National Institute of Health

Ann – May 22, 2020

Victim Location 35614

Type of a scam Advance Fee Loan

I was almost scammed by national Institute of health they wanted my i.d. were i live my address how much income i had an they ask how much i wanted to borrow.

Shawn –

Victim Location 28056

Total money lost $250

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

I have been scammed by a company that calls itself the national institute of health. They want you to buy a 250.00 Google play card. Send a picture of it. Then to get the tracking number they ask you to pay 1000.00 at western union to get the tracking numbers.

Teresa –

Victim Location 44111

Type of a scam Government Grant

I received robocall from the National Institute of Health saying I won a $40,000 grant. I have not responded.

Tyler –

Victim Location 62206

Type of a scam Government Grant

called me stating the were the NIH. Man identified himself as Michael Green ID: NG2032. Told me to load up a card worth $400 from Walgreens in order to receive a large sum of money.

Craig –

Victim Location 68046

Type of a scam Advance Fee Loan

A “friend” sent an email on Messenger asking if I have heard of a program through the National Institute of Health for helping the old, disabled, retired and widows. They asked for my name, address, phone number and my current age to see if I was a winner of a grant for 100,000.

Once I gave them that information they gave me a reference # and asked me to get 5 $100 ITunes cards. They said they were a federal agent. This seemed odd to me that a federal agent was working on a Sunday. I needed to get them the gift cards right away. They kept texting and when I didn’t respond they started sending inappropriate messenger emails again.

Tabitha –

Victim Location 70560

Type of a scam Government Grant

A number from the United States kept calling my phone but I wouldn’t answer the phone. Finally, I decided to answer my phone and the lady stated that I was accepted to receive a government grant and that I didn’t have to pay anything. She stated my name and the state I live in as well. Then, she proceeded to ask me for my driver’s license number as a form of identification. Immediately, I began to notice this was a scam. I didn’t apply for any grant money from the government at all. I told the lady I was busy and call back later. As soon as we hung up the phone, I visited this website to find out for sure if this was a scam. I wasn’t surprised to find out that this was indeed a scam.

Bruce –

Victim Location 30542

Type of a scam Government Grant

Different men with strong Indian accent and poor English vocabulary have been calling several times to my cellphone even on Saturday, claiming that the National Institute of Health Government Dept has granted me $9,000.00 I hung up. Then later I was called again by a different guy different voice, but same Indian accent telling me that I have a grant of 14,000usd That every year the government grant money to some citizens who never filed for bankruptcy, had a criminal record or a traffic violation, etc. He told me to take note of a grant manager phone number that I need to call a grant ID number and an address, and that I need to call immediately. I asked questions that he pretended not to understand and was very insistent that, it is my money and they don’t want to keep it, soon after he started asking me to confirm my name, my age, my telephone number, my marital status, my address, etc. I refused to confirm more than just my name and phone number. This calls are so classic scams to still someone’s identity.

Autumn –

Victim Location 79101

Type of a scam Government Grant

I got a call from Mark Gilbert telling me I had a grant available, in the amount of $14,566.00.When he wanted me to go to Walmart to get a gift card, I hung up.

Savannah –

Victim Location 44057

Type of a scam Government Grant

The caller spoke with a thick foreign accent. He described the process to me how the government chose me to receive $14,566 in grant money to use as I choose. He had me write down a number #PS013, a phone number 240-437-4044 ( which I called to find that this is a personal number belonging to an innocent citizen, without an accent completely unaware of this situation), and an address: 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20392. After having me write all this information he told me that in order to receive the "grant" money I would need to give him my bank account number or debit card number so they can "put the money there." When I told him he was "out of his mind" he suggested I buy a pre-paid card to gave them put it on that. When I continued to enforce that this was a scam he proceeded to defend himself. The connection was really bad as well.

Nathaniel –

Victim Location 99218

Type of a scam Government Grant

I was supposed to call Robert Frost.

14,566 dollars is the amount they told me I won.

