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Grant Through Facebook

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How the scam works:

(with video below) Say you receive a Facebook message from your sister. Not suspecting anything, you start reading: “Hey hon, make time today to apply for this. It’s not advertised publicly. I got the info from someone at work, so I am sure you will get the grant. It’s what you need, and you can only get it today! I am in meetings for the next few hours, so my phone is off. I will call you as soon as I am done”.

She gives you a link, which seems to be a Government webpage. They are giving a $12,000 grant to hard working individuals who either own a small business or are thinking of opening one. The grant is available only today, so you really have to get the ball rolling ASAP. You download the form and might even call the phone number listed, for more information.

After you are assured that you completed everything properly and your chances to get the grant are high, you submit the application along with a $199 fee.

You are told to wait five business days for the official results, but they'll never come. What happened? Scammers create bogus Government pages with fake phone numbers then hack into people’s Facebook accounts and start sending messages like the one above.

Watch the video below to see the Grant Through Facebook scam narrated by a victim:

Facebook Grant Scam Video

How to avoid:

The crooks have everything set up so when you read your sister’s message you notice the fact that she won’t answer her phone, so you know not to call her. Even worse, the scammers could even talk to you live on Facebook using the chat feature, while you really think it is your sister. You only have a few business hours to apply and criminals make everything possible to avoid the victims calling the other person. Always refuse to proceed if you are rushed to pay a fee, especially in a case like this. Talk to the real person who sent you the message. If you really can’t speak to them, examine the website very carefully. Click on the links that should be on the real Government’s website, to see if they all take you where they claim they do (on an official website there are always links to their programs and services, contacts in different departments, news releases, etc).

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There are 16 comments

  • On Monday, July 13, 2015, Kathleen Perry wrote:

    Yes the same exact thing is still going on with me and they act like it's a friend of mine in New York and its really legit but haha they don't answer gave me ups numbers said they got pulled over by mitzvahs good one never get calls back say I'm really busy If you can text u can call its fake from Nigeria and swear it's my FRIEND said she had to get new phone 2wks ago haha they got me for 170.00 plus 30 for western ur haha first it was texas address then he had a delivery in Nigeria haha it was Lee castration the.. Bob gates and Obama free 100,000,00 nations Grant they aught to be on death row nasty people and literally act like it's my FRIEND on Facebook now saying irs needs 400.00for taxes 40percent haha it's not even keep saying now call ups to get money back haha scammers and I can't believe they still be trying me haha boy's I think they hacked me can't get email now

  • On Tuesday, July 07, 2015, Victoria M. Dukes wrote:

    I was private messaged from a friend on Facebook. Didn't take me long to see her page was hacked, but I milked the situation for more info.

    "My friend" went on to tell me how she was awarded $50,000.00 cash money just by paying $950 in delivery fees. Told me it was a real blessing (smelled a rat, because her husband is an attorney!!) that they were 'approved' and she sent her $950 to Western Union and rec'd her money - $50k in a BOX DELIVERED BY 3 GOVERNMENT AGENTS TO HER FRONT DOOR WITHIN 24 HOURS.

    She directed me to a phony Facebook page, using some woman's picture as the attorney in Washington, D. C. who asked which amount I wanted to request - for $950 you could receive 50k, for $1500 you would receive $100,000.......right on up to paying $7500.00 and you would actually receive $750,000.000!!! The phony attorney kept messaging with me, as I was trying to gather information to report the scammer. Fake Facebook page was TINA BARBARA STEVENS out of Washington, D.C. which I googled; there was NO attorney, or anyone with that name, by the way. W

    What concerns me - many people on Facebook are not that wise to the ways of scammers and schemers - they will stop at NOTHING to get money from unsuspecting elderly, mentally challenged, young people wanting something for nothing.
    THEY MUST BE STOPPED.

    PLEASE REPLY TO ME VIA MY EMAIL BELOW. I AM VERY, VERY CONCERNED AND AM AFRAID MY PAGE MAY BE HACKED AS WELL

  • On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, Katrina wrote:

    My mother and I both got scammed out of money, by a person claiming to be named as Tonia Mares. she said she was from the facebk & federal Government grant support, i looked up everything, and could not find anything about it. she had hacked into my mother's aunts friend account and told my mom she had won 700,000 and a new truck and that they would deliver it to her house, after she paid 5000 for fees so it would be tax free. My mother told her she didn't have that much so the woman said what can you pay? she said 200 so then she said to western union it to Nigeria. After she had sent the money, the woman said it should be there tomorrow. We waited, tomorrow comes nothing happened we ask her about it, oh they got delayed, then she asked for more money. After that she had contacted me saying i won too. I foolishly gave her 650 dollars, and got nothing. I confronted her saying it's a scam and i reported her and the page and still she is on there and the page is also, she blocked me. I just want everyone to know that Tonia Mares is a scammer and dont send any money Because you wont get anything. she steals the people's accounts and post on her page saying they got their money, so it looks real. it's not.

  • On Saturday, February 14, 2015, jazlady wrote:

    Same happed to me today.I picked up the phone and called the person he was supposed be asked her and she said no,I called the scammer out and told him I had just called her and you are fake leave me alone or you will be reported! I blocked them out told my real friend to change her password,changed mine.And turned off my chat messages for awhile!

  • On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Susan Dunn wrote:

    Some one used a cousin of my Mom on FB stating that I was chosen off FB to get from 100,000 to 500,000 $ from government that had set aside Billions to help FB users in the community. This guy was really good at being deceiving . Would only talk to me by texting . No credit check, asked if I were deaf or could hear. He wanted 1000.00 to cover file and delivery fees , for the amount of 100,000 $ . 1500.00 for 150,000 $ and 2000,00 for 200,000 $ and so on. They would deliver this money right to my door the following day. When I asked my cousin to phone me to discuss this the answer he gave me was he was too busy and could only talk to me on FB. Not hard to figure out SCAM.

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