After seeing yet another variation of the “Government Grants” scam being advertised on Fox News today, I thought I’d point out a couple of obvious items as a sort of supplement to my original post on the matter.
That post maintains the “big list” – which combines the “Make Money on Google” and “Government Grants” scams together. They are maintained together because there is so much overlap in the advertising of these sites. And it’s growing daily. That list primarily focuses on the fake blog versions of the government grant scams being advertised. But there such scams exist in many varieties.
Anyway, I noticed government-grants-2009.com advertising today, and it’s a great example of a shoddy and pathetically fake “grants” website.
This site was created on January 15, 2009 and I saw an ad for it only 3 weeks later on Feb 5, 2009. Yet we are led to believe that it has in that three week time period become a “#1 rated site” by CNN, Yahoo, and many others.
On this site is a list of grant categories – all which lead to a page on their server trying to get your contact info. There are images of Obama, fake testimonials, and many other links – all trying to get you to hand over your info. Don’t be fooled.
The BBB issued a warning a couple years ago about this scam, but with the government bailout in the news, the scam has ramped up again. It is being advertised all over the net, and unfortunately sites like Facebook are not acting to stop the flood of ads.
A couple of additional notes:
Don’t give any “grants” site your credit card or bank information.
Any government grants site that has a picture of Obama, offers free shipping, or has no external links (it doesn’t link to any websites but itself) should be avoided.
I personally recommend avoiding any site advertising government grants. If you’re interested in finding real government grants, there actually is such a site – and you can access it for FREE – at grants.gov.