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Beware of "Federal Government Empowerment Money Program" Facebook Scam

2017-12-07T12:27:20  +
Beware of "Federal Government Empowerment Money Program" Facebook Scam

Facebook users are asked to delete or ignore messages that claim they are have won thousands or millions of dollars in the federal government program for community empowerment, and that their names were seen on the winner list. Some of the messages claim that the government and Mark Zuckerberg are sending checks to disabled people and the recipients' names are on the list. But, the messages are fakes that are being sent by cybercriminals. Therefore, recipients of those messages are asked not to respond to them with their personal information, or follow the instructions in them, even if the messages appear as if they were sent by a friend or family member. Scammers have cloned or hijacked some Facebook users' accounts, and are sending fake messages to their friends, in an attempt to trick them into sending their personal information and money.

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Here are some complaints that we have received:

  • "someone has repeatedly presented themselves as someone I know, using her name and picture. Claiming that Facebook is awarding 150,000.00 for my use to support community services. My friend and I want this to stop. I was given contact info to win my money. we both know this is a scam and have not responded, but want a block set up. we would like to see the police track them down and arreet them, but they are probably out of this country. What can be done to block these contacts?"
  • "Beware of the federal government empowerment money program facebook page! It is an identity theft scam! If you have had any contact with this site, please stop now! They are stealing your identity! They will lure you in by stealing one of you follower's messaging and sending you a message. They will ask for your personal and financial data on a form they send you by messaging on fb. I looked them up while i was online with them because their offer was too good to be true. I checked two scam sites and they were on both of them. I messaged their fb page that they were a scam. I also messaged the friend whose messaging they stole that they were identity thieves. They immediately shut down the fb page and any additional messages i made to my friend! Beware! If you have given them your info, you need to take precautionary measures so that they don't steal your identity...fast!"
  • "I received a facebook message from an old high school friend telling me she «won» $150,000.00 in a federal government program for community empowerment, and that she saw my name on a «winners list» that the man who brought her her check had. She wants me to contact Mark Samson Lekky on his facebook page. There is VERY little information on his page, and I have blocked him from mine as I am afraid this is a total scam."

Facebook users, should not send their personal information to anyone on Facebook who claims they are winners of lotteries, online promotions, government program awards, or some other organizational awards. And, they should not send their hard-earned money or financial information either.

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  • Posted: 2018-04-25T00:22:15 by an anonymous user from or near: Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States

    Here is another scam:

    "This portal is to help qualified and experienced People in Canada, UK, USA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND & Rest of the World to get out of odd Jobs and settle in office Jobs. To help Fresh Graduates and New Immigrants get a good job in their field. Driver need, any types of job you want, contact via address or call and text ( 15093928960 /
    globalempowerment02@gmail.com )

    Also financial assistance to entrepreneur, Investor with poor capital to fund your business, and many more,E.T.C.
    Contact via address or call and text ( 15093928960 /
    globalempowerment02@gmail.com )"


  • Posted: 2018-04-21T09:06:03 by info

    Received via email:

    "I also was contacted by a Thomas Grey stating he was a Director of Federation Government Grant Fund reward program on my facebook/messenger page! He pretended to know my friend by answering questions on her behalf when I messaged her. He offered me $200.000 all I had to do was send him $850 so he could send me a form to complete and send back. I finally was able to phone my friend and of course, she did not know this man and did not receive any money from him!!

    I immediately blocked him and our conversations on Facebook."


  • Posted: 2018-04-21T08:58:55 by info

    Receive via email:

    "Federal Government Compensation Grant

    Hello, I was given your name, email address, and number of 202-844-7792 regarding a Federal Government Compensation Grant funding platform created and funded by OPEC. It was from a woman on Facebook whom befriended me due to similar medical issues.

    Kerry Oliver (from Facebook) stated;

    "They are helping the retired, semi retired, disabled, widow, old, divorced, living I'm dues, setting up a business, buying a new home and also for educational support by giving them huge amount of money"

    " I got a grant compensation from them this few days now and your profile name is also on their compensation list too when they got to deliver my money to my doorstep"

    "I'm happy cos I got $50,000 cash delivered to my doorstep so I thought I would see if you have gotten yours too?"

    "Have you not been contacted either by texts or mail?"

    "I think you should contact the agent in charge by sending them a text"

    "Tell them a friend of yours told you about this and you are ready to claim your winning money from them"

    I would not call or text you without at least an email or website address. The most she could provide to me was your email address."


  • Posted: 2018-04-18T23:18:30 by an anonymous user from or near: Castro Valley, California, United States

    I got an IM message from a friend asking how I was doing and asked if I heard what happened to him. He said he won $120,000. I told him congratulations. He asked if they contacted me. I said, “no, why?” He said because he saw my name on the list and that I should call them.

    After a process, I was told that I would need $6,000 to pay the security people for the cash delivery. This didn’t seem right so I put my friend’s name in the IM search bar and another profile of him came up, only this one didn’t have the conversation I had just had with him.

    I let him know his profile got copied. A couple of weeks later, the creeps are using my profile picture and running the same scam on my friends.

    In addition, I got robo calls from a number claiming to be the IRS. I’ve blocked all of the numbers and fake profiles and reported them, but every day a couple of friends get a hold of me to ask if I’m messaging them. Is there anything else I can do?


    • Posted: 2018-04-19T05:34:44 by info

      Share this article with your friends and family to make them aware of this scam.


