The Recovery Act Federal Grant

 

How The Scam Works:

Did you receive an e-mail or a phone call from somebody claiming to be from ARRA and having a grant on your name? In this article you'll learn how the scam works and how to report it.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), also known as the Stimulus or The Recovery Act, was an economic stimulus package signed into law in 2009 by the US President Barack Obama. To respond to the Great Recession, the primary three objectives for ARRA were: to save and create jobs, provide temporary relief programs for those most affected by the recession and invest in infrastructure, education, health, and renewable energy, and third – to foster unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending. The approximate cost of the economic stimulus package was estimated to be $831 billion between 2009 and 2019. How does the scam work?

 

Watch How The ARRA Scam Works:

Watch the video below to see the Recovery Act Federal Grant scam exposed:

Recovery Act Grant Scam Video

Unfortunately, criminals have taken this information and started to contact random people via phone or e-mail, claiming to be working for ARRA. Scammers inform the victims that they qualify for a $9,000 federal grant coming from the stimulus.

Using official verbiage from the bill, crooks require that the 'recipient' pay a small administration fee (our reader Catrina was asked for $221) in order to receive the money. "From that, they told me $211 will be refunded to me when I'll get the grant", says Catrina. Criminals also ask that this 'fee' to be paid via MoneyGram or Western Union.

To be more efficient, scammers send victims to the real website of the Recovery Act and sometimes even impersonating the ARRA board members! This way, when victims research the website they find the real person there, not knowing the scammer just claims to be him/her.

 

How To Report A Recovery Act Federal Grant Scam:

If you have been approached by a scammer claiming to be from ARRA, report him by using the link below:

Report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

 

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Saurabh Surshetwar

All this started from that fucking single call. I want to aware all of you if you get a call from Washington DC saying that "you have been selected for grandmoney and you will get $ 7000 " He told me you are selected among 1500 people and all that bull shit. Next thing he told me to do is go to Walmart and send $280 as a registration fees he told me to send through gram money to a guy called Cody Cummings. While talking to that person he mention that he is from ARRA-American Recovery and Reinvestment Act… Read more »

Lynn

Them bitches going to fucking rot, i swear if i can get a hold of them….

Jamie Taylor

$7800 for me with $28 fee and the WalMart fee of $11.50, Joseph Allen Jr. 315-203-3446 xt 7750. Heavy accent, not a Joseph, he knew all my bank information and my address, how does this keep happening, scammers…

Albert

More of the same this scamers keep calling me different# one from California #(510) 545-7604 and Washington#(202) 600-9815 same thing told me first I had 9000 in grants for me and then went down to 7000 asking me for 250 for security deposit. When I told him I was at the website and told him the official website said grants do not require any security deposit he changed his mind and said it was a enrollment fee but its refundable? Yeah good luck separating me from my $250

Kristopher rose

I was contacted today April 1, 2016 and told I have been granted $7000 and could receive my money either by WU, direct deposit or prepaid card but I had to pay $225 prior to getting the $ by securing the account with loaner but that I would be refunded within 25 mins of the transaction occurring. She said they are obligated to stay on the line while the transaction takes place. That the money would be transferred via Western Union. If I did not want to participate I had up to 10 days to cancel my membership or Grant… Read more »

Albert

also received a call telling me I was awarded a $9,000 Federal Grant. call back number was 315- 210 – 8632. in order to receive the Grant, I first needed to purchase an Amazon gift card in the amount of $250 and call back with the pin number on the card. the purpose was to verify my identity, and I would be refunded the $250 when I receive the $9,000 Grant. the lady I spoke to was probably Chinese and the man was probably Arab. they think we Americans are so stupid!!!

Khan

I received a call from # 1-212-885-9999 and they told me to call this number 315-203-8896 and I spoke to Andre Pitt and he told me to go to nearest Western Union office and get myself registered and there would be a fee of $187 and they will get you the MTC(Money Transfer Control) Number. The person I talked to above number 315-203-8896 is Andre Pitt and his extension is 288

Racherie Williams

I was contacted, in Columbia, SC by a David Coleman today around 6:20pm in regards to a grant that i was approved for, stated All that these good folks stated in there incounter with these CAMMERS! I ALMOST fell for it but WAS ALWAYS TOLD "GRANTs" are "FREE". So im sitting at western union Now texting The World. So they can Be AWARE. Please dnt b fooled, so legit but Sure enough upon looking into it. ITS NOT LEGIT!!! I was told to send 250.00 to a guy Named Teng Liu in China and ill get 5000 thru western Union… Read more »

Ty Hall

I GOT CALLED THIS MORNING FROM MELVIN WEB AND THIS SCAMMER WANTED ME TO SEND CATHRINE SAWYER $250.00 FOR A FEE TO COLLECT THE $8500 HUNDRED DOLLARS WAITING TO BE DEPOSITED INTO MY ACCOUNT. I’AM BOTHER BY THESE CRIMINALS WHO THINK THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE TO GET AWAY WITH THESE TYPES OF SCAMS. OUR GOV NEEDS TO CRACK DOWN ON THESE DEVILS.

Cherie

Someone by the name of Kevin Luther called me and said that I was awarded a once in a life time grant of $9000.00 from ARRA. I had to register with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York $265.00 that would be refunded within 15 minutes of registration along with the $9000 grant. The number he called from was from 1-315-210-8632 I could also call 1-917-200-9240 after the registration was complete so my funds could be release.

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