Scam Money Transfers -
Example - US Government Grants
Steve Wilson, (605) 884-5940
Here's a variation on the basic scam money transfer email.
You did or will receive a a check in the mail from "US Government Grants", possibly using a name "Steve Wilson", of which
you are supposed to return 10% to them (at this point you should be asking
yourself, why they didn't just keep the 10%!)
Did the email say:
Our organization is affiliated with the government; however, we have a team of highly experienced Grant-Advisors who have access to hundreds of government agencies that manage grant funds.
The alleged organization, "US Government Grants" could
exist and may be legitimate. That is irrelevant. Don't let the familiar name fool you. The scammer
has nothing to do with them; the
email and the grant are all nonsense. No organizations randomly hands out money like this!
If you need more tangible proof, ask yourself this: why
would an substantial organization with a website ask you to reply to a yahoo (or
hotmail or other) generic, free email address, unrelated to the organization,
which ANYONE could get?
In the specific case below (US Government Grants) there are quite a number of inconsistencies that add up to
"scam" to us. See the email below and a review of the available facts
And if you were crazy enough to write back to them,
click here to a typical response the
Note from the victim:
Following is the email i received from
firstname.lastname@example.org. First they called me on my cell phone
telling that they are calling from "US Government Grants" and i have
been selected randomly for $5000. For that they need some security
amount to be sent to them through western union and after 3 minutes
they are going to send me $5000 along with the securtiy money. When
i started asking questions about there office location and phone
number they sent be the following document to my email id . When
they called me after sending an emial again i got doubt and told
them that i am going to inform about this to cops they than thay
started abusing me with filthy language. Person spoke to me gave his
number as 605-884-5940 and told me his name as steve wilson.
Sample actual scam letter from "US Government Grants":
United States Government Grants Department
1 Our organization is affiliated with
the government; however, we have a team of highly experienced
Grant-Advisors who have access to hundreds of government agencies
that manage grant funds.
2 You are not paying to get
government grants, the administration fee is for the services youíll
be availing like the Grant Specialist Support and American Grant
Guide that gives you access to many federal grant programs
3 Youíll never find all that
information at one-place and youíll have to do an extensive research
that will take a lot of time & effort on your part to compile all
that paperwork up, thatís why we provide you all of this information
at a nominal cost. Moreover, if you hire a private Grant Consultant
or a lawyer to consult you with your grant application, you might
have to pay them somewhere around $1000 - $1500 whereas you can get
all of this included in our low-cost and affordable packages.
4 Grant is a financial assistance
that has not to be paid back. Moreover, this money is taxable and
5 You are pre-qualified to get a
grant that means that your application was reviewed by one of our
grant advisors and looking at your information, you had a higher
probability to get one or more federal government grants and that is
the reason we are offering you our services.
6 This money is coming from the U.S.
Government Grants Department and from the charity funds of different
Nations because of the ECONOMICAL CRISIS in U.S.A. That is the only
reason that you have to pay a small SECURITY FEE to receive your
5000$ as a Grants money. But as per you are receiving this money
from the government so we can't charge you for it and the amount
which would be paid will be REFUNDED to you along with your Grants
7 The SECURITY FEE would be a unique
amount and may vary according to the CREDIT HISTORY of the Qualified
( ROGER WITTAKER )
U.S Government Grants Department
Office Address :-
200 Independence Avenue , SW , HHH Building , Washington , DC 20201
Number :- Head Quarter ( Washington ) - 202-657-6414 , Base Office (
South Dacota ) -- 605-884-5940