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1, Report #157053
Sep 14 2005
10:41 AM
Advantage America ripoff Miami Florida
Steven Wilson called me saying I would receive a federal grant into my bank account for the amount of $8,000.00. He would not give me the full address, only the zip code in Miami Florida. He also gave me a customer service number, when i called the number, I asked the lady who answered the phone (by the way when you call that number all it says is thank you for calling Customer Service, all of our representatives are busy right now, please wait for the next available call) to speak to her supervisor I was put on hold and they never came back to the phone. Samuel Wilson had said that I was recieving this grant that i didn't have to pay back because i've filed my income taxes on time and have never filed a bankruptcy. He had my name, address, and phone number. Angela Liberty, PennsylvaniaU.S.A.
Entity: Miami, Florida
2, Report #156924
Sep 13 2005
11:31 AM
Advantage America ripoff Winterpark Florida
I recieved a call from them and he would'nt give me any info if I did'nt give him my bank info. He also stated he was a federal employee from the department of treasury. he sounded indian so i'm sure the company is not really in florida. benny somewhere, MarylandU.S.A.
Entity: Winterpark, Florida
3, Report #158176
Sep 24 2005
10:07 AM
ADVANTAGE AMERICA ripoff WINTEPARK Florida
I was contacted by Advantage American today. The rep said her name was Sandy George and her rep# is 152. The phone number that I was given was 800-410-1682. They offered me a $12,500 grant from the federal government as a supplement for having filed tax returns every year and as a government reward that is being offered on an annual basis to people who have not received it before. Told me they would be sending a packet within 4-5 days after I gave them my banking information. Eyvonne Madras, OregonU.S.A.
Entity: WINTEPARK, Florida
4, Report #159116
Oct 01 2005
01:39 PM
Advantage America ripoff Internet
advantage america called me yesturday 9/30/05 and said i qualified for a grant worth $12,500. when i called no one had heard of advantage america. they got my bank info and address to send me a package, please help we need to do something about this Rebecca west sacramento, CaliforniaU.S.A.
Entity: Internet
5, Report #160468
Oct 12 2005
08:13 AM
ADVANTAGE AMERICA ripoff INTERNET Florida
These idiot's tried to get me when they coud'nt answer any questions and was slow about any information they give.The female's mane that i talked to was Amanda Heel WHAT KINDA LAST NAME IS THAT? cant speak hardly a word of english but has a name like that. plus I have never heard of a last name like that anyway.They had called me a couple of weeksago and it just sounded fishy I told the male that I had no bank account.When iI got off the phone with them I looked them up and seen all the reports on them and he said word for word the same ting he told everyone else. so when she called today I went along with it for a minute and when she ask for my bank account number this is what I gave her * * * * * * * * * * * o f f and *** Tim BRISTOL, TennesseeU.S.A.
Entity: INTERNET, Florida
6, Report #161141
Oct 18 2005
10:12 AM
Advantage America ripoff, fraud, scam Nationwide
I received a phone call at 10:00 a.m PST from a company claiming to be Advantage America. I spoke with two different people, both of whom spoke such poor English that I couldn't understand them. I finally understood them to say that I had been qualifed by the U.S. Government to receive $12,500 in grants because I am a legal taxpayer. This sounded pretty fishy, so I asked them for their corporate ID, address, telephone number and how they got my name and number. They gave me their phone number, but just kept repeating that they represented the U.S. Government. I hung up on them, but looked them up here and I see that this is a definite fraud and a way to extort money. Since they are claiming to represent the U.S. Government, I am surprised that the Fed's aren't pursuing this. If you hear from them, hang up. They will get your bank account number and start charging you for stuff you don't want or need. Barbara Pleasanton, CaliforniaU.S.A.
