Woman Records Fraudsters in 'Grant Scam'

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A South Carolina woman learned the hard way that it's best not to trust strangers who ask for money over the phone. The victim fell for what's as the "government grant scam," in which the caller claims the victim has qualified for a grant.

In this instance, the victim was informed that she'd allegedly won an $8,500 grant, as long as she agreed to pay a processing fee, which she gladly did, reports WYFF-TV in Greenville, S.C. "I was excited, you know," the victim said.

The victim wired the money via Western Union, but she soon realized there was no government grant coming, after subsequent phone calls to the fraudsters had her jumping through hoops. Suspicious, the victim recorded her follow-up phone calls.

No one likes to be the victim of a scam, though WYFF notes that the incident did contain all the hallmarks of a fraudulent act: an overseas phone number, a caller with a thick foreign accent and a story that didn't add up.


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setanta54s_back

gee.what would she do with one of those nigerian lottery emails ???

May 29 2013 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kbumbulis

I'm naive too... I wouldn't have thought partisan trolls could link this to Obama but Craterlay proved me wrong! Nice trolling!

May 29 2013 at 10:24 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to kbumbulis's comment
setanta54s_back

really ?
simply another oboMBa_zombie that BELIEVED she was getting freebies,
the same as the morons gushing THAT
obummers gonna pay mah mortgage
obummers gonna pay for the gas for mah caahh
on and on.
bunch of LOW LEVEL IQ PARASITES.

May 29 2013 at 1:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
setanta54s_back

and kumbuLLBS ?
how CONVENIENTLY YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN
ABOUT THOSE
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continuously and CHRONICALLY INTERJECTING
UNADULTERATED BS
ON BUUUUUSH
IRAQ
ETC.
we've had eight years OF 1ST RATE TUTORIALS
and unlike the libTARDS
we can BOTH
dish IT OUT
and TAKE IT.

May 29 2013 at 1:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mike711l

Too bad she realized that a government grant is not the lottery and if she never applied for a grant she wouldn't just get one out of the blue.

Some people are just dumb.

May 29 2013 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nouras6

Not everybody is experienced and alert, otherwise scammers will not exist. I bet every one during his/her life time has been tricked, even if the loss was one dollar.

May 28 2013 at 11:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
damienmag

She fell for something like this she completely deserves it...People that don't understand that you should never have to pay anything if you win something are just retarded

May 28 2013 at 11:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
craterlay

Wouldn't you also believe you were getting a free government grant when the call came on your free obama phone? After all, the government is only there to give us free money, housing, food, money, TV's, health care, money, education, cable, money money money!

May 28 2013 at 6:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Mr. Gonzo

I cant believe that some of you are blaming the victim here. What if it happened to you? It's easy for you to say that it wouldn't but there is always the possibility that it would. What would you say then? You guys are heartless pricks. Times are tough right now and there are people out there preying on people like her and all you can do is be judgmental and mean. I hope something like this happens to you so we can all sit around and call you an idiot for letting it happen to you.

May 28 2013 at 6:54 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to Mr. Gonzo's comment
Denney

How can anyone feel sorry or have empathy for these folks.It's all about the mindset, i am owned something for nothing. Typical PARASITE mentality.The world you make revolves around hard work not entitlements, or grants..Don't you have to apply for a grant? Most of these scams originate from africa and eastern europe and they depend on Americans GREED In form yourself DUMMIES

May 28 2013 at 6:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Denney

Can u say stupid hillbilly..Greed gets em again.Loved the mustache though.Surprised she did not give them her bank account number SSN and pin

May 28 2013 at 6:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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batatamata

She may have!

May 28 2013 at 8:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Suzy

They called me also but after they said I qualified for a government grant I asked them what information would they need and when said a small fee I hung up the phone on them and they kept calling my phone and called me a stupid b*tch and some other choice words.

May 28 2013 at 5:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply