First and foremost, DO NOT FALL FOR THIS!
My fiance' and I got a call this morning (10-20-12) on our home phone. This phone call from a women ( 202-666-8547) who said that we were qualified for a $8,400 grant threw the US Dept. of Treasury. She told us we would have to get in contact with a man named Steve Franklin Badge # 2121SF01. The women said we would have to give her a pre paid credit card info with all dates and security codes so the money could be deposited onto the card. We then called Steve Franklin at the number given... ( 202-407-7229 )
He answered.. "US Grants", we introduced ourselves and our conversation continued from there. He said we were chosen from a group of 1,500 members across the US that were qualified for the grant.
All we would have to do is Western Union (green transfer) $203 to a number that he would give us once we were at our local Western Union location.He said it was for homeless children and the money would be going as a donation. Before ending our call and falling for this, a few red flags immediately went up.
First, two people of foreign decent called me telling me I was approved for a grant, on a Saturday...and yes I know that foreign decanted people have a strong pull our American government. Were all Americans regardless of skin color.
Second, when I asked for Steve Franklin's badge number, he was VERY hesitant in giving it to me. He told me multiple times that he wasn't aloud to give out information like that. I told him I was educated to the fact that a lot of people out there run scams that sound such as these. (I was right) . Finally he responded with 2121SF01. I still pressed on the conversation though. He told us to call when we got to our nearest store. I then googled the number at which he called from, and found this site. Only a few select things were different.
Please Don't fall for this as we didn't. We really need the money for our 3 children's sake, and was willing to make a donation for a Homeless Children's ministry to help them, and help myself..
Too bad it wasn't true. I love to help and make a difference, just not everyday blessings fall into the lap of common everyday people.