Victim Location 28306
Type of a scam Government Grant
Received a phone call approximately 17:00 EST. The caller ID merely showed it as an unknown number, which only added to the suspicion that this was a hoax and potential scam. The person identified himself as Robert (he had an extremely heavy middle eastern accent), a rep from the US Treasury and Grant department and said that the homeowner (we’ll call this person XYZ to exclude any personal information identifiers) was entitled to an $8400 grant because of meeting certain criteria (i.e. no criminal record, no bankruptcies and a few others). He said that it could be received via a deposit into a checking account, a credit card or Western Union. I continued to entertain the person by saying Western Union (WU). He asked for my name, i gave a false first name and no last name. He then asked how long it would take to get to WU and also asked what XYZ was doing at the moment. I told him 15-30 minutes (this is truthful) and that XYZ was getting prepared to goto WU (this was a lie). He then provided me with a phone number 206-400-2657. He said that i would need to call his supervisor, who was identified as Nelson Vega, to complete the accpetance of the grant. I told him that since it was his supervisor, he should be able to transfer me to him to which he replied that he did not have the ability to transfer our phone call. This was another of the numerous red flags that sprung up from this entire conversation. He then gave me a confirmation code (CV2708) that i would need to provide to his supervisor. He then went over all of the information one more time, then provided me with all of the standard information about XYZ, which include name, address, phone. Several times throughout our conversation i had to get him to repeat what he said as his accent was very heavy and difficult to understand at times. Of note, he seemed to be somewhat patient for most of the conversation until i asked him about transferring the call to his supervisor. From that point forward, i felt as though he was trying to hurry through the rest of his script and end the call as soon as possible. After the call was completed, i immediately did a google search about this entire conversation and saw a lot of similar entries about more or less the exact same scenario i just encountered so then i went to the ScamPulse.com website and submitted this report.