Entity: Nationwide
7, Report #161445
Oct 20 2005
11:00 AM
Advantage America ripoff nationwide
On 10/20/05 by 11:30am I received a call from a woman (bi-a-cht)sayng I was choosen to recive a $12,500 grant from the goverment per my good record of payng my taxes on time?, of course i asked many questions per coincidenly i was about to apply for one and she even have the ovar.. to conect me to a manager to asure me averything was legetement, just like the whole scenario as the report from florida. After i realized (and with help from my husband angry explotion) my stupidity i called the ph# they gave me and of course was a long distance co. # alleguending dint have nothing to do with advantage america. I got on the internet and was trying to go to their webside if there were any and thank god i got to this rip-off webside that save me from this people to get in my acct I run to the bank and close the acct ( a pain in ...). we and the BBB have to stop this ?people? to stop taking advantage of the good people that work really hard to get any where in America. Lets stop this criminal with broken english of taking ADVANTAGE of AMERICA!!! Judith boonsboro, MarylandU.S.A.
Entity: Internet
8, Report #161465
Oct 20 2005
12:44 PM
Advantage America ripoff Winter Park Florida
I received several calls from a guy named James Avery. He claimed that he worked for the FBI. He stated that a survey was conducted in my city and that my phone no. was randomly chosen for a $12,500 government grant. He also stated that I would receive $500 in coupons that could be cashed. He stated that I would have to pay $49.99 only after the $12,500 was deposited into my account. He stated that I would be signed up for health insurance costing $299. He stated that after 2mos, if I didn't want it all I had to do was call the customer service number and cancel. After several calls, and the story changing several times, I decided to close my checking account and explain to the bank why I wanted to open another account. Another guy called from the same company. When I stated that I was going to call the Better business bureau, his exact words were, I hope you do and stop being such a bitch. Then he hung up the phone. A few days later I received a letter stating that I would be billed within 7 days for the $299. It was signed by someone with the first name Crystal. It had a phone number and a website to contact them to cancel. Needless to say, the phone number was a fluke and the website led me here. I hope whoever these people are get caught and pay for what they have done to innocent people. Also I did find out that one of the numbers that they called from was a Rogers AT&T Wireless phone. When I contacted Rogers At&t wireless they stated that they couldn't tell me who the phone was registered to. Jane Jonesboro, GeorgiaU.S.A.
Entity: Nationwide
9, Report #159432
Oct 04 2005
12:11 PM
Advantage America ripoff Montreal Canada Internet
Hello. I was given a phone call at about 12:00 PM today, from Advantage America.. Telling me that i could get a 12,500$ Government Grant through them. As a starving artist, I jumped on the oportunity. When the deal was finished, i went online to check out their information. I searched Advantage America and found a ton of results saying how their buisness is a scam and so forth. Apparently the name of the culprit isn't given, but his number is. 514-369-4374. Montreal, Quebec? Anyway, I would like the money i'm owed, and for everyone else to recieve their money as well. I know there are a lot of us, and you have probably already been contacted on this one. Thanks. Claire Merchantville, New JerseyU.S.A.
Entity: Internet
10, Report #164521
Nov 14 2005
12:37 PM
Advantage America ripoff Philippines philippines
I recieved a phone call on friday November 11,2005 saying that I had been approved by the goverment for a grant. The sum of $12,500.00 would be deposited into my checking account for the transfer fee of $49.95 on Monday morning November 14,2005. It's Monday and I checked the account and no deposit was made. I then called the phone number for Advantage America and was informed that I had NOT been approved for a grant by the goverment, but that I would recieve a booklet in the mail that helps to obtain goverment grants. Well, I then tried to cancel the membership and was informed that I could not cancel for 48 hours. I am scared to find out what is going to happen to my bank account after this moment of insanity, thinking that I was actually going to recieve this money. Terry Ft. Stewart, GeorgiaU.S.A.
Entity: Nationwide
11, Report #165958
Nov 27 2005
09:28 AM
Advantage America bigtime scam ripoff Florida
This place is a rip off man. They don't give ya a darn thing, but promise ya a lot of money. Joshua escondido, CaliforniaU.S.A.