  • Posted: 2018-04-07T09:06:03 by an anonymous user from or near: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States

    Just got hit with scam deleted it


  • Posted: 2018-03-31T21:09:09 by an anonymous user from or near: Rich Square, North Carolina, United States

    I had a Terry David contact me saying he was an AGent with the Federal Government empowering program and if I western union 500.00 I would receive 50,000 within 4 to 5 hours.

    I found that mighty odd. I also researched it and found out they had hacked my friends account making me think it was her. I gave out my name address, place of work, income and phone number thinking it was her. What can they do with that information


    • Posted: 2018-04-05T17:25:13 by an anonymous user from or near: Chicago, Illinois, United States

      using 6152465311 now, fyi


    • Posted: 2018-04-01T00:16:00 by info

      They will use the information to contact and attempt to scam you, so just be careful going forward.


  • Posted: 2018-03-22T10:53:53 by an anonymous user from or near: Sarasota, Florida, United States

    A friend was hacked! I was told i could get $50,000 but would have to provide $800 for processing. Told them i didnt have the money, only $100 they told me to go to wal-mart and buy an i-tunes card with the $100. I-tunes is for music
    they identify themselves as usdpcab telephone number 812-324-9727 name harry larry


    • Posted: 2018-03-25T09:25:18 by an anonymous user from or near: Wallingford, Kentucky, United States

      Received a friend request with a picture of an older lady named Vicky Perkins. I friended her. She said in a message I could win money thru the Publishers Clearing House. Sent me to a Facebook page of a man named Louie Pogge. The lady messaged me all night, till I fell asleep.

      At 5:45 the next morning the man wanted to get started getting me money. I will report their names and a Facebook link to the BBB in the morning when they open.

      I asked the lady to show me a pic of her checkbook, she said first she had gotten money. Then it was she hadn't received her money grant. My reply was "Did you get roses and a pick the big moment?" She never answered me again.

      Be aware of who you give your info to. I'm sure the Publishers Clearing House would love to find these people.... Beware....


  • Posted: 2018-03-22T09:29:36 by an anonymous user from or near: Kansas City, Missouri, United States

    Is there a government program by this name that is not a scam? A "friend" submitted my name and I was contacted by someone saying I had been chosen to receive a very large grant but I had to come up with $990 for taxes to begin to receive the money.

    After a long protest saying I did not have the money and I would not get a payday loan, the representative said he would wave the fee if I bought a $25 card from a TD Bank (Toronto Dominion). Is this also part of the scam?


    • Posted: 2018-03-22T09:53:21 by info

      Yes, it is a scam.


  • Posted: 2018-03-21T13:20:20 by an anonymous user from or near: Lake Grove, New York, United States


    I received one of these messages today. The scammer gave me a phone number to call but I didn't call it. I just stated that I'll research the program and will contact when ready. I didn't give any information about myself, do I need to worry about this?


  • Posted: 2018-03-15T01:32:18 by an anonymous user from or near: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

    Hi!!..My sister, Sharon Ostertag, (she's on facebook), just got scammed from the dept of human services empowerment program. They hacked her page, & now have her info! I believe that they also have all her contacts as well, including me, & my husband!!

    I tried blocking them on facebook, but there is nothing on them there...Am sure I got the name of the place right, but still unable to block them! My sister told me that she saw my name written on their list! Obviously from her contact list! So what can I do to protect myself from these criminals? Thanks. Jody.


    • Posted: 2018-03-15T04:51:05 by info

      Ignore them. Do not send them money, financial or personal information.


  • Posted: 2018-03-06T13:23:16 by info

    Received via email:

    "Yes a friend gave me a lawyers name and cell phone number. She said she paid 800 dollars to receive 60,000 from IMF grant. I sent a txt to the lawyer he said he needed my Facebook I'd and password and depending on the fee I pay to him I could recieve up to 470,000 dollars also told me im to tell no one.

    I looked up IMF and looked like it's for under privileged countries. He keeps texting me wanting my money and said I'd receive 60,000 from IMF grant if I pay him a 800 dollar fee. Can someone contact me plz."


  • Posted: 2018-02-28T05:40:35 by an anonymous user from or near: El Dorado, Arkansas, United States

    what is the Government empowerment program agency that is saying I won a lot of money about.

    I got a text from a old friend saying they had won money and that they had saw my name on the list. they say they were hacked though, Dianne Kruse is the name they wanted me to send a message to and friend them also.

    I didnt friend them, but person wont give me a phone number or any info, except I won thousands of dollars..


  • Posted: 2018-02-27T13:41:34 by an anonymous user from or near: New London, Wisconsin, United States

    I was messaged by a dear friend who is so very trustworthy...she told me about the Facebook empowerment progtam...I fell for r it because she is who she is...an honest God believing person...asked questions and got the right answers...now what do I do...gave them name address phone no. Nothing else...


    • Posted: 2018-02-27T14:23:37 by info

      The message not was sent by your friend. It seems her account was hacked and used to trick you.

      You cannot undo sending them your personal information, so just be careful going forward because the scammers will contact you and attempt to trick you into sending them money.


  • Posted: 2018-02-23T11:23:55 by an anonymous user from or near: Derry, New Hampshire, United States

    I was contacted through messenger from whom I thought was my cousin. Turns out she knew nothing of this message. Basically, the message was that she was going to be compensated $100,000 when she submits an application to the United States Department of People Compensation Appeals Board Program, AND that they said my name was on the list, too. And that I should text the claim agent immediately at 714-340-2027. Needless to say, I didn't contact them.

