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Grant Through Facebook

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How the scam works:

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 will never come. What happened? Scammers create bogus Government pages with fake phone numbers and then hack into people’s Facebook accounts and start sending messages like the one above.

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 6 comments

  • On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, Someone in Texas wrote:

    I received a message on facebook from a friend from school, stating he had just been delivered $50K from the UPS guy, and that he saw my name on the winner's list. Told me to click on a website, and the guy's name was George Williams, and then give them my contact info. I was to send, via Western Union, $1K in order to get $50K. Well, I never followed thru, but am hoping this will help someone else who is fooled, too.

  • On Thursday, December 05, 2013, Monica wrote:

    Well I got an email from Thomas Mark claiming to say I have a grant for $49,000.00 for me to pay my bills, take care of my only son...and the household. Sounds too good to be true but I AM cautious about it as well since I know that people in general just won't give money away like that....

  • On Tuesday, November 05, 2013, Mary Beth wrote:

    Here is some of the communications my FB friends are being sent from someone claiming to be me. This is specifically place for those who need assistance paying for bills, buying a home, starting their own business, going to school, or even helping raise their children with old and retired people.
    i got 100,000$ delivered to me after 24 hours you can apply too

  • On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, R.Hughes wrote:

    I received a message today from a woman from church. She said,my name was on the list for 100,000.00. She got hers. I was cautious, so I asked where her daughter frankie was living now. Then, when I said I would call her, she said she was on vacation. Gave me this guys name and phone number. They wanted me to fill out the form, but no detailed banking info or card number were requested. www.facebook.com/joshuajensen99 or federalgovernment991@gmail.com

  • On Friday, October 04, 2013, jay wrote:

    Governmentgrant@bellair.net is a new one.
    They are using it on facebook.

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