Entity: Florida
12, Report #168298
Dec 17 2005
12:12 PM
ADVANTAGE AMERICA ripoff MIamiMIAMI Florida
PEOPLE WITH FOREIGN ACCENTS CALLING TRYING TO GET MY BANK ACCOUNT INFO SAYING THEY ARE WITH THE USA GOVERNMENT. AND THEY HAVE 12,500 DOLLARS TO PUT INTO MY BANK AS A GRANT FROM THE US GOVERNMENT. WHEN I ASKED THEM WHO THEY WORKED FOR THEY KEPT INSISTING IT IS THE US GOVERNMENT GRANTS DEPARTMENT. FINALLY I GOT IT OUT OF THEM THEY WORK FOR THIS ILLEGIT COMPANY. THEY ALL NEED TO BE ARRESTED AND SENT BACK TO THEIR ORIGINAL COUNTRIES OR ARE THEY IN INDIA? STOP THE ABUSE NOW. Emily St Louis, MissouriU.S.A.
Entity: MIAMI, Florida
13, Report #167768
Dec 13 2005
11:04 AM
Advantage America ripoff Winterpark Florida
Wow. Are they persistant... after recieving more than 20 calls from the same person in a 2 week period, I finally asked what the calls were about. I was told I too qualify for a grant upto 12,500. At that point, the gentleman requested my checking account number including the routing number so that a wire transfer could be completed. He started to get pushy so I demanded a call back number and the name of a supervisor. Getting that little bit of information was worse than pulling teeth. After getting the number for Advantage America, I phoned the Better Business Bureau in Florida in an attempt to find out more info regarding a company that is requesting a checking account number over the phone. They in turn routed me to the BBB in MD I was informed by a representative of the MD BBB that she currently has 213 complaints regarding this company. I then phoned the 866 telephone number for Advantage America in an attempt to get the name of any of the corporate officers. After being on hold for more than 95 minutes, I was informed that they could not give out this information. I was informed though that a woman named Crystal Brown, who supposedly works in the corporate offce, would return my call with the names of the Corporate Officers. Believe me, I am not holding my breath. I did get the satisfaction of costing them a bundle in phone toll charges though!!! Maybe later today, if I find I have the time and patience, I will call again trying to get the requested info. Afterall, it is a toll-free number and costs me nothing but time... Keith Salisbury, MarylandU.S.A.
Entity: Winterpark, Florida
14, Report #157050
Sep 14 2005
10:27 AM
Advance America, Advantage America ripoff from Advantage america Winterpark Florida
I was JUST called and told that I received a $12,500 tax payer grant. I thought it was true, because I'm in college and have been applying for college grants. The person that contacted me name was Crystal Jones ID#267 I gave her my account information AFTER I gave her the 3rd degree, and she said she was going to transfer me over to the verification department. I was transferred and I spoke to Abigale. Abigale recorded some of my information, but I unknowingly gave her the wrong information. I gave the correct routing number and correct account number and the wrong numbers in between. At the end of the verification, they asked if I agree and accept the terms and I said NO. They were upset and I hung up. Crystal called back and reassured me, but I couldn't shake the bad feeling that I had, so she transferred me again and that's when I went to google and typed in advantage america and your beware of rip-off popped up. Shawn, the second verification representative came on the line and answered my questions and as soon as he turned on the recording, I said I do not authorize this transaction, he said why and I said I see that this is a rip off and he got mad and hung up. To make sure my money is safe, I called the bank and they told me that since I have more than 1 checking account, I can re-route everything in my second account so the rip off artist don' t access my account. Artese Bristow, VirginiaU.S.A.
Entity: Winterpark, Florida
15, Report #159632
Oct 05 2005
03:40 PM
Advantage Health Care Or Advantage America ripoff Nationwide
I was contacte by Chanel Webster of Advantage Health Care, ID# 112090 at about 3:00 p.m. 10/5/05 Offering a $12,500 grant not a loan, but free money. She needed my checking account # to have their company send $100 directly into my account. In addition I would be getting $500 for groceries. Her verification manager is Monica Perkins who was very adamant about getting my checking account #. I told her to send me something in the mail. She said the call is monitored by the FCC and there was no way she can tap into my account. She assured me that I had nothing to worry about. I asked for her phone # and she was evasive. I was adamant about not giving my #s to anyone over the phone. I told her I'll forfeit the offere and she was not pleased and hung up. M.E. Aptos, CaliforniaU.S.A.
