Report: #138877

Complaint Review: Government Grant Association

  • Submitted: Thu, April 14, 2005
  • Updated: Thu, April 14, 2005
  • Reported By: hattiesburg Mississippi
  • Government Grant Association
    473 South Ave. Suite #1
    Saint George, Utah

Government Grant Association Fraudulant scan, just like all the others on this site, broken english and Indian accent Saint George Utah *EDitor's Suggestions on how to get your money back into your bank account!

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I recieved a phone call from a man named Steven Johnson saying that he was from the Government Grant Association and that I was being contacted because I was selected to receive a $5,000 grant. He knew my name, my address and my phone number and asked me if the information he gave me was correct.

He told me to get a pen and paper to write down some information, he repeated his name and the company that he was with and said that his employee ID number was 2120. He gave me a phone number to call if I had any questions (877-408-1400) and the address that his company was located at (473 south Avenue, suite #1; Saint George, UT 84779).

I had a hard time understanding this due to his broken english and Indian accent and asked him to repeat the information several times. He then asked me if I had filed bankruptcy within the last year, I replied honestly and said no.

He then asked me what I planned on doing with the money and proceeded to tell me what other people have done with their grant money. I told him that I'd pay off some bills. He then asked me if I had a bank account, I replyed honestly stating that I did. He asked for the name of the bank and gave the names of several major US financial institutions and I lied to him and said that I used Wells Fargo.

He then asked me for the location that I most commonly visitied, I then lied again and said Minneapolis, MN (as I do not live near that part of the country). After that he asked for my bank's routing number and my account number. I hung up.

He called me back within a couple seconds asking me why I hung up. I lied and said I didn't and that there was interference that disconnected us. He then again asked for my routing and account numbers. I told him that since he already had my address to just go ahead and mail the check to me and I will deposit it into my account.

He stated that he needed the account information in order to complete the application. I told him that he could mail me the application so that I can look the information over as I am filling it out. He then told me that he couldn't and that it was his job to fill out the application. I kept telling him over and over that I did not feel comfortable giving out that information over the phone. I then hung up and called the police to file a report.

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

EDitor's Suggestions on how to get your money back!


Go to your bank within 60 days of the charge, or as soon as you know about the charge, don't delay, and tell them that there has been fraudulent activity within your account. Explain that you wish to file a dispute, and demand that they assist you in accordance with Federal Regulation E.

According to the majority of victims interviewed by Rip-off Report, those who immediately called their banks to dispute the charges did not get very far. Many victims got the following responses from their banks: we could not do anything for you or you waited too long; it has been more than 60 days.

If the bank is says that you have waited too long, explain to them how you called their 800 number as soon as the charges were found, and were told by the bank that nothing could be done. Remind the bank that they failed to assist you properly at the 800 #, and instead, provided you with an inadequate explanation of your right to dispute. Tell the bank that it's their fault time has expired, and since they gave you the wrong info to begin with, they will just have to deal with it, take the loss and reverse the charges.

Tell them the truth; this was unauthorized and your account was NOT to be charged! Keep emphasizing how you never authorized anything! Direct them to the hundreds of victims reports that were filed on Rip-off And if you're at the bank, walk them over to their computer and make them go to this site! If you are on the phone with them, tell them you will wait while they access this site! Either way, be persistent!


Let them know nicely, that you were advised to Report them (the Bank) and this situation to the Banking Commission in your state. Since each state has a different name for the agency/controller over banks, find that name before you call or get to the bank so you can throw it in their face. The more knowledgeable you appear to be, the further you will get.

And just continue to demand the Federal Regulation E form! The bank CAN, MUST and WILL reverse the charge! But, you must be persistent; ask to speak to the supervisor or the area manager for all the branches in the state.

Let the bank personnel know you are meeting with the media later in the day, that you would much rather they do the right thing (as most other banks have) by looking at the complaints and immediately reversing the charge(s) to your account; no matter how long ago it was. Be sure to call the Media if necessary so you are telling the truth.

If you have to, be loud (but nice) in front of other customers. If you are just calling by phone, the above tactics should still work. The bank can easily fax or mail to you the Federal Regulation E dispute form.


If the charge was to your credit card (not debit card, check card, or checking account), contact the credit card company as soon as possible to request a dispute form. Consumers usually have a little longer to dispute fraudulent credit card charges (up to 6 months), but it is better to act right away. In this type of situation, credit card disputes are usually successful since fraudulent companies often won't contest the disputed charge. In rare cases, credit card companies will review disputes, but refuse to reverse the charges. If this occurs, complain to a manager and let them know you will be filing a report here.

Remember Don't let them get away with it! Make sure they make the Rip-off Report .. The more Reports filed on a Company or individual, the more likely it is that the authorities, media and attorneys will want to take action.

And good luck Let us know how you do!

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