    Any suggestions as to how to protect myself other than changing my FB and Messenger Password and profile pic? How do we stop these crooks?


    • Posted: 2018-02-23T13:28:22 by info

      Try blocking or reporting them to Facebook.


  • Posted: 2018-02-22T14:45:29 by an anonymous user from or near: Grass Valley, California, United States

    This just happened to me too. It sucks but I think it's a scam. The agent is Alice grimes kale


  • Posted: 2018-02-18T13:10:24 by an anonymous user from or near: San Antonio, Texas, United States

    im getting text messages on my phone from eric ross hes showing me pictures and so forth; the number he's texting from is 516-630-3807.please report to police


  • Posted: 2018-02-15T01:52:01 by Annette from or near: Portland, Oregon, United States

    I was stupid and got scammed through Facebook. They sent me a message through Facebook messenger posing as one of my friends. They told me to send a friend request to Alan White sr.

    He accepted right away and told me what I had to do to get a laptop and $150,000. I did what he said to do and he said he would send me a code to claim the prize. What can we do to stop this kind of thing? Too late for me, I believed it was true coming from a friend.


  • Posted: 2018-02-14T19:39:48 by an anonymous user from or near: Pompano Beach, Florida, United States

    I was contacted by Ronald Mercer:

    "Good to hear that from you too, things are going right well here as well and great time with my compensation from United States department, have you heard about the(USDPCAB) program?
    No I haven’t.

    You haven't heard from them yet coz when signing on my document I saw your name on their winners list...

    Did you apply for any grant offer from any agency?

    How do I check that?

    You just have to get through their agent contact
    To check if you still on the list
    Ok, thanks. I’ll check with my grant writer.

    Textnow number
    Who do I ask for?

    Once you send her a message tell her that you heard this from me and you are ready to claim your money from them
    What is her name?
    I have several for there.

    Debra bailey banks"


  • Posted: 2018-02-14T05:56:35 by an anonymous user from or near: Middletown, Ohio, United States

    Someone using the name Debbie Ketchum sent me a message about my name being on a list of names for a grant of funds for older adults that are deaf or disabled, so without thinking I sent them my personal information. What can I do to get help with this? My name is Carol. They give me a agents name Kim Jackson who I am sure is false. The number I was given is 51-80-8575


    • Posted: 2018-02-14T06:18:35 by info

      You cannot undo sending your personal information, therefore, just be careful going forward. This is because the scammers will contact you and attempt to scam. If you do not send them money or more information, you will be ok.


  • Posted: 2018-02-13T17:48:29 by an anonymous user from or near: Middletown, Ohio, United States

    The name I was given was agent Kim Jackson number 501-800-8575


  • Posted: 2018-02-13T17:46:08 by an anonymous user from or near: Middletown, Ohio, United States

    I was given this information about a government compensation and I sent my information. What can I do to stop this? I didn’t send any banking information or credit card


    • Posted: 2018-02-13T20:32:01 by info

      If you didn't send banking or credit card information, you are ok. The scammers will contact you and will attempt to scam you, so just be careful going forward.


  • Posted: 2018-02-10T06:17:42 by an anonymous user from or near: Bryant, Arkansas, United States

    I got a message from someone on Messenger posing as someone I know, it said the federal government USDPCAB was giving people money too. They said to text this number to get started 214-997-2899 I asked the person a question they would definitely know about me, well they gave the wrong answer to my question.

    So I said leave me alone scammer, they gave me the thumbs up, an didn't message me again. Then I blocked them.


  • Posted: 2018-02-01T17:48:38 by an anonymous user from or near: Bedminster (Pluckemin), New Jersey, United States

    This just happened to me and I'm confronting them about it being a scam and they are trying to say and do things to make me believe it's not a scam. I wasn't thinking and gave them my information because I didn't know at the time that it was a scam. What should I do now?


    • Posted: 2018-03-31T20:59:44 by an anonymous user from or near: Rich Square, North Carolina, United States

      I got a message from one of my facebook friends saying that she gave them five hundred dollars and they sent her 50, 000 and it took 4 to 5 hours. She said she had to wait at Walmart for her money.

      I thought I was talking to her and I told her I gave them my name, phone number and where I work. I start feeling un-easy because I asked my friend a lot of questions, She said it was legit. I researched and they said they might have hacked her page. I didn't send any money, but this Terry David was very persistent. I told him I had only a 100.00 he said go to the store and I said what store, he never mention what store.

      He also said don't tell anybody about this until I receive your money. I found that mighty odd.


    • Posted: 2018-02-01T18:39:10 by info

      Just be careful going forward because the scammers will be contacting you and will attempt to trick you into sending them money.


  • Posted: 2018-01-25T11:32:21 by an anonymous user from or near: Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, United States


    Here is another one:

    "Congratulations!!! Am Online Claiming Agent David Williams Mike in-charge of the Empowerment program set up by Facebook C.E.O to help the American communities and other countries around the world for the Young, Old and Retired and Disable. The money given by the Facebook C.E.O is not a loan, It's free money giving by the Facebook C.E.O to help the American communities and Other countries across the world, We will need to confirm some information before we can deliver your winnings to you in your home, the winnings will be delivered to you as soon as the information required are duly filled and verified. Let me know as soon as you are ready to proceed.

    Claims Requirements:
    To claim you will need to fill the Claims Requirements form, so that we can Locate Your Destination where to bringing the Money to you, and your information will be safe from public.

    Full Name....................
    Full Address........................
    Marital Status..............
    E-mail Address............
    Text - phone...............
    Check or Cash...........
    AT and T User name and password ...
    Worth of Income.............

