This is a GRANT SCAM that being perpetrated on Gerritsen Beach residents.
Subject: Grant scam
On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, I received a phone call from what my caller I.D. listed as FINANCIAL GRANT DEPT OF WASHINGTON D.C.
The caller identified himself as David Smith, he then proceeded to tell me that my grant # GE5732 was ready for disbursement. He discussed using the money for home repair due to Sandy. I was entitled to $7000. To receive the grant, I was to purchase a Green Dot Card for $290.00 from- and he listed all the stores around my nabe, like Walgreens, Rite -Aid and 7/11. I was to purchase this card to establish identity to receive the grant. After I purchased the Green Dot Card, I was to go to either a Western Union office or a Money Gram office, and fill out a receive money form . He was on my cell phone with me the whole time. When I filled out the form, he told me to then scratch off the silver bar on the Green Dot Card and read him the numbers. When I expressed concern that once I gave him those numbers , my $290 would be transferred to him. He assured me that the $290 would come back in the grant , for a full total of $7290. I did as he asked, and he told me to stay in the Money Gram store with my paperwork, and that he was waiting for my reference number. Then about 20 minutes later he called my cell back and said, that because I was in NYC, I would have to pay $640 in taxes and then my grant would be released in seconds. He told me to purchase 2 more GREEN DOT CARDS, one for $500 and the other for $140. To equal the $640. My son was with me, and was starting to get a little suspicious, so he got on the phone and asked to speak with a supervisor. A Rex Johnson – the supervisor got on the phone and explained the state tax to my son. My son in turn said, if it was a grant the state would not be taxing it, nor would I have to be paying the taxes on it. Rex, kept reiterating that the grant was to fix my home from the Government, however it was a person to person grant that was not being offered to everyone. I got back on the phone and told Rex that I would need more time to acquire the additional $640, so as to stall him until I was able to verify that this FINANCIAL GRANT DEPT OF D.C., was legitimate. I left the Money Gram Store, flew home, did a reverse look up of the number he was calling from, expecting to see it come back to a Government office. Much to my disappointment, the number came back to a land line in WASHINGTON STATE, no name no address. While I was on the computer checking all this out, suddenly all these posting came up about, how this was a scam , and the other 50 phone numbers that were associated with this scam.
The phone number that I was contacted by was:
206 317 1464 . I printed out some postings, because I wanted to have tangible evidence from other people who were scammed also. I don’t know why this has not yet made its way to the media. I think that some people are afraid to alert the media about this, because they along with myself are embarrassed to admit that we fell for and sent money to this scam. PLEASE ALERT GB RESIDENTS TO THIS SCAM, because it sounds so believable , and we are all waiting for more funding to repair our ravished homes. P.S. I did not offer any personal info, nor did they ask for any. Thank You so much,