Before noon today this company had called me 20 times. I asked to be put on their do not call and if anything I think they are calling more
Grant scam. I was called upwards of 30 times yesterday beginning at 8AM and the calling resumed today. They are on my cell phone reject list so I could no longer answer it if I wanted to (which I don't). I did speak to someone a couple of days ago when they first called, said I wasn't interested. The telemarketer then started her sales pitch, and I just hung up. No means no. I AM on the donotcall.gov list. When I called back and selected 1 to speak with an agent, I am told that "due to a high call volume" there are no CSRs to speak with and I am dumped back to the main IVR. They also have a "2" to put on the "do not call" list, but they just ignore that.
Worse, I called the Rochelle Park Police Department to make a report, and the officer stated that since I am receiving the calls in Florida, I have to make my report there. When I insisted on making my report to him, he simply hung up on me. I also have an "abuse" complaint in with their phone company.
201.918.3029NUISANCE CALLERGrant Money not needed and STOP CALLING is advised!NaN
Just like prncssgeek - I was called upwards of 30 times yesterday beginning at 8AM and the calling resumed today. They are on my cell phone reject list so I could no longer answer it if I wanted to (which I don't). I did speak to someone a couple of days ago when they first called, said I wasn't interested. The telemarketer then started her sales pitch, and I just hung up. No means no. I AM on the donotcall.gov list. When I called back and selected 1 to speak with an agent, I am told that "due to a high call volume" there are no CSRs to speak with and I am dumped back to the main IVR. They also have a "2" to put on the "do not call" list, but they just ignore that.Worse, I called the Rochelle Park Police Department to make a report, and the officer stated that since I am receiving the calls in Florida, I have to make my report there. When I insisted on making my report to him, he simply hung up on me. I also have an "abuse" complaint in with their phone company.
I HAVE LITERALLY BEEN CALLED BY THIS NUMBER 14 TIMES IN THE LAST 3 HOURS!!! ANY SANE PERSON WOULD LEAVE A MESSAGE! THIS IS BORDERLINE STALKER... NO THIS IS STALKER LEVEL AND A COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE, UNPROFESSIONAL WAY TO CONDUCT BUSINESS!!!! THESE PEOPLE ARE RUNNING MY PHONE BATTERY DOWN! I AM TEMPTED TO ANSWER ON A VERY FOUL NOTE
Calls constantly every twenty minutes for the past 4 days.
Government Grant Scam.
They call constantly throughout the day. One time I called back immediately , I got the automate message that the # has been disconnected. I waited awhile before calling again and I got the greeting, "Thank you for call the customer service department."
This is apparently some grant telemarketing company. I unsubscribed online and when I was called, I told the telemarketer that I wasn't interested and she continued to drone on, so I hung up on her. They tried to call me back several times and I put the number on my blocked cell list. So I called back and they give you the option of 1 or 2, 1 being to speak with a customer service representative (there are always a "high volume" and there are no CSRs to take the call and you are thrown back to the main menu), 2 is to be put on their "do not call list" - which is of no effect, since they will call you back anyway.
Yesterday I got a first call from this number.
numerious calls from this number in the past few days. Never leave a message
they call me more then 10 times a day. i am complaning because they annoy my rest. :@:@
If they call again, my next call will be to the police.
they will call all the way into the late night. STOP
I get there calls every day from 7am to midnight. It's ridiculous.
ITS A SCAM ! YOU have to report them YOURSELF! www.ftc.gov Government Grant ScamsThe "free money" scam has been around almost as long as the human species. It has more variations than a bulldog has wrinkles but you can count on one thing: the government (any government) does not simply give money away to individuals. Anyone who tells you differently has larceny in his heart. If you give him your bank account number, he will soon have your funds in his pocket. It does no good to list all of the names used by these bunko artists because a.) they change all the time and b.) every single free-money government-grant offer is a scam. Period.http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2009/03/grant_scam_ads.htmlhttp://www.consumeraffairs.com/scam_alerts/grant.htmlhttp://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2009/03/ftc_stimulus_scam.htmlFEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION WEBSITE http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt134.shtm‘Free Government Grants’: Don’t Take Them For Grant-ed“Because you pay your income taxes on time, you have been awarded a free $12,500 government grant! To get your grant, simply give us your checking account information, and we will direct-deposit the grant into your bank account!” Sometimes, it’s an ad that claims you will qualify to receive a “free grant” to pay for education costs, home repairs, home business expenses, or unpaid bills. Other times, it’s a phone call supposedly from a “government” agency or some other organization with an official sounding name. In either case, the claim is the same: your application for a grant is guaranteed to be accepted, and you’ll never have to pay the money back. But the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, says that “money for nothing” grant offers usually are scams, whether you see them in your local paper or a national magazine, or hear about them on the phone. Some scam artists advertise “free grants” in the classifieds, inviting readers to call a toll-free number for more information. Others are more bold: they call you out of the blue. They lie about where they’re calling from, or they claim legitimacy using an official-sounding name like the “Federal Grants Administration.” They may ask you some basic questions to determine if you “qualify” to receive a grant. FTC attorneys say calls and come-ons for free money invariably are rip offs. Grant scammers generally follow a script: they congratulate you on your eligibility, then ask for your checking account information so they can “deposit your grant directly into your account,” or cover a one-time “processing fee.” The caller may even reassure you that you can get a refund if you’re not satisfied. In fact, you’ll never see the grant they promise; they will disappear with your money.The FTC says following a few basic rules can keep consumers from losing money to these “government grant” scams: Don’t give out your bank account information to anyone you don’t know. Scammers pressure people to divulge their bank account information so that they can steal the money in the account. Always keep your bank account information confidential. Don’t share it unless you are familiar with the company and know why the information is necessary. Don’t pay any money for a “free” government grant. If you have to pay money to claim a “free” government grant, it isn’t really free. A real government agency won’t ask you to pay a processing fee for a grant that you have already been awarded — or to pay for a list of grant-making institutions. The names of agencies and foundations that award grants are available for free at any public library or on the Internet. The only official access point for all federal grant-making agencies is www.grants.gov. Look-alikes aren’t the real thing. Just because the caller says he’s from the “Federal Grants Administration” doesn’t mean that he is. There is no such government agency. Take a moment to check the blue pages in your telephone directory to bear out your hunch — or not. Phone numbers can deceive. Some con artists use Internet technology to disguise their area code in caller ID systems. Although it may look like they’re calling from Washington, DC, they could be calling from anywhere in the world. Take control of the calls you receive. If you want to reduce the number of telemarketing calls you receive, place your telephone number on the National Do Not Call Registry. To register online, visit www.donotcall.gov. To register by phone, call 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236) from the phone number you wish to register. File a complaint with the FTC. If you think you may have been a victim of a government grant scam, file a complaint with the FTC online at www.ftc.gov, or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters consumer complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database and investigative tool used by hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. September 2006 Feds: Scammers Falsely "Guaranteed" Government GrantsCourt halts operators' deceptive pitches for grant writing book and servicesBy James Limbach ConsumerAffairs.comJuly 24, 2009 Government Grants • Government Giving Away Money? Don't Count On It• Easy Money Scams On The Rise As Times Get Tough• Massachusetts Charges "Government Grant" Scammers• Government Grant Scam Steams On• Grant Scams Defraud Thousands• Grant Scam Still Active• Consumer ComplaintsA federal judge has stopped an operation from falsely claiming that it could help consumers secure a "$25,000 Grant" -- guaranteed -- from the U.S. government.The case is part of a Federal Trade Commission crackdown on scammers trying to capitalize on the economic downturn by targeting people facing financial hardship.In the complaint the FTC, jointly with the attorneys general of Kansas, Minnesota, and North Carolina, charged that Grant Writers Institute, LLC and its related entities (together, GWI) falsely told consumers that they were eligible for grants as part of the recently announced economic stimulus package .According to the complaint, the false and deceptive claims by GWI violate federal law, state consumer protection laws, and the FTC's Telemarketing Sales Rule. The complaint seeks a court order permanently stopping the defendants' illegal conduct and forcing them to return money to consumers injured by the scheme."Stamping out grant fraud and other types of schemes that take advantage of consumers in dire financial shape continues to be one of the Federal Trade Commission's highest priorities," said David Vladeck, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. "There is no such thing as a guaranteed grant. But to consumers in financial trouble, the chance for extra income -- guaranteed or otherwise -- can unfortunately be a huge draw."The FTC says since at least 2007, GWI has mass mailed postcards to consumers across the country falsely claiming that the consumers "are Guaranteed a $25,000 Grant from the U.S. Government." Consumers who call the number are pitched a $59 book titled "Professional Grant Writer 'The Definitive Guide to Grant Writing Success.'"The company's telemarketers falsely claim that the book will explain how to get government grants -- including the "guaranteed" $25,000 grant. GWI and its North Carolina-based telemarketers, also named as defendants in the complaint, then call consumers who have bought the book, trying to get them to pay hundreds of dollars or more for grant research, writing, or coaching services, falsely claiming a 70 percent success rate in securing grant funding.In reality, few, if any consumers ever receive any grant money.The Commission contends that in addition to falsely claiming consumers were "guaranteed" to receive grants, GWI used the current government stimulus package to make its pitch. For example, when consumers called the number on the mass-mailed postcard, they heard a recording that said, "If you've been reading the papers you know that recently our government released $700 billion into the private sector. What you probably don't know is that there is another $300 billion that must be given away this year to people just like you."The recording continues, "And if you're one of the lucky few who knows how to find and apply for these grants, you will receive a check for $25,000 or more, and we guarantee it . . . If you don't get a check for $25,000 or more, you pay nothing."The following were named as defendants:• Affiliate Strategies, Inc.;• Landmark Publishing Group, LLC (d/b/a G.F. Institute and Grant Funding Institute);• Grant Writers Institute, LLC;• Answer Customers, LLC;• Apex Holdings International, LLC;• Brett Blackman, individually and as an officer, manager, and/or member of Affiliate Strategies, Inc., Landmark Publishing Group, LLC, Grant Writers Institute, LLC, Answer Customers, LLC, and Apex Holdings International, LLC;• Jordan Sevy, individually and as a manager of Landmark Publishing Group, LLC;• James Rulison, individually and as president of Answer Customers, LLC, all located in Kansas.The complaint also names the following North Carolina entities as defendants:• Real Estate Buyers Financial Network LLC (d/b/a Grant Writers Research Network);• Martin Nossov, individually and as a manager and member