• Report: #127119

Complaint Review: Government Grant Information Center

  • Submitted: Wed, January 12, 2005
  • Updated: Fri, January 21, 2005

  • Reported By:camby Indiana
Government Grant Information Center
St Petersburg, Florida U.S.A.

Consumer Grants USA ripoff they promised a guaranteed grant St Petersburg Florida

*Consumer Suggestion: There appears to be a confusion.

*Consumer Comment: Dear Owner..you are so wrong..

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Rebuttal

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My name is Lala and I got a call from someone that worked for the government grant info center.. well I started checking them out, I contacted the federal information center (1-800-FED-INFO) and I was told they were not part of the federal gov at all.. then I was told to check with BBB and attorney general's office and FTC.. I already filed a report with them .. the main link that people shoud look at is this one from the BBB who has a report of them already

http://www.bbbwestflorida.org/commonreport.html?bid=90004144

The person had a very heavy accident, not hispanic at all like my family, but from middle east .. I was supposed to get an $8000 grant for a small fee of $249..

It is a real big scam.. I encourage people to go to the bbb's website or call 800-FED-INFO (800-333-4636) they really helped me out a lot, especially the research department that they have there...

Lala
camby, Indiana
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

There appears to be a confusion.

AUTHOR: Juanito - (India)

The complaint is against Consumer Grants/Freedom Grants and not against Grants or Loans Association.

There are no actions against Grants or Loans Association. The actions are against Consumer Grants.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Dear Owner..you are so wrong..

AUTHOR: Delia - (U.S.A.)

Well, I am sorry to disappoint you but there are no grants for personal needs or s**t like that..
instead grants go to local governments, state offices or non profit organizations, who then use the money to operate assistance programs locally.. FOOD STAMPS, WELFARE..those are some examples on how the grants are used for..

Besides, your company in florida doesn't seem to have license ..so how can you do business in any state without a license?? VERY INTERESTING RIGHT??

YOUR COMPANY IS JUST A RIPP OFF..TELL ME /..why do people need to pay you for a grant, when the grant is free and available at www.cfda.gov ??

Within the past 36 months, the BBB has procesed at least 406 COMPLAINTS AGAINST YOUR COMPANY!

ALSO...
Government Action

FLORIDA: On November 9, 2004, the Florida Attorney General's Office filed a six count action against the company alleging violations of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (Case Number 04-3-1050, filed in the Circuit Court of the Sixth Judicial Circuit in and for Pinellas County, Florida). Some of the allegations against the company include:

-- Making representations that consumers were selected to receive a guaranteed government grant if they paid a processing fee, then failing to provide the grant;
-- Making false and misleading statements to consumers about the nature of the goods or services to be provided;
-- Failing to refund any payments to consumers after the company failed to deliver guaranteed government grants as promised;
-- Failing to disclose refund policies during the initial telephone solicitation;
-- Misrepresenting the company's affiliation with the government;
-- Failing to obtain a signed contract from the purchaser prior to processing electronic transfer of funds; and
-- Failing to obtain a telemarketing sales license with the State of Florida.

This matter is pending. For more information and details on the action, please contact the Florida Attorney General's Office at (850) 414-3990 or http://myfloridalegal.com.



OHIO: On October 14, 2004, the Ohio Attorney General's Office filed a ten count action against the company alleging violations of Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act, Telephone Solicitation Sales Act, and the Ohio Do Not Call Act (Case Number 04CVH10 10754, filed in the Court of Common Pleas, Franklin County, Ohio). Some of the allegations against the company include:

-- Misrepresenting consumers by telling them they have been selected to receive a guaranteed government grant conditional on paying a fee, but never providing the grant;
-- Misrepresenting the company's affiliation with the government;
-- Misrepresenting or failing to disclose cancellation or refund policies during telephone solicitations;
--Failing or refusing to provide requested cancellations or refunds to consumers; and
--Soliciting by telephone Ohio residents whose numbers were listed on the National Do Not Call Registry.

This matter is pending. For more information and details on the action, please contact the Ohio Attorney General's Office at (800) 282-0515 or www.ag.state.oh.us.

NORTH DAKOTA: On May 11, 2004, the North Dakota Attorney General's office filed a Cease and Desist Order against the company for engaging in deceptive acts or practices during telephone solicitations to North Dakota consumers (Order filed in Burleigh County, North Dakota). The Order states that the company misrepresented to consumers that they would receive government grants in the amount of $25,000 upon payment of a $239.00 processing fee. Furthermore, the company processed unauthorized bank payments from consumers and made telephone solicitations to consumers who have registered for North Dakota's Do Not Call list.

BESIDES YOU SHOULD READ THIS ..
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Nation's consumer protection agency, has issued an alert for consumers to be wary of offers for "free grants" they might receive from telemarketers or by e-mail. According to the FTC, it is unlikely that these offers are valid and the FTC warns that such offers might be potential scams. Furthermore, the FTC strongly recommends that, should you receive such an offer, you refrain from providing any type of personal information, such as social security numbers, date of birth, checking account information, etc.

