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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, mom, brother, or just a friend. 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 22 comments

  • On Saturday, August 29, 2015, Tom wrote:

    Just got scammed by these me situation, I was suspicious from the word "hello" from a former high school football coach of mine who has been on my friend list for years. Made me suspicious when I received a new friend request. I confirmed it to see what would happen and within minutes I got the "hello" by itself via FB Messenger. Played along and made silly claims and comments of my own to lead the person on and to see how he/she would respond. Every response was off target and the quality of written English deteriorated more and more with every response. Hilarious. Finally, I agreed to pursue "my money" so the person sent an odd photo of some old lady with a FB link. Of course, I did not click on the link. Instead, I asked the other person to provide the name of a mutual acquaintance of our whom I said I needed to contact first in order to pursue the money. Crickets. No response. Then, an hour later, my Messenger said I could not respond any longer as the conversation had been abrasive and reported as spam. Weird. The overseers of FB either intercepted it or the scammer pulled the plug after recognizing that I was on to the person. Oh the joys of our society sometimes. Folks, there is no such as a free lunch. How could you ever get suckered into something so ridiculous and far-fetched and so obviously bogus? No one is to be trusted. Ever. Especially on social media. We all must assume that every contact may be a false one. Proceed with caution. Achtung, baby!

  • On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, susan wrote:

    ag david muller is at it again . he said i could get $ if i give him $2000.00
    ha, ha

  • On Monday, August 24, 2015, Marilyn wrote:

    New FB scam for sending grant money to people. My page was hacked and I was wondering how a longtime friend got unfriended. When I refriended her it connected to this fake page. "AG David Mueller" who works for the US Goverment as a grant writer. And they wanted me to fill out a form. Closed down FB immediately.

  • On Friday, August 14, 2015, Bonita wrote:

    I've been scammed my self by this, they randomly pick one of your friends on face book to send a message to you. I've lost money I just want it back is that possible. Plus I just want to know how can it be STOPPED. People are getting HURT.

  • On Tuesday, August 04, 2015, gene mayer wrote:

    Scammer, Murray Melinda, claiming she works for FB in customer service in Corporate Office, CA

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