    Agent-Officer David Williams Mike"



    • Posted: 2018-03-31T21:04:11 by an anonymous user from or near: Rich Square, North Carolina, United States

      I was sent something similar to this they claim they use fed ex, UPS and courier service to deliver your money. I was approached through a friend on facebook.


  • Posted: 2017-12-23T07:36:05 by info

    Received via email:

    "The following was supposedly sent to me by a Facebook friend, Melissa Karchunas Schranz, who has been hacked with a fake message that if I click on a link I am on a list to get free government money. I pretended to go along with it to get more info, knowing it was fake. - Melissa Jones Callis

    Hi, how are you doing?

    Good, how are you Melissa? Am doing pretty good and so exited,happy to see you online now,have you gotten your Christmas cash fund prize?What is that.the federal government they are giving out cash to compensate the Facebook users

    I was not aware of that

    OMG!!!i just got $35,000 from the federal government they are giving out cash to compensate the Facebook users and i saw your name among the winning list that will receive the X-mas bonus, did you get yours too?1Is this a joke?This is for real, and i got the money for real, i'm planning to buy a new house soon, they came to my home to deliver the cash to me in person. My bank told me the cash is real, i paid off all old bills from the prizeWhere did you find the list?when i was trying to sign some paper works. I thought you would have receive the money too that is why i messaged to inform you about it.Had no clue, will believe it when I see it but congratulations on your money!!and I got my cash delivered at my doorstep you can claim your cash too, two of my old friend got their money too all you have to do is to claim your winning money from them Did you know how to apply for it?

    No should I send you their online claim agent claiming link i message when i was claiming mine?Sure thanks!https://www.facebook.com/virginia.branham.3Virginia Branham click the link now...it will lead you to the agent...send them a request and immediately them accept,inbox them you want to claim your winning PRIZE..they will attend to you.and keep me posted.....

    Ok thanks, Your welcomeI'm so glad you and your Sweetie will have a new house!!!Sure very soon just make sure you contact on time so you could also use yours for whatever you want to use it for....Do that now before the link expire

    Sent from MessengerChat Conversation End"


    • Posted: 2017-12-27T15:26:13 by an anonymous user from or near: Greenville, North Carolina, United States

      This just happen to me with the same message.


  • Posted: 2017-11-27T07:57:21 by an anonymous user from or near: Seattle, Washington, United States

    Sender's first Messenger message: "Hi... How are you?" Thinking the sender was my online-gamer friend, I asked if she was still playing our game.
    The next message: "Yes, How are you doing?" I replied and added, "And you?" Sender's then wrote: "I'm doing well and extremely happy, I hope you have heard about the good news yet?"

    I asked "What good news?" Sender replied, "The program that was setup to help and compensate the community which our Facebook profiles was what they used to enter for the draw. I just applied and I was given $200,000.00, so I was wondering you might have gotten it now." I asked the sender if this money had been received because it sounded like a scam to me. Sender responded, "Yes,I got the money delivered to me in Cash and for real. Maybe you should contact the agent in charge to find out what's in for you first. Would you apply for yours too so I can get you their page for you to confirm your winnings?"

    Sender linked to a Mark Williams' FB page set up as a government organization--although nothing of any substance was posted there. I took his "about" statement, copied and pasted it into the browser search box, and found your page confirming this to be a scam.


  • Posted: 2017-11-13T12:25:56 by info

    Received via email:

    "I spoke with a James Robert. A friend of mine in her 80’s got into this. She gave them $2000. She said she got $150,000 and it was in cash.She wanted me to get into this. I knew it was a scam. I tried to tell her but she would not listen. This Robert James was very good at this. I can see how the elderly are taken in. He was very pushy. I gave him no information. He commanded me to go and pay.

    I said, "who in hell are you to command me to do anything." I finally hung up. He tried calling me back. The phone number is 337 541 5343. I will not answer. Then, my friend starts calling me and begs me to get into this. I finally had to block her phone number and email. I told her to google this and she would see it was a scam. I feel sorry for her."


  • Posted: 2017-11-13T05:35:45 by an anonymous user from or near: Muskegon, Michigan, United States

    I got this same email from someone who used a friends picture from my Facebook friends. They told me they received their money and saw my name on the list.

    The next day Sunday they contacted me again. Told me to call this number (512)553-2043 agents name is Jerry Cantey. He contacted me unmediated on my email said I had to fill out a form after he asked for my full name to show me that my name was on the list.

    The form included full name. Address phone number email address. My age what my job was how much I make a month. Being stupid I gave the info. Than I was told that fed ex or UPS would deliver the money and when did I want it delivered and where.

    I was also told that I couldn’t tell anyone until after the money was received because they didn’t want the person to be robbed.

    In the meantime I got a text message from my suppose to be friend stating that she forgot to tell me I had to pay 850.00 to get the money. I tried calling her and she didn’t answer her phone. I said thanks a lot I don’t have that kind of money just forget it.

    The agent was very pushy stating he could help me. How much could I afford. I kept saying I had no money. Finally I stopped the conversation and looked under google and found out it was a scam.

    When the guy contacted me again I was so angry I said scam. May you rot in hell. Now I’m worried that they have some of my information. What can I do to make sure they don’t do anything with it? By the way they did try to text me again about 4:15 pm it said on messenger are you still there?? Please help I’m really scarred that I messed up big time.


