I have received several calls from a Washington D.C area code. The operator never announces his/her name but claim to be calling from the Federal Government Grants Division claiming to be part of the Federal Government.
The reason for the call from the Federal Government Grants Division is that the person (I) has been selected by the Federal Government Grant program for $8,000 free money is because the person has a clean background, meaning (1) Has never been arrested (2) Never filed a bankruptcy (3) And is current on all credit card bills.
Based on this criteria the Federal Government Grants Division is going to wire $8,000 via Western Union to the person. Or if the person can give them their banking information and the $8,000 will be wired to them.
Yes, there is a BUT; and that is, the selected person must go to a Western Union location and call the phone number provided by the Federal Government Grants Division to call a security officer where he/she will provide an address for the money to be wired in the amount of $500 only a one time fee for this service. Or the Federal Grants Division will take out a payment of $500 from your bank account as a one time fee for providing the service. Once the payment has been received by the security officer the $8,000 will be either wired via Western Union or to your bank account depending on the option selected.
I am sure this is a fraud because when the operator is scrutinized and/or asked about the which branch of Federal Government or for a phone no. the operator always hangs up the phone. I am not sure how to report this to the Federal Government or to the responsible entity but these people are committing a financial fraud by robbing people of their hard earned money.
I will keep updating this report with new information when I get a call next time from Federal Grants Division.