Federal Grant Scam Circulating

How does $25,000 in Federal grants, no strings attached sound? Don't believe it. Crooks are behind the claim, and they're fishing around southern Colorado for people to scam.

One woman who spotted the bogus offer contacted 11 News.

This particular scam seems to play on recent news of massive government stimulus programs. The pitch comes by mail right to the front door.

"Urgent matter regarding upcoming release of government funds," said one Colorado Springs woman, who asked 11 News to protect her identity.

She ended up on the GF Institute's mailing list. Those behind the so-called GF Institute want people to believe they have the key to fast cash.

"You know, people like me might fall for this. That's what I was worried about," the woman said.

To add some pressure, an 800 number to the GF Institute must be called within three days, or the offer to find out how to get thousands in Federal grants would be gone forever.

"You have to spend $59 to get this book. $10 to get it shipped to you. You're looking at throwing away $69," said KKTV 11 News Call For Action expert, Betty Sexton.

These types of scams make the rounds every year hoping the government angle will hook more customers.

"In the 9 years I've been doing this, people who've responded to ‘government grants’ have been so disappointed," Sexton said.

The GF Institute mailer offers no return address, only indicates it is based in Kansas City. Experts said that is another red flag that the company is as bogus as the claim that are coming in the mail.

"I'm going to throw it away," said the woman. "Right in the trash."

You can find out how to apply for real Federal grants by clicking on the link below.

http://www.grants.gov


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  • by Al Location: Vista, CA on Mar 23, 2011 at 11:38 AM
    I received a call from a person with an Indian accent telling me that I was to receive a Federal grant of $5000. He knew my name and most of my address. I was given a code and told to call a number, 202-684-6461 and give the accountant my secret code. I waited a few hours and then placed the call. There was no answer. Now if this was a federal agency how come no one answered?
  • by Sandy Location: Homeworth, Ohio on Jul 8, 2009 at 01:22 PM
    I received the same thing on July 8th,2009.I didn,t call the 877 number I just looked it up on the web to see if it was bogus or not and it is. how can they get away with this BS?
  • by Dustin Location: Navarre, fl on Jun 25, 2009 at 10:31 AM
    I received the same thing in the mail on Jun 25th, 2009. Most of us should know how these scams work by now. They will try to teach you through the process blah, blah, blah, give us this amount and nothing else. Next thing you know, your being charges a monthly fee. A real Government grant is free and you need to contact the state to receive an application, because do not trust anyone over the phone or online. There was another group called Grants for Citizens that was doing the same thing. They also wanted $59.95, but wait, if you order in the next 60 minutes. We will knock off $20.00 for a special $39.95 fee. Yea right, don't fall for these.
  • by charles k. lewis Location: United States on Jun 20, 2009 at 01:51 PM
    i knew it was a scheme and that's why i had to go online and look it up.i received the same think in by mail.thoy support call me back Monday and i will give them a piece of my mind
  • by Richard Location: bradenton fl on Jun 17, 2009 at 02:55 PM
    i recieved the same letter Wed 17 2009 and called the number a recording states send in $59.95 for processing to recieve yor Goverment Grant of $25,000 Free from Kansas City, kansas. Mine is in the trash as well.
  • by Anthony Butler Location: Los Angeles on Jun 11, 2009 at 03:38 PM
    The same so-call government grant flyer was in my mail today. With a 1-877-450 6542 giving you 36 hours to respond (3days). And from the same place Kansas City, Kansas. So folks in The L.A. and surrounding areas beware. Mine is in the trash. 6/11/09
  • by Tiffany Location: California on Jun 5, 2009 at 05:05 AM
    I recevied one of those letters in the mail also. It didn't sound right three hours to respond all just to get a book. You can go to library to find books on how to get grants which you can copy for a price that is less there book. Online you can do research. When i got the letter someone wanted to give me a grant without me doing research. I had to check them out call a number sometime leads to a book or cd.
  • by Georgia Kamaka Location: Molokai, HI on Jun 3, 2009 at 08:20 PM
    I am so glad that there are people who care enough to share their experiences concerning scams. I received the same scam in the mail today. I am glad that I looked it up in the internet. Mahalo for your concern.
  • by Chris Location: cs on May 28, 2009 at 09:23 PM
    I was wondering if you could e mail me the video of the woman so i can show it to her bc she is my nabor Chris fischerc1993@yahoo.com
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