If you have access to the Internet, and would like more information about the FTC's warning on "free grants", please visit the following FTC web site www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/grantalrt.htm

HOPEFULLY WITH ALL THIS COMPLAINTS, FTC WILL SHUT YOU DOWN SOON AND YOU'LL HAVE TO PAY ALL BACK..

YOU GUYS TAKING ADVANTAGE FROM PEOPLE ..THE ELDERLY, ETC...
IT IS A SHAME ON YOU, LIKE I SAY...WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND..SO YOUR TURN WILL COME..

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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company

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AUTHOR: Scott - (U.S.A.)

The Grants & Loans Association markets a suite of products to aid individuals in obtaining government and/or private grants or loans.

These entitlements help Americans obtain funds or job training, new home purchases, college education or even current home renovation.

We provide customized search engines to investigate federal, state and private databases of over 30,000 potential endowments that can be obtained by our customers. We supply a complete, step-by-step tutorial for obtaining and completing the proper forms, preparing the necessary proposals, as well as submission of all collateral material to the appropriate governmental and private agencies.

This drastically increases their chances of successfully obtaining funding
Yet another benefit is an all-inclusive planning tool for starting and continuing a profitable business, beginning with a business plan, proper resource allocation, proper budgeting and profit expectations. In addition, a list of the most popular and successful new businesses is available, as stated by outside experts, which contains a complete index of resources needed, expected revenues and even profit forecasts. Also provided is information allowing direct contact with many of the appropriate agencies as well as the proper format for communication of each customer's needs.

We take pride in providing a single location for someone to acquire any grant or loan that meets his or her individual needs.
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AUTHOR: Scott - (U.S.A.)

The Grants & Loans Association markets a suite of products to aid individuals in obtaining government and/or private grants or loans.

These entitlements help Americans obtain funds or job training, new home purchases, college education or even current home renovation.

We provide customized search engines to investigate federal, state and private databases of over 30,000 potential endowments that can be obtained by our customers. We supply a complete, step-by-step tutorial for obtaining and completing the proper forms, preparing the necessary proposals, as well as submission of all collateral material to the appropriate governmental and private agencies.

This drastically increases their chances of successfully obtaining funding
Yet another benefit is an all-inclusive planning tool for starting and continuing a profitable business, beginning with a business plan, proper resource allocation, proper budgeting and profit expectations. In addition, a list of the most popular and successful new businesses is available, as stated by outside experts, which contains a complete index of resources needed, expected revenues and even profit forecasts. Also provided is information allowing direct contact with many of the appropriate agencies as well as the proper format for communication of each customer's needs.

We take pride in providing a single location for someone to acquire any grant or loan that meets his or her individual needs.
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#5 REBUTTAL Owner of company

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AUTHOR: Scott - (U.S.A.)

The Grants & Loans Association markets a suite of products to aid individuals in obtaining government and/or private grants or loans.

These entitlements help Americans obtain funds or job training, new home purchases, college education or even current home renovation.

We provide customized search engines to investigate federal, state and private databases of over 30,000 potential endowments that can be obtained by our customers. We supply a complete, step-by-step tutorial for obtaining and completing the proper forms, preparing the necessary proposals, as well as submission of all collateral material to the appropriate governmental and private agencies.

This drastically increases their chances of successfully obtaining funding
Yet another benefit is an all-inclusive planning tool for starting and continuing a profitable business, beginning with a business plan, proper resource allocation, proper budgeting and profit expectations. In addition, a list of the most popular and successful new businesses is available, as stated by outside experts, which contains a complete index of resources needed, expected revenues and even profit forecasts. Also provided is information allowing direct contact with many of the appropriate agencies as well as the proper format for communication of each customer's needs.

We take pride in providing a single location for someone to acquire any grant or loan that meets his or her individual needs.
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AUTHOR: Scott - (U.S.A.)

The Grants & Loans Association markets a suite of products to aid individuals in obtaining government and/or private grants or loans.

These entitlements help Americans obtain funds or job training, new home purchases, college education or even current home renovation.

We provide customized search engines to investigate federal, state and private databases of over 30,000 potential endowments that can be obtained by our customers. We supply a complete, step-by-step tutorial for obtaining and completing the proper forms, preparing the necessary proposals, as well as submission of all collateral material to the appropriate governmental and private agencies.

This drastically increases their chances of successfully obtaining funding
Yet another benefit is an all-inclusive planning tool for starting and continuing a profitable business, beginning with a business plan, proper resource allocation, proper budgeting and profit expectations. In addition, a list of the most popular and successful new businesses is available, as stated by outside experts, which contains a complete index of resources needed, expected revenues and even profit forecasts. Also provided is information allowing direct contact with many of the appropriate agencies as well as the proper format for communication of each customer's needs.

We take pride in providing a single location for someone to acquire any grant or loan that meets his or her individual needs.
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