    • Posted: 2018-01-06T08:58:37 by an anonymous user from or near: St Louis, Missouri, United States

      This happened to me yesterday and I ain't no detective, but things were adding up for me to stop, think and me to do my own research. I haven't gave any of my personal information and I'm going through deleting persons on Facebook that could possibly be a threat, hack or scam and for me to share with me and showing that "we the people" need to protect ourselves.


    • Posted: 2017-11-13T06:30:43 by info

      There is no need to be scared. What they will do with your information is to use it to contact and attempt to scam you. Therefore, just be careful next time.


  • Posted: 2017-11-04T07:12:45 by an anonymous user from or near: Leidschendam, South Holland, Netherlands

    They are still at it. I got the following message:

    "I was just wondering if you have heard about the good news yet? Have you heard about Federal Government department of Workers and
    Retired Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB)??

    They are Helping the old, Retired and Non-Retired Workers with Cash, am so happy because I got $150,000 cash from (WCAB) I wonder if you get your money yet because I saw your name on the Federal Government list, did you get yours too?"


    • Posted: 2018-01-19T19:31:48 by an anonymous user from or near: Midland, Texas, United States

      I just got this exact massage. Even sent me a picture to show me the money my 'friend' received .


      • Posted: 2018-01-19T19:44:22 by info

        Do not be fooled, the picture is a fake.


    • Posted: 2017-12-15T17:10:33 by an anonymous user from or near: Riverdale Park, Maryland, United States

      I just received a similar message on Facebook Messenger from someone using one Fb friend's picture. I knew it was a scam and told that person I knew that they were not my Fb friend. This person provided a link to the website and asked that I follow the link. When I refused, they disabled the link. In addition I left a message on my Facebook friend's timeline for her to contact me. I noticed that my Facebook has unfollowed me and is no longer on my friends list. I think the imposter is the one who unfollowed me and not my Facebook friend. So glad I have great intuition and listened to it.


  • Posted: 2017-11-02T22:59:30 by an anonymous user from or near: St Louis, Missouri, United States

    This happened to me tonight. The scammer presented himself on Facebook Messenger with the pic of my brother. I actually called my brother during the messaging and verified it was not him.


  • Posted: 2017-10-05T00:22:39 by an anonymous user from or near: La Crescenta, California, United States

    How do I block the person on my FB account? Sorry I am so ignorant with this electronic gadgets and I do not really do FB except this friend of my message me once and I believed her. So how do I block or unfriend her.



  • Posted: 2017-10-02T10:01:34 by info

    Received via email:

    "Hello. My name is Lynda Danks. I am a member of Zoosk dating web site. Last Thursday I got a message from another member called Roy, who lives in Wembley. We started chatting and he asked me if I had Kik. I said I had, so we carried on chatting through Kik. The messages started to sound strange, and in the end Roy asked me if I would get an Apple i-tunes card for him because he "couldn't buy them where he lived."

    I became suspicious straight away, and said you live in London and can't buy one of these cards, I don't believe you! I never heard from him for a few days, but this morning he's been in touch on Kik again telling me he's just had £3000,000 given him on a government enforcement agency thing. He didn't explain anything about it, just said he'd seen my name on the list when UPS came to deliver his money, and asked if I'd had mine yet. He said to get in touch with the agent akinteye2014@yahoo.com

    His name on Kik is Roy Bollman. He's just been in touch again and said the web site is Usafderalgrant-gov.com\en

    I hope this is some help to you and to everyone else."


  • Posted: 2017-10-01T23:37:15 by an anonymous user from or near: La Crescenta, California, United States

    My friend asked me if I heard about Facebook Empowerment Compensation Bonus. I said I don't do Facebook frequently. I rarely open my Facebook account. She said OMG you haven't heard. I saw your name on the list and you better contact the officer to get your money. She gave me the name of the person to contact and I did. She showed me the list thru texting that has my name. She sent me the claim form that I have to fill up. So I did and she said my winning is $100,000.00 but I have to pay the delivery fee of $ 1000 to a certain Francis Peter with an address in NY. So the money will be delivered at 6:30 PM following day. I told them I'll be at work so can it be delivered Wednesday when I'm off.

    Wednesday, I was told beforehand the delivery guy will give me a call. But then the delivery guy says there's a problem. The IRS doesn't want to release the money/check as it is a big amount. I need to pay for the release of the money from the IRS office in Inglewood, CA.

    I was given an instruction to send money thru Bank of America, in cash. All monies sent were in cash thru the Western Union and also the bank. So 1 day passed, another problem I have to pay $4000 for overnight keeping by IRS. I already paid #4850 - for IRS release. I already told my friend that I do not have any more money but she said I'll pay back the #4000 if they do not deliver the check. So that's why I gathered the 000. Now they say there's a problem with BOA money so I need to send another $4000 to Wells Fargo account while they clear problem with BOA.

    My friend is begging me to do what they're asking for coz she really believes I can get the money. I do not have any money plus my debit card was hacked yesterday as reported to me by my bank. So where can I go to report this so that this can be stopped?
    Can you help me?


    • Posted: 2017-10-02T00:32:11 by info

      Block the person on Facebook because he/she is not your friend. Your friend's Facebook account may have been hacked or have been cloned by cybercriminals, and is being used to trick you. Remember, send money to anyone who claims that you have won some form of lottery or was awarded money. This is how scammers trick their potentials into sending them their money.


  • Posted: 2017-09-20T17:55:11 by an anonymous user from or near: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

    They are using through Instagram too.


