The man I talked to actually sounded VERY American...claimed to be the US Gov't twice before my cell phone died...I tried calling back and got a message saying that the number or code I dialed was incorrect to check number and try the call again.
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Talked to a Filipino-sounding woman who claimed I had been "randomly selected" for a gov grant. She stated that every year the federal government gives grants to good citizens and I have paid my taxes and have not committed any crimes. I was suspicious from the beginning but got more suspicious when I realized she didn't know my name, my employment status, my age, or even my zipcode. Thanks, chica. Good talk.
I reported this same number (202) 000-1111 to the FTC today. They called my unpublished landline twice, giving a similar spiel. Same story: an Asian sounding rep purporting to bevfrom the "U.S. Grants Department" offered me a $7,000 "grant" but said in order to receive the money I'd have to provide my credit card information. I'm intelligent enough to know that the US Government doesn't handle grants in this manner but through FAFSA (if at all); that no such department by that name exists; that they would not call so late in the evening; and, as previous consumers pointed out, would know my name; and, that credit cards never secure a legitimate grant. In speaking to an agent at the FTC, their investigator must have a certain number of consumer complaints in order to proceed. I submitted my complaint online at https://www.ft complaintassistant.gov. It took only a few minutes. Consumers can also place their landline and mobile numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry from the FTC website, and if already on that registry can file a complaint about its being violated (so long as their number has been on the registry for 31 days). Regardless of whether or not a number is on the registry, a complaint can be made. You will receive a numerical code to access your original complaint or add information to it. Or, you may file an FTC complaint by calling them at (877) 382-4357, then select your language of preference, and press option 1 to make a complaint. If everyone just laughs and hangs up, these scammers will never be prosecuted.
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