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Do I have to pay tax on a grant?

asked 2016-11-25 09:29:53 -0800

Phil Bailey gravatar image

updated 2016-11-29 15:27:58 -0800

Terry gravatar image

So I was being scammed. The set-up started on Facebook. I accepted a friend request from a profile who's name and picture I associated with a cousin that I haven't talked to in a long time. He asked me how I was doing. I said fine, newly retired. He asked if I had received my government help support yet.

I have since found out today that the Facebook account (that I thought belonged to a relative of a cousin through which initial contact was made) had been hijacked. It had belonged to my cousin's father in law, whose husband shares the same name.

I said no, and he gave me an e-mail address to contact. This contact sent me a questionairre, shipping info for my check and request for $1000. Both my Facebook "friend" and this contact have repeatedly asked if I've sent the money yet. I believe they are the same person. Of course, I haven't.

But he/they strung me all the way to the edge.

Is this a scam?

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answered 2016-11-30 08:45:45 -0800

Terry gravatar image

Yes, this is a scam. Change your Facebook password. Report this incident to Facebook. And do not provide any more personal information or send any money to these folks. Glad you have not sent them $1000, don't do it! Find out about some other free money scams and avoid them!

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