  • Posted: 2017-09-11T18:00:01 by an anonymous user from or near: Houston, Texas, United States

    I was on FB minding my own business and all of sudden my cousin out of nowhere told me she got this free $$$ would I be interested? Beware people ... Beware.


  • Posted: 2017-09-11T17:57:05 by an anonymous user from or near: Houston, Texas, United States

    My guard was done and those jerks almost got me. I knew it sound right, but WOW they almost got me. I can't believe I almost fell for this. :(


  • Posted: 2017-07-08T15:44:06 by info

    Received via email:

    "I'm being scammed right now at this very moment what di I do. This what they've said so far.
    Chat Conversation Start

    189M people like this including Sam Chevrier and 115 friends


    I think this person is scamming people. I know her but I don't think it's her. Here are the messages she sent almost right away. Her name is Peggy Albert. "I saw your name on the winner list when I was receiving my own cash delivery". "Never heard if it". "you should contact the agent to claim yours too". Then she logged off. But I asked "Who is that? Okay very intrigued here! Please don't just leave me hanging". And that was it. I googled the Empowerment Benefits and seen that it is a scam."


  • Posted: 2017-06-17T18:21:58 by an anonymous user from or near: New York, United States

    Anyone been contacted by a friend to friend Jeffrey K. Price re" Federal Government Department of Compensation Financial Aid Program. Sound s too good to be true and when you go to "site" if you google it it says it's an FB scam. Use their link and it's kind of looks government but it's not. I've never had the government say I've won after applying, they say I qualify. Also Price contacted me ASAP I friended him and started private message. Thanks. Eileen.


  • Posted: 2017-05-24T11:25:15 by an anonymous user from or near: San Diego, California, United States

    I was messaged on Facebook by a Tracy Paden Bruce about this scam just a little while ago. I thought she was an actual older woman. She was telling me about this whole thing and when she finally gave me some contact info, I googled it and came upon this site. I told her it was a scam and she wouldn't believe me. Stating it was not a scam and received her money. Was defending the whole thing and the English she was typing started to break and wasn't very good. "She" has been unfriended and blocked and reported.


  • Posted: 2017-05-23T18:08:53 by an anonymous user from or near: Pinellas Park, Florida, United States

    Just got messaged from a Friend. Told me she just got 100,000 from the MacArthur Federal Grant program. Said a federal agent, Bobby Mclemore contacted her to give tell her she won and delivered the cash right to her door.

    Messenger chat was agonizingly slow though. Took forever to try and type a sentence. After the first minute or so, I could tuell that this was not my real friend.

    I searched and found this page, thankfully. I thought about messing with "her" but the messenger app was taking forever, so I eventually got bored and just blocked the account.


  • Posted: 2017-05-19T19:45:33 by an anonymous user from or near: Kane, Pennsylvania, United States

    Can you please tell me anything about this program, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF PEOPLE COMPENSATION APPEALS BOARD


    • Posted: 2017-05-19T20:37:37 by info

      It is a scam being used by scammers to trick you into sending them money for a bogus compensation.


  • Posted: 2017-05-18T18:29:58 by an anonymous user from or near: Olean, New York, United States

    I was contacted about this scam by an email from a friend of mine but it was not my friend. How do I report this on Facebook. The scammers name was John Thomas Russell. I blocked him but want to report this.


    • Posted: 2017-05-19T01:02:07 by info

      We have already reported it to Facebook.


  • Posted: 2017-05-11T00:27:12 by an anonymous user from or near: Carlsbad, California, United States

    I was just asked to send a text to 989-623-6131 from ted whitman a facebook friend. Then the text messenger went blank. Just letting you know.


  • Posted: 2017-05-08T16:10:16 by an anonymous user from or near: London, England, United Kingdom

    I almost got scammed until I read this page. I wish I would have checked sooner.

    I was contacted by a man named agent Gary wisdom on Tuesday and he scammed me for money. So I tried to contact the Federal home care act by computer and today another agent contacted me through Facebook message. She gave me the name of Mrs Laura Jones badge no 0376. When I explained to her I was scammed by agent Gary she told me he was under suspension.

    So I thought she might be telling me the truth that is why I decided to asked about this program again so not to be scammed again. I am glad this information was on here so I can be smarter about things like this. I already contacted our local police department and they are doing an investigation on this. If everyone out there is not sure about something make sure you do your homework first. You can't buy money. Thank you.


  • Posted: 2017-05-04T10:03:14 by info

    Here is another scam:

    -- start of scam --
    "On 04 May 2017, at 16:34, Robert Micheal wrote:

    My Name is Robert Micheal Robert. I work for Federal Government Empowerment Agency. This is an empowerment program set up by the federal government to help the American communities and other countries around the world.
    Your name was picked randomly as one of the winners of the week. The money giving by the federal government it's not a loan. It's win money giving by the Federal government to help the American communities.You are one of the lucky winners who won from the lottery. Your Name and E-mail was drawn electronically and you are being picked randomly as one of the star winners. Are you ready to proceed ??

    On Thu, May 4, 2017 at 7:23 AM, Guy Sidora wrote:

    I got your name and email from a friend on Facebook.

    I’m looking into the legitimacy of the grant program she spoke of.

    Please respond with good news and, especially, the name of the firm who is granting this extraordinary chance.

