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Federal Grant On Facebook Scam: How It Works

The Government Grant Scam has two variations: one coming from people you know, one from people that randomly contact you on Facebook. Let’s take a look at both and see how the scam works, how to avoid it, and how you can report it. Feel free to share your experience in the Comments section and expose the names that the scammers use. Let’s see.

Watch the video below to see the first variation of the Government Grant Scam exposed:

Government Grant Scam Video

In this scam, random people befriend you on Facebook and send you messages informing you about a new federal program that allows you to receive money that you don’t have to return. “The funds are available for the special crisis – the first priority on their list with Government grants for individuals“, they say. Cybercrooks use many names and usually powerful titles such as ‘Reverend’, Facebook marketing manager’, ‘Pastor’, etc. In the latest scam, the name used was John Eric David, who contacted our reader Ronald – see image below:

Scammer John Eric David (fake profile) was trying to get Ronald to access the bogus website: in order to collect all the personal data from Ronald, in order to award him the grant. Needless to say, giving your address, social security number, bank account and all the other data will lead to identity theft and the stealing of your money.

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Second Scenario: From People You Know

Let’s look at the second scenario of the Government Grant scam:

You receive a Facebook message from a family member or a very good friend. Not suspecting anything, you start reading: “Morning. Make time today to apply for this federal grant. It’s not advertised publicly. I got the info from someone at work, so I am sure you will get it. It’s what you need, and you can only get it today! I am busy for the next few hours. My phone is off. I will call you as soon as I am done”.

Let’s say the message is from your mom.

She gives you a link, which seems to be a Government webpage. They are giving a $12,000 federal grant to hard-working individuals who either own a small business or are thinking of opening one. The grant is available only today, so you really have to get the ball rolling ASAP. You download the form and might even call the phone number listed, for more information.

After you are assured that you completed everything properly and your chances to get the grant are high, you submit the application form, along with a $199 fee.

You are told to wait five business days for the official results. However, they will never come. What just happened? Scammers create bogus Government pages with fake phone numbers then hack into Facebook accounts and start sending messages like the one above.

Watch the video below to see the Grant Through Facebook scam narrated by a victim:


Facebook Grant Scam Video

Facebook Grant Scam: How to Avoid

The crooks have everything set up so when you read the message you notice the fact that the sender says she won’t answer her phone, so you know not to call her. Even worse, the scammers could even talk to you live on Facebook Messenger using the chat feature, while you really think it is your mom. You only have a few business hours to apply and criminals make everything possible to avoid the victims calling the other person.

Refuse to proceed if you are rushed to pay a fee, especially in a case like this. Talk to the real person who sent you the message. If you really can’t speak to them, examine the website very carefully.

Open the real Government’s website by typing it into the browser yourself, to see if they have information about the promised grants. On an official website, there are always links to their programs and services, contacts in different departments, news releases, etc.

The scammers could reach out to you not only through Facebook, but via Instagram messages as well, so beware. It is known that the easiest way criminals catch their victims these days is by promising free money through social media or reward systems. Alternatively, through bitcoin and other complicated cryptocurrency deals.

Always do your research online. If you are really looking to make money through social media or reward systems, use only trustworthy platforms that have been certified already. The world’s largest free online rewards program is Swagbucks, where you get paid by doing things online which you might do anyway, such as searching the web, discover products, or take surveys. The company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE.

Government Grant Scam: How To Report

Make your family and friends aware of the Government Grant Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To The FTC Here

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Frances Duncan Federal Grant Scam on FB

I was just scammed on FB for this. A friend contacted me but, it was not my friend and stupid me sent them my license copy, tele# and address and water and electric bill copy and last 4 digits of SSN#. All was ok until they ran it and then told me I got the grant but, wanted money for insurance and for delivery fees for the check to send to me. Please help now I think it may be identity theft but, I never sent them the money for paypal because I realized it and asked my friend a… Read more »

Thomas Taylor

Is the World Empowerment Grants a legit Grants giveaway for winning money via your facebook account

Cindy L Peal

The federal gov’t grant scam has a new “face” and name. They are now using a picture with information that this is “agent” Mark Thomas. Just received this text msg from (supposedly) a friend that I have very little contact with telling me about the free money he got. BEWARE of friends contacting you out of the blue. Fact check these msg. if you can’t speak to the friend personally!.

cat none

Got contacted today with free money through grant if I added david Williams facebook. Free money, no need to pay back through grant. Did not click on the link as it sounded like a SCAM. Reported it to facebook. Transcript: sent Yesterday at Mon 11:11 PM – “I’m good living the best of my life, Have you heard the good news about AHR? It’s a specific program from state to state for those who need assistance paying for bills, buying a house, starting their own business, support the retired, widow, unemployed, disable due to covid-19 which is corona virus… I… Read more »

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Steve hughes

How doni get ahold of him

jay is a new one.
They are using it on facebook.


I received a message today from a woman from church. She said,my name was on the list for 100,000.00. She got hers. I was cautious, so I asked where her daughter frankie was living now. Then, when I said I would call her, she said she was on vacation. Gave me this guys name and phone number. They wanted me to fill out the form, but no detailed banking info or card number were requested. or

Mary Beth

Here is some of the communications my FB friends are being sent from someone claiming to be me. This is specifically place for those who need assistance paying for bills, buying a home, starting their own business, going to school, or even helping raise their children with old and retired people.
i got 100,000$ delivered to me after 24 hours you can apply too


Well I got an email from Thomas Mark claiming to say I have a grant for $49,000.00 for me to pay my bills, take care of my only son…and the household. Sounds too good to be true but I AM cautious about it as well since I know that people in general just won’t give money away like that….

Someone in Texas

I received a message on facebook from a friend from school, stating he had just been delivered $50K from the UPS guy, and that he saw my name on the winner’s list. Told me to click on a website, and the guy’s name was George Williams, and then give them my contact info. I was to send, via Western Union, $1K in order to get $50K. Well, I never followed thru, but am hoping this will help someone else who is fooled, too.

Didi Lorillard

Like Joshua Jensen, a friend of mine chatted me up on the FB Chat saying that he saw my name on a UPS list of local people who were being offered a grant for their devoted service to their community, or some such BS. This person, whose name is used, is an upright cool wonderful nerd who I totally trust. The impersonator said he had gotten his money and that I should think of all the worthwhile things I could do for my community with the grant that had already been approved. Did I mention I never applied for any… Read more »

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