Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentCivic Participation · 7 years ago

Is this a scam or what ?

I got call from the IRS saying I was selected to receive a goverment grant of 7000 dollars and he wants me to go to wall greens and buy a (green dot money pack) for 5 dollars a put 200 dollars on it and call him and he will put the money on it / should I do it or not /I got his name and number / he called me on a 202 number

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  • 7 years ago
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    100% scam.

    There is no government grant, no money, nothing will be deposited into your account and nothing legit in that call.

    That call was from one of the scammer's fake name and has demanded you pay for made up fees, in cash, via Western Union, moneygram or Green Dot moneypak card.

    A Green Dot moneypak card is like sending cash. The minute you send the code off the card, the scammer will drain the card of all your cash and disappear. Once your money is emptied off the card, it is gone forever. Green Dot will NOT refund your money once you discover you were scammed.

    Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of being the perfect buyer, great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

    You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

    Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

    Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

    6 "Rules to follow" to avoid most fake jobs:

    1) Job asks you to use your personal bank/paypal account and/or open a new one.

    2) Job asks you to print/mail/cash a check or money order.

    3) Job asks you to use Western Union or moneygram in any capacity.

    4) Job asks you to accept packages and re-ship them on to anyone.

    5) Job asks you to pay visas, travel fees via Western Union or moneygram.

    6) Job asks you to sign up for a credit reporting or identity verification site.

    If you google "Western Union government scam", "Grant green dot card payment scam", "fake grant payment fraud" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near victims of this type of scam.

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  • 7 years ago


    1. The IRS does NOT give any grants

    2. The ONLY way to get a government grant is to submit an application through If you did not apply through that site there is NO way to get a grant

    3. You are NEVER called if you get a government grant. You track the status of your application online on, and if successful you are mailed a check in an official government envelope

    4. You are NEVER asked to pay money to receive a grant, that's illegal

    5. The government DOES NOT accept Greendot payments for any reason

    Call your local FBI Field Office to report this as its a federal of offence to impersonate a government official. You may be eligible for a reward if they can find and prosecute the criminals running this scam

    Since you were given a phone number it should be easy for the FBI to find them

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  • maatta
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    the reality that he has your actual call and living house handle, you do no longer prefer to play him at his own game. That purely works if it relatively is an digital mail scammer and your digital mail handle would not comprise your actual call - then you certainly can scambait them. yet those are actually not lone persons engaging in those verify scams - they are criminal gangs and you do no longer prefer to clutter with them whilst they comprehend the place you reside. those funds laundering scams are many times run by ability of the Russian or Nigerian mafia and that they are brutal. All you're able to do is tell him you deposited the verify and have been on your thank you to Western Union whilst your financial organization called to tell you there became a concern with the verify and you mandatory to return returned. Say you went returned and the police have been there, who took you into the station for questioning. Say which you gave the police his call and digital mail and confirmed them the emails that this became a actual activity supply, and that he has to circulate to the police station whilst he's returned interior the U. S. to variety each and every little thing out. Say you nonetheless choose the activity yet you will purely take funds once you seem on the activity, no longer the rest, as you're actually decrease than study for financial organization fraud and your account has been quickly frozen till he is going to the police and settles this count. yet do no longer circulate previous that considering the fact that they do comprehend the place you reside and your actual call. Reporting this to the FBI is the final thank you to get returned at them.

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  • E
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    That is definitely a Scam. They will take your money and run or will call you back and harass you for more money. Call the Better Business Bureau and IRS and they will verify that this is not legitimate. Anytime you have to pay money to get money, don't do it because it is a scam. The news media has warned about participating in such illegal activity.

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  • Scott
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    It is obviously a scam. If you have a phone number, call the IRS. Maybe they can track this person down.

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  • 7 years ago

    100% scam.

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