    Guy Sidora"
    -- end of scam --


  • Posted: 2017-05-02T20:12:06 by an anonymous user from or near: Taylors, South Carolina, United States

    I have just received a message from an individual on Messenger that I really do not know. I just saw the first name and immediately thought it was a friend from another town we lived in. Thinking it was June Hopkins I sent a lengthy note and immediately got a note back from June Allison - whom I do not know. Telling me how she was awarded $100,000.00 from " Federal Government Department of Workers and Retired Compensation Appeals Board WCAB and GRANT. Thinking it was my friend I contacted Mason F. Johnson by Messenger mail.
    He "checked" and assured me my name was on the winning list and said to complete the application. The application was to supply my full name, address, phone number, date of birth and monthly income. Which I supplied that information to him without checking authenticity first.
    When I stopped and thought about it. I looked for scam information and there it was. I have all our messages. Could they be used to arrest and charge this person?


    • Posted: 2017-05-02T20:37:58 by info

      No, because the scammers are operating in foreign countries where it is hard to find and apprehend them.


  • Posted: 2017-05-02T19:32:18 by an anonymous user from or near: Clayton, North Carolina, United States

    I got this today from the chat room and they were using my sister in laws name. They said it was her and I asked questions and they said two things that may me know it wasn't her on her Chat room. I asked them a personal Question of the person's chatroom they were using. And they shut down.

    The name on here was James Alexander; they used to friend him and go to hxxps://www.facebook.com/jamesgrant231. They said: "Just click on the link and add them as friend message him you are ready to claim your winning James Alexander."

    I hope someone can find this piece of crap. I got scammed last year out of 1,000 dollars. I was so mad because I'm an older person on a limited income.


  • Posted: 2017-04-23T22:46:42 by an anonymous user from or near: Sanford, Florida, United States

    Someone is claiming that if I send them 1000 dollars I will receive 100,000 dollars via ups to my door; thinks it's a scam.


    • Posted: 2017-04-23T23:10:33 by info

      It is a scam.


  • Posted: 2017-04-19T19:26:17 by an anonymous user from or near: Middletown, Delaware, United States

    I received a message from a male named Michael j bruce. Presented himself to me as a general agent for workers and retired compensation appeals board. Lives in charlotte, north Carolina.he tells me that my name was on his list and but yet I was never contacted. my friend had told me she had done it and did receive a check for 100 thousand dollars. my friend is said she received her check about 12 hours after she sent them 1200 dollars thru a MoneyGram.

    This sounds very skeptical to me but on the other hand, she told me that she did receive 100 thousand dollars. I did answer a few questions. they did not ask for a ss#. just the normal things. full name, full address, male or female, phone #, email address, and yearly income. I didn't give out ss#. I am not going to send them 1000,00 as they asked. what can I do or look for, to make sure I am safe?


    • Posted: 2017-04-19T20:45:30 by info

      You have done everything. Just ensure never to send the scammers your money.


  • Posted: 2017-04-01T12:44:02 by an anonymous user from or near: Buffalo, New York, United States

    The way I got in contact with her is someone hacked my aunt Facebook page. This Agent Sarah Khatty says she work with federal grants and its called Federal Government Money Support Program Conjunction with the grant company community financial and the she also is with Domestic Assistance (CFDA) and Facebook Co-Operation. She said I won $50,000.00 and she wanted me to paid $1500.00. And they said I would receive it in 24 hrs and then they were telling me that the ups guy would stopped by the IRS office and then asking for $3500 dollars more. and they keep telling me its real and they are 100% legit. I believed its a SCAM.


    • Posted: 2017-04-01T13:12:32 by info

      It is a scam. Never send money or personal information to anyone who claims that you have won money or the lottery. Lottery scammers make money when they trick you into sending them money, by claiming you are a winner in some so-called lottery or promotion.


  • Posted: 2017-03-25T14:07:53 by an anonymous user from or near: Elverson, Pennsylvania, United States

    A Bennie Max just contacted me which sounds very similar to this . . . I think it is a scam!


  • Posted: 2017-03-10T14:34:31 by info

    Received via email:
    "Someone pretending to be a friend on Facebook has sent me a message about winning some money from government grants through Mark Zuckerberg. I did not give them any information and blocked further messages."


  • Posted: 2017-03-07T09:08:56 by info

    Receive via email:
    "Anyone heard of a Micheal David Fedraw giving away $150,000 from the Empowerment Grant tied to Facebook. His Text No. Is 931-229-0567."


    • Posted: 2017-03-07T09:09:57 by info

      It is a scam. There is no such empowerment Grant tied to Facebook.


  • Posted: 2017-03-06T21:10:41 by an anonymous user from or near: New Castle, Indiana, United States

    I just got one. I'm in Indiana. I deleted the message. Is that all I need to do?


    • Posted: 2017-03-06T21:22:30 by info

      Yes, and do not follow the instructions in it.


  • Posted: 2017-03-04T10:14:19 by an anonymous user from or near: Tahlequah, Oklahoma, United States

    I have been a victim of this scam. They used a friend from facebook and sent me information all the time posting as my friend. They need to be taken down. The scam goes from Pennsylvania, Louisiana, California and Washington state. I know this for a fact.


    • Posted: 2017-03-16T17:14:25 by an anonymous user from or near: Deltona, Florida, United States

      Just got message from friend that I haven't seen or spoken to in years.


  • Posted: 2017-02-22T18:45:32 by an anonymous user from or near: Richmond, Virginia, United States

    I just got a FB message about the empowerment grant. What should I do?


    • Posted: 2017-03-31T19:03:34 by an anonymous user from or near: Portland, Oregon, United States

      It's a "Scam", don't believe that are else you will be taken.


    • Posted: 2017-02-22T19:07:19 by info

      Delete it and do not follow the instructions in it.