Entity: Nationwide
16, Report #173454
Jan 26 2006
07:00 PM
Advantage America And Grant America ripoff telephone scam Winter Park Florida
I was called about 3 weeks ago, by a man named Sean Phillips. He told me I was selected to receive a 5,000. grant. He told me that there was a one time fee of 49.95 for transaction fees. I told him that I didn't have that much in my account, He told me it was okay, they will take the fee out of the account after they deposit 5,000.00 into my account. He told me that I had to have a checking account, and I told him I didn't have one, he asked me if I had any relatives or friends who would do this for me and it would be deposited, I told him yes. I got in touch with my friend, and he also called my friend at work to approve it. This took place on a Friday. He told me the money would be in my account Monday morning.When Monday came, I called her and she said it was not in there. So I waited until Tuesday to see if it was deposited, it wasn't. Then I received a welcome package in the mail. Well, when I first spoke with Sean, he told me that the package would be free for 3 mts. then if i decided i didn't want it, I could call and cancel. So when I received this welcome package it said I only had 7 days to call and cancel. When I called the rep. told me she was unable to autohrize a cancel and someone would call me back. no one called. When I recalled themn back, they told me it would take 3 mts. to get my money back. and I told them I was gonna contact the BBB and they told me go ahead. They wouldn't put a supervisor on the telephone. so if you receive a phone call from Grant America (the name they gave me the first time they contacted me) then dont give out any account info. they charged me 350.00 and never sent me any kind of money. just a letter, and a book of coupons which I have to pay for. April New Kensington, PennsylvaniaU.S.A.
Entity: Winter Park, Florida
17, Report #157403
Sep 17 2005
08:33 AM
Advantage America ripoff Miami Florida
I recived a call on my cell phone from a company calling themselves Advantage America useing the of 001819 as a return phone #. The person on the other end of the line name is/was Sara Jones. she stated that i was trying to get gov grants, which i have been looking on the internet about them. She said she had a great deal for me and if i would give her some information and a account # to the bank i go thru i would recive a sum of $12,500.00 for a small processing fee of 49.95. With out thinking i was intriged by the offer becouse she said i had a cupple of days before it would come out of my account. that is when i looked up Advantage America and found this web site and looked into it futher. after reading what was on the report i cancled the withdraw from my bank. Douglas Great Meadows, New JerseyU.S.A.
Entity: Miami, Florida
18, Report #157807
Sep 21 2005
01:13 AM
Advantage America ripoff Winter Park Florida
I live in a U.S. Territory, an island called Saipan, waaayyy in the northeastern part of the world. My name is Ciara, and I am currently 17 years old. Just this morning(several hours ago), a woman phoned our house. My grandma answered the call. The woman told my grandma that she was eligible to receive $12,500 from a government grant office in Florida. I don't exactly remember what else she said about it, but she went on and gave her name (Sidney Miller) and her id#(112053) to sound convincing. My grandma was so excited by this. I was curious and yet somewhat suspicious, so I took the phone from my grandma to make sure. (And besides, I was afraid my grandma would say the wrong thing because she could not speak English very well.) I spoke to Ms. Miller, who sounded pretty convincing at first, but I still had an uneasy feeling. But then I told myself: Hey, what do I know? I'm only 17... So I continued to discuss with Ms. Miller about processing stuff and transactions. When she finally asked for an account number, I immediately felt that something WAS up. Who asked for account numbers over the phone? I thought to myself. My grandma poked me and then told me to give Ms. Miller my MOTHER'S account number. I hesitated, then felt slightly rattled, because my grandma kept insisting on giving away ALL of our personal information. Of course, I didn't want to. I looked at my mother's bank card in my hand and thought of all the money she had in that account. Then I whispered to my grandmother, Grandma, give me another card number. I think this call MIGHT be fake... My grandma looked confused, but she gave me another card anyway, which held less than twenty dollars in it. Then I gave Ms. Sidney Miller the card number. She didn't really ask for anything else except for our home address. In the territory we live in, we only have Post Office boxes, so I gave her our P.O. Box instead. Then she informed me that they will be mailing something to us and we should expect it to arrive within 7 days. I said okay. Ms. Miller then had me record my information (my grandma's name, box address, and bank account#) on a voice machine. At the very