Marc –

Victim Location 43613

Type of a scam Government Grant

Received several calls saying I was one of 250 people chosen for a

$14,500 Grant free money that can be used for anything not illegal. He wanted me to give them a bank account number or prepaid dedit card number to put the money on. I questioned him about being given a scam, we danced around the subject for 20 mins, the agent got very frustrated with me. He gave me a phone number and file number to call back to give them so I could get the money

Matthew –

Victim Location 11691

Total money lost $1,400

Type of a scam Government Grant

Consumer received calls from individual stating that she had been selected for a grant due to her application and for her good credit scores. Scammer requested a prepaid or credit card that grant could be sent to and informed her that taxes would need to be paid to IRS in amount of $999. Consumer was instructed to pay $400 for processing fees which consumer did via itunes cards. Scammer told consumer that he attempted to transfer money in her account but that he was unsuccessful because her account was now being rejected due to her credit store. Scammer requested another $275 so that scammer could contact IRS and increase consumer’s credit score so that scammer could transfer money to the consumer’s account.

Erika –

Victim Location 75602

Type of a scam Government Grant

Husband received a call from National Institute of Health claiming he had been selected for a government grant over $14,000. Was told he couldn’t talk to anybody and to purchase an Apple Gift Card for $500. Last year they were doing a selection and Amazon was sending grants, but Apple was doing it this year. He was given a badge number of: JAS125896. The grant approval number is TX23108. The caller said 900 people were selected in the country and 500 in Texas. This is not the first call he had received.

Jose –

Victim Location 21001

Type of a scam Government Grant

A gentleman called and offered a government grant that I didn’t have to pay back. Gave a confirmation number and everything. The gentleman stated that I needed to send him money in order to receive the grant.

Audrey –

Victim Location 20201

Type of a scam Government Grant

 I supposedly am receiving a grant from the government I have to go to their office at 200 independence ave SW Washington DC 20201 or go to a western union they need 299.99 which will be returned if I go to western union

Ashlee –

Victim Location 03820

Type of a scam Government Grant

Officer Andrew White badge ID # AW294 called me with his phone number and address to tell me I have been selected to receive $14,566.00 in tax free monies because I met the following criteria:

Paid my taxes on time

No criminal record

have not cost the Federal government any monies (verbatim)

The grant comes partially from the government and partially from private donations , in my case Apple.

He told me we would be putting those monies on an Apple card right over the phone. I asked him to send it to my address as he confirmed he had my address. I was told the transaction was going to be complete before we got off the phone.

I was offer the choice of having it wire transferred to an account. I declined that choice.

When I looked up the scam online while on the phone and started to read the information to him, he became defensive and said he would send the police department in my town to my door to deliver the grant. I told him I thought that was a wonderful idea and that I would wait for the police.

I’m still waiting… hahaha I knew it was a scam from the beginning but I wanted to play it out with him on the phone to get more information to report

Jaime –

Victim Location 60446

Type of a scam Government Grant

I received a phone call around 10am on Jan. 9th. The man stated I was intitled to money from the apple company

Timothy –

Victim Location 35984

Type of a scam Government Grant

A man with a heavy Indian accent called to give me a grant from the National Institute of Health. He called himself Edward Green and said I was selected randomly as tax payer to receive a grant that would never have to be paid back. I believe he said it was for $600.00 but I could not understand him clearly on the "6" part of the number.

He said my grant authorization number is AG013 and his grant offer personal number is 2404374232 (this could be a phone number but he did not say that it was) and the address is: 9000 Rockville, Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892

He then said, "How would you like your money delivered, by transfering it directly into your bank account, or your Visa or Mastercard or…?" a third way that was similar to that but I was not able to understand exactly what he said on that one. Either way I would have to give him access to my credit card number or bank account numbers. He was not willing to send me a check.

I am sure this had to be a scam. I hope this helps in some way to stop it.

Brett –

Victim Location 61115

Type of a scam Government Grant

I had a gentlemen by the name of Adam Sowalsky call me today to tell me that I had recieved a grant for $14,566. He started out by giving me my personal information. Then told me to go to Walgreens or CVS and purchase a prepaid card for $300, which would be reimbursed through the grant. I started asking him information about a website. He gave me a website of Adam Sowalsky(which was a PhD) and also The National Institute of Health. When I was looking up this information, he became very pushy and wanted to rush me to the nearest Walgreens or CVS.

Carly –

Victim Location 48047

Type of a scam Government Grant


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