  • Posted: 2017-02-19T19:56:30 by an anonymous user from or near: Tucson, Arizona, United States

    Today I received a message from a known friend on my message service...I did not provide any information but told I would check on the offer. Google noted it was a scam. Do I need to change anything in my Facebook?


    • Posted: 2017-02-19T20:48:04 by info

      No, you do not need to change anything. Just contact your friend and let him/her know that his/her Facebook account have been compromised, and ask him/her to change his/her Facebook password.


  • Posted: 2017-02-01T04:04:57 by info

    Received via email:
    "phone number 256-625-5388, is calling saying I won $350,000.00 for Facebook empowerment program needing my SSN#"


  • Posted: 2017-02-01T03:57:26 by info

    Received via email:

    "I have been contacted by a Micheal David Fedraw regarding the so called Federal Government Empowerment Program tied to Facebook and MegaMillions. If I pay him $1000...I receive $150,000. I have requested the Official Name and information regarding the Program.....but he refuses to provide after multiple requests. He had a Facebook Page, but it was taken down. I also have his Email address and Text Number. Has anyone else had dealings with him?"


    • Posted: 2017-04-04T15:24:50 by an anonymous user from or near: Concord, California, United States

      I received that same information. I blocked them.


  • Posted: 2017-01-30T19:43:04 by info

    Received via email:
    "Anyone heard of this guy posing as a Facebook/Federal Government Program giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars for a Fee? Phone Number 931-229-0567."


  • Posted: 2017-01-07T23:25:08 by info

    Received via email:

    "I think i was scammed by a guy who has a facebook post my cousin told me about! I have sent in 600 an he wants me to send in 450 more dollars an my money will be bought to my doorstep the next day! I refuse to send the rest of the money! The name was Agent Mark Scott! Could you tell me if anybody has heard of him?

    I have all the conversation and money reciepts i have sent! Another friend of mine contacted me with the same thing an told me to get in touch with attorney Andre Smith through the IMF PROGRAM!



    • Posted: 2017-01-07T23:34:27 by info

      Yes, you were scammed. The messages were sent by scammers, not your friend, whose account is probably compromised or cloned.

      Next time, try contacting your friend via telephone or ask him/her questions only your friend would know, to ensure that you are actually communicating with him/her.


  • Posted: 2016-12-22T08:33:56 by info

    Received via email:

    "WWW.facebook.com - Federal GovermentEmpowerment 196716110790871 0r text 323-431-8437:

    Talked to someome saying there name was Bobby Klein. They hacked a friends facebook page and contacted me pretending to be her. Trying to get me to pay money delivery fees to get money."


  • Posted: 2016-12-16T10:06:41 by an anonymous user from or near: Augusta, Georgia, United States

    A friend asked me to go to a link that I won money from United Nations I said hold on and I looked under scams. It is a scam I turned them into FB as a spam .

    I will delete that friend . First of all you do not give money to anyone and you don't give money to receive money Don't be foolish and there are more scammers of military men. With either stolen identity or they have been listed as a KIA or MIA these scammers are from Nigeria or Ghana Turkey and Afganjstan .!

    Just don't send money to someone you don't know period .! They are using WhatsApp and now hangouts too . People do not be stupid be aware .!


    • Posted: 2016-12-16T11:02:16 by info

      Contact the friend and ask him/her if they actually sent the link. That person's Facebook account may have been hacked and used by cybercriminals to send the fraudulent links to all of her/his friends. If that's the case, ask your friend to change his/her password.


  • Posted: 2016-12-03T07:55:58 by info

    Here is a conversation of a scammer attempting to scam a potential victim:

    "Scam? No Mr Ralph, This will be a surprise when you receive your money tomorrow your signatures are necessary on your receipt which you will have to tender before your package is been deliver to you and we have to obtain your documents here and your tax payment must be cleared so you wont have any problem with your money concerning your Tax Fee and its every benefactor due which you have to pay.... please understand this, this is on a 0% tax level.

    Thanks you are just ask to pay for your delivery fee which which will allow a safety of your delivery “I would rather lose than win the way you guys did,” said Palmieri, choking back tears as she accused the Trump campaign of winning because of racism, a verifiably untrue fact.

    The United States government grants and Private Grant Foundations give away billions in free money every year to millions of American Citizens just like you. These are free cash grants that all United States taxpaying citizens are entitled to and should take advantage of. This free money can be used for almost anything you can imagine. In fact right now people are being approved for large sums of money to start a business, pay for their education, medical bills, and even to buy a house.

    This is an empowerment program set up by the federal government to help the communities and other countries around the world. Your name was picked randomly as one of the winners of the week. The money giving by the federal government it's not a loan; it's free money giving by the American government to help the American communities.You are one of the lucky winners who won from this empowerment program,you won $300.000.00 as the star prize of the weekGood,
    My name is Agent Robert Shaw from the department of Workers Compensation Appeal Board.

    On behalf of the federal government and WCAB i say a very big congratulation to you,we have been looking to get in touch with you. Your name is on the list of beneficiaries to receive the sum of $300,000 from the Workers Compensation Appeal Board[WCAB]. Let us know if you are ready to claim the money, so we can tell you what to do."


  • Posted: 2016-09-30T18:26:40 by an anonymous user from or near: Killeen, Texas, United States

    Please please beware.


    • Posted: 2017-06-27T16:31:08 by an anonymous user from or near: The Bronx, New York, United States

      Has anybody received a message from Alicia Mayers from the United States Department of People Compensation Appeals Board ?


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