i am a cpa out of washington . my mother owns her own company and was contacted by usa grants inc. she was told she was qualified to receive $350,000 in grant money from private foundations. my mother is a senior citizen and is far too trusting. That being said she faxed over a check for $7500 that was needed to start the grantwriting process. Which she was told she already qualified for.
After cashing the check they electronically stole an additional $7500 from her. After 2 months of trying to reach someone at the company to no-avail. She was contacted and told her grant money was ready she just needed to pay an additional $12,500. When she brought this to my attention i did some research on the company which has only been in business under this dba(and there are multiple)"The Grant People" being 1 of them, for a few months. And there are tons of complaints on file with the bbb. A few weeks ago my job took us out to vegas to attend a conference so i thought id drop by this company. as soon as i pulled in the parking lot i was greeted by several thugs and the smell of marijuana. and the building was as run down as they come(not the ideal place for a legit business i thought).i was actually able to walk right in with no receptionist to greet me ,i was shocked at what i saw. About 20 or so cubicles that housed some of the shadiest looking people you could imagine.it was boiler room with no dress code.They were screamin out deals and dollar amounts as if they just hit the jackpot. Someone eventually asked me if i were here for a job so i thought i would ablige.Within 10 min's they actually sat me down with someone to listen to what they do.
I tried to compose myself as i listened to the blatant lies they were tellin people
and the employee actually joked about how stupid these people are.
She also informed me there was no research dept?? she said "jus make up something to tell them" and laughed. I eventually made my way out unnoticed.
needless to say we are in early stages of filing a lawsuit we have also contacted the attorney general. I will not rest until this criminal organization is forced out of business for good.
washington, District of Columbia