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How do I find out if I'm being scammed?

asked 2015-12-03 17:36:58 -0700

Brandydoge gravatar image

updated 2015-12-07 17:27:19 -0700

Puliti gravatar image

Received a call and a man verified basic info: name, age, address. He then proceeded to give me account managers number and grant ID Claim number. The next step is to call the manager in order to set up payment method. Should I proceed? The person I spoke to stated he was calling  from Washington and already knew my name and other info. Nothing too harmful; no SS number, bank info, or mothers maiden was asked.  Any suggestions?

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answered 2015-12-11 13:41:06 -0700

Mark gravatar image

updated 2015-12-11 13:43:44 -0700

Nancy gravatar image

Yes, a very important suggestion:  DO NOT call the manager to set up a payment method. This is definitely a scam. They make it sound very official by supposedly giving you the id numbers for the caller and the grant, but this is not the way the government works. EVER. They have many ways to find information about you and arrange for you to call with payment info so they can get your personal and financial details. Trust me, you will never see a dime of your "Claim" and you won't get your payment back -- or worse. You don't ever have to pay for a grant, by its very definition. Don't fall for this! Please click here to read an important article about "free money" phone call scams -- how to recognize them and what to do about it.

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