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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 10 comments

  • On Thursday, June 26, 2014, Daron Weathers wrote:

    I received a message from a lady named Holly Susanne Swanson on Facebook that I was on a short list and I could get a 49,000 dollar grant. To send a message to fbgrantsagent@gmail.com. A guy claiming to be named Thomas Mark wrote me back and said I qualified for the 49,000 dollars and would need to send 650.45 dollars western union to an oriental name in a New York apartment. Then on top of that Some guy was text messaging me over and over 1 right after the other to hurry up and send the money. The lady on facebook said to me that she made the 650 payment and received the check the same day and would not lie to me that she received the check. Then she had to go shopping. The guy texted me he had to go to a meeting. Thomas Mark, I tested him and told him I made the payment but did not actually make the payment and he has not written me back. It is an out right scam. Please be aware of the scam and do not fall for it.

  • On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, Didi Lorillard wrote:

    Like Joshua Jensen, a friend of mine chatted me up on the FB Chat saying that he saw my name on a UPS list of local people who were being offered a grant for their devoted service to their community, or some such BS. This person, whose name is used, is an upright cool wonderful nerd who I totally trust. The impersonator said he had gotten his money and that I should think of all the worthwhile things I could do for my community with the grant that had already been approved. Did I mention I never applied for any grant?. He repeatedly wrote in his chat, "Trust me this is the real thing, contact Jordan A. Smith on chat and he'll give you instructions for collecting your grant. You have already been approved."

    Well, I phoned the real friend and he said someone had hacked into his FB page and was impersonating him on Chat and directing his friends to contact Jordan A. Smith on Chat to collect a bogus grant. Did I mention there was a processing fee and delivery charge mailed to another state in cash in advance to receive this "grant." My actual friend had already reported Jordan A. Smith to Facebook, but this hustler is still trying to scam Facebook users. Jordan A. Smith's page is still active on FB. The moral of this story is to pick up your cellphone and call the person who is supposedly chatting you up on FB Chat. In other words, beware of CHAT, because it is compromised. You think you're chatting with an old friend and it turns out that you are NOT.

  • On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, Didi Lorillard wrote:

    Like Joshua Jensen, a friend of mine chatted me up on the FB Chat saying that he saw my name on a UPS list of local people who were being offered a grant for their devoted service to their community, or some such BS. This person, whose name is used, is an upright cool wonderful nerd who I totally trust. The impersonator said he had gotten his money and that I should think of all the worthwhile things I could do for my community with the grant that had already been approved. Did I mention I never applied for any grant?. He repeatedly wrote in his chat, "Trust me this is the real thing, contact Jordan A. Smith on chat and he'll give you instructions for collecting your grant. You have already been approved."

    Well, I phoned the real friend and he said someone had hacked into his FB page and was impersonating him on Chat and directing his friends to contact Jordan A. Smith on Chat to collect a bogus grant. Did I mention there was a processing fee and delivery charge mailed to another state in cash in advance to receive this "grant." My actual friend had already reported Jordan A. Smith to Facebook, but this hustler is still trying to scam Facebook users. Jordan A. Smith's page is still active on FB. The moral of this story is to pick up your cellphone and call the person who is supposedly chatting you up on FB Chat. In other words, beware of CHAT, because it is compromised. You think you're chatting with an old friend and it turns out that you are NOT.

  • On Friday, April 18, 2014, Phyllis Lephew wrote:

    An old high school classmate has been trying to chat with me the last couple of days. I thought but it turned out to be a scam. It sounds like the previous comments left on here. It gave me an email to get in touch with jordansmith605@ymail.com. They had already received their $100,00.00 dollars and my name was on the list too. He was trying to help seniors, disabled people to get this money. More like they wanted to help themselves.

  • 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.

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