I was contacted on March 10, 2016 by a female, Channel Carter at "The Grant Center". She explained how her company, for a small fee, of course, would get me quailified for several free money government grants. For this "small fee", they would fill out and do all the necessary paperwork correctly and would do the filing as well to insured the acceptanace of my request for these free government grant monies.
After asking a myriad of questions, she said I was able to get $132,991.32 from five different grants of which several were renewalbe after one year. I was willing to pay someone else that knew the ropes about how to file for this grant money, as I did not have the time or knowledge to do the research or to execute the paperwork needed to file for these government grants.
This person, Channel, and I shared at lot of personal feelings and stories of loved ones. She assured me that if the government turned me down for the grants, that I could get a refund because they did not do their job. I questioned how many people had to get refunds and why and she told me a few did not give them their correct information so they did not qualify.
So with that, she informed me that they would charge a 5% fee of the $132K that came to $6,649.55 to file for these grants, but she had a 50% discount that she could apply and with the $400 referral fee, it would ONLY be $3,800.00 of which I would really be getting it back because this charge would be on my credit card as a debt and that one of the grants that I would be getting, would roll this debt into it to get it paid off through the grant.
So, with that, we completed the sale and she gave me a case number KC-*****-FL. (of course much later when I got my credit card bill, it showed this charge from GAWH Corp. #408-442-4294 IN) Channel, said her company would be contacting me in a few days to start the information process.
After several days of no return call from them, I called the number that Channel had given to me (1-800-244-3842) along with HER extension number (3525) to reach her directly should I have ANY questions or concerns. The girl that answered to phone said Channel could not be reached but she would have someone else call me back. (I do not answer phone calls from no name numbers nor from unknown/private calls. Legit companies have registered phones.)
That call was from Samantha Williams, to tell me that John Sebastian, from "The Grant Assistance Center" from phone #602-368-4580, #602-368-4602. Then I got a message from #904-814-2814 a guy named Shawn, with the "The Grant Program" to call him @386-868-2888 ext. 134. Then i got a message from #850-273-5500 from, a girl named Tony with "The Grant Program" and to call her @ ext. #239 or Shawn back @ #386-868-2888 @ ext. #134.
One day I did answer, this guy started talking about helping me to get started on my e-commerce/on-line business. I told him I was not interested in starting a business. Then I could a called from this guy who needed more information about my other credit cards and card numbers and amount limits on each for which I told him nothing. I could not understand why he wanted this information.
I got all kinds of messages from folks about how they wanted to help me get started in my business and don't talk to anyone else but them only. So I assumed my number got hi-jacked. I started trying to research just who this company was that took money for them to do my grant filings, and did not come up with to many positive results.
I did find several BBB complaints that were just like my issue and I did see 4 BBB positive letters that really did not seem right. I had a hard time realizing that I had been taken for a ride, which was of course, very hard to come to that realization. I got another phone call yesterday from a guy named Joe Willis with "The National Grants" and I played along with his questions.
He wanted to know if I had any Savings or checking accounts, so I told him only a checking and he wanted to know the balance so i told him $0 and I again told him I did not have any savings. Then he ask if I had any CD's,-NO, any IRA's,-NO, any 401K's,-NO, any annuities,-NO. Then he said he would call back in about 20 min. with an answer as to my grant approval process. My phone did ring, but I was on the phone with my credit card to try to inquire about filling for a dispute as I have not received what I had paid for, and that was a run around call and they disconnected from me twice.
So I went on-line a found this rip-off web site and decided to fill out this form to help others at the least. I also did some more research and found on Manta.com, this same company name and the same phone number as on my credit card... GAWH Corp. phone #480-442-4294 was at 1150 N. White River Pkwy. W. Dr. 705 in Indianapolis, IN 46222 and that they were an entertainment management, web site development, graphic design services, and did video productions.
WHAT? The owner is Gregg Henson and his cell phone #(((REDACTED))), web site is gawh-entertainment.com and his email is Garrett@GAWH-entertainment.com. I am going to try to contact my credit card company again to file a dispute and contact my State Attorney General's office to file something, and contact the Federal Government, and the BBB in AZ. I'm really not up for this, but it's not right for them to rip people off the way they have done me.