AND RETIRED PEOPLE. WHEN LOOKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN GRANTS AND LOANS. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PAY BACK A LOAN, OFTEN WITH INTEREST. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PAY BACK A GRANT, YOU ONLY PAY FOR THE DELIVERY. HOPE YOU AGREE WITH THE TERMS BEFORE WE PROCEED?

Victim Location 06416
Type of a scam Government Grant

They hacked D*** L*** on face book them I'm me saying they were D*** and she just received a grant for $80000. They asked me for information. I gave them my name but no additional information. D*** sent something on Facebook telling everyone this was happening

Victim Location 35805
Type of a scam Government Grant

Someone contacted me via Instagram. About a govt grant from IFC. The grant was for the amount of $50,000.00. I texted the number and there was a response they are waiting for me to contact them back today.

Victim Location 06498
Type of a scam Government Grant

Text from a hacked fb message asking me to pay large amount of money as a grant that I was approved for.

Victim Location 08015
Type of a scam Government Grant

I was contact via social media by a family friend who stated she received $20,000 in grant money. She said she was told you don't have to repay the money back and it has really helped her out. So I checked it out, texted IFC to the number she gave me. They asked for my info and I did, but got a funny feeling so I did some research and turned out it's a scam.

Victim Location 38128
Type of a scam Government Grant

I was contacted on Facebook by two different women about government grants if i paid a fee upfront

Type of a scam Government Grant

I started receiving messages last night from a "friend". I was busy and didn't chat. As soon as I logged onto Facebook this morning, December 11, she started telling me she had somethings she wanted to discuss with me. I did send the code to the number above but very quickly decided to check online about this "grant". It said it was a scam so I immediately blocked the number and unfriended this person as I was advised to do. When I asked her some personal question like where she was living all the answers were very vague. The message also stated that I would receive a reply from them by 10:00 today and then she would send me a link

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