end of the recording, the voice machine gave me my own customer account number. I thought this was a tad bit strange. My uneasy feeling strengthened, but I chose to ignore it. Further on, I was given the company's name, address, and customer service number. Here's what they gave me: Advantage America Government Grant Office 2431 Aloma Avenue Suite 158 Winter Park FL 32792 1-866-503-7345 Finally, after all the information had been exchanged, Ms. Miller politely bid us a good day and told us that she will get back in touch with us soon. And that was that. I went to school. And my grandma later on called up her son in Missippi, becaue she thought about what I said about the call being fake. She told my uncle all about the call and the callers, and you know what? He got mad at her. My uncle promptly told granny to go to the bank and cancel the account she had given away because the people that phoned us were FRAUDS. So my grandma rushed to the bank to close her account. Later, I decided to go on the Internet to double-check on this Advantage America crap and lo-and-behold I found this site! ^_^ All the files I've read on Advantage America really describe exactly how the call we had this morning had gone: We were offered $12,500, $500 in shopping certificates, we were told we needed to pay $49.95 for a processing fee, and yadda yadda yadda. And that was it. Thank God I wasn't too drowsy this morning to think about WHICH credit cards were okay to use. Thank God for my wicked senses and cool ability to smell trouble and avoid getting too deep into it. Heh. THANK GOD, THANK GOD, THANK GOD!! If I had gone to school a tad bit earlier this morning, my grandma--in her crazy old-lady mind--WOULD HAVE given away my mom's account number and would have lost us MOST of our hard-earned money. I don't think I can ever picture myself begging for food on the side of streets! Ugh. So now here I am, writing to help warn America, help warn the WORLD, of Advantage America and all its evilness. EVIL!! Please, people, BE AWARE!! A REAL government agency would have its agency number ACTUALLY SHOW UP on your caller id, no matter which part of America it's located. If it only says UNKNOWN (like mine did), do not, I repeat, DO NOT release any important information. And that's a wrap, folks. Ciara SaipanNorthern Mariana Islands
Entity: Winter Park, Florida
19, Report #157821
Sep 21 2005
07:32 AM
Advantage America possible ripoff Winter Park Florida
Okay, so I honestly can't say whether or not this company is fraudulant, but from what I've read, I believe it to be so. I got a call not long ago from a company claiming to be Advantage America, and just like everyone else, was offered $12,500 plus $500 in grocery money for the same transaction fee stated by everyone else. Unfortunately, the thought of getting that much money for nothing at all was very exciting to me at first, so I gave the very foreign gentleman (who happened to be named Tom Adams) my bank account #, and began the recording process. I began feeling very suspicious by it all, so I came online and did a quick search for Advantage America, and saw everyone's posts, and immediately hung up on them. Hopefully they don't get anything out of my account, but I'm keeping an eye out now, that's for sure. Thanks to everyone for their reports! Adam Milford, OhioU.S.A.
Entity: Winter Park, Florida
20, Report #158092
Sep 23 2005
11:24 AM
Advantage America ripoff Flordia Nationwide
They had been calling me all week from a +081124 number and when i answer they would hang up. So yesterday I answered again and they said you have a government grant for $12,500 and $500 in groceries money. I said okay and they wanted my account number so i gave it to them and they said we will be taking $50 out off your account and you will receive a letter in the mail in 4 to 5 days. So I gave them the account number and she tranferred me to another place and they gave me my ID# and customer service hours. So I called my grandma and since sshe works at the bank she switch my account over to another one and told me that it was a fake. She said there suppose to give money not take so they cant get nothing now unless they did it already before I switched. Tiana Durham, North CarolinaU.S.A.
Entity: Flordia, Nationwide
21, Report #157965
Sep 22 2005
10:28 AM
Advantage America ripoff, fraudulent, dishonest Winterpark Florida
This company called me on my job and said I had been randomly selected to received a federal grant of $12,500.00 that I did not have to repay to the government. They said only 10 people in SC had been chosen because we had no criminal record and paid our taxes on time. They said I would get 3 benefits a health care card for 1 free month of health care for me and my family, a calling card good for 10 days, and $500.00 in grocery coupons that could be turned in for cash to pay for the $49.95 shipping charge for the packet of information. When I ask what the name of the company was and their phone number the lady gave it to me and then hung up on me. Lisa Easley, South CarolinaU.S.A.
Entity: Winterpark, Florida
22, Report #156469
Sep 08 2005
10:01 PM
Advantage America ripoff phone call Miami Florida
We got the strange phone calls for 10 days and we just ignored. However today my husband just pick up the phone finally and it was from Advantage America without call id. Derek Lloyd told him a lots of informations include that he will get 12,500 dollars in goverment grants. He wanted to record every what he said; however, whenever he said no Derek pressing the button and make sounds beep Also, Derek told my husband about his work id no: 0491, just to convince him. Derek said it was based upon last year income tax even though my husband didnt even ask him about any questions. He also said that we need to pay 49.95 dollar by tues for apps if we wanted it, but it will be return by 500.00 dollar grocery grant. My husband didn't give him any account no. because of the fact that he was suspicious about Derek pretended to know all the information about my husband without telling his social security id. My husband and I started to research about company site and no. but its not on the internet at all. Only thing we found was here. The informations about this company has all the same way to contact random people. Do not pick up the phone if it says unknown and strange no. Christine Lynchburg, VirginiaU.S.A.
Entity: Miami, Florida
23, Report #156622
Sep 10 2005
11:45 AM
Advantage America ripoff, BOGUS FEDERAL GRANT Winterpark Florida
I received a phone call at 1pm today (saturday) on my cell from a strange phone number (666-8006). I answered, and it was a man calling himeself Joseph Mckertish. He said that I was entitled to a 12,500 grant from the government for being ontime with my taxes, and some other crap that he told me. Anyway, he kept rambling on about some kind of $500 grocery money, and talked to me for about 5 minutes straight about everything, and it sounded a little too good to be true because he said that I would get this money as soon as I filled out some paperwork, and sent it back to him. Then he wanted to know my bank number, and immediately a big red flag came to mind. He got VERY defensive when I said I was leary about giving out my bank account number over the phone, and gave me some Bull Sh** about how they used to send checks but they always got lost or something. Anyway, if anyone from this scam of a company calls you, DO NOT give them your info!!!! I didn't, and I am glad, because then I looked up the company on the internet, and found several claims on this site about it. Don't let them scam you!!! Dianna Indianapolis, IndianaU.S.A.
Entity: Winterpark, Florida
24, Report #156623
Sep 10 2005
12:02 PM
Advantage America ripoff, government grant scam Nationwide
I reicieved a phone call from a company called Advantage America they said they were a grant company for Goverment grants. asked me a few questions didnt ask for any money said i will recieve $12,500 by next business day. When I said please hold while I verify the information online and through the other phone they hung up, unfortunatley not berfore they got my checking acct. #. Kelly Middletown, OhioU.S.A.
Entity: Nationwide
25, Report #159575
Oct 05 2005
10:53 AM
Advantage America Ripoff taxpayers scam Winterpark Florida
On October 3 I received a call from an unknown #. I answered and a woman said hello then a man with a thick asian/indian accent got on the phone telling me that I have been chosen to receive a $12,500 grant from the federal government for paying my taxes. He asked my name and birthdate which I gave him. He also said I would receive a $500 grocery card. I then asked him how much this would cost and he said $49.95. I told him I didn't have $50 and asked how had I qualified for the grant. He stated that if I payed taxes last year then I qualified to be the only person in California to receive this grant. He gave me the name of his company, Advantage America and his name, Kevin Watson(which was obviously not his name) and his phone # with ext.786. Then asked if I had a valid checking account I said yes but do I need to give you my account # and he stated that this was a bank to bank transaction and how did I expect to get my money. I said I didn't feel comfortable giving that info and that I had been scammed before. He then started yelling that this wasn't a scam he worked for the government and I was getting $12,500. I said I don't have any money anyways, he said I had two days to get it together and couldn't I ask friends and family for the money.I said no. Again he started telling me that this was $12,500 that we were talking about. I said no thank you and he told me to ask myself if I was willing to just give up the money because I was uncomfortable I said yes and hung up the phone. Then I looked them up on the internet and found rip-off which states pretty much the same thing. Don't fall for it the government isn't that great. Ammee santa rosa, CaliforniaU.S.A.
Entity: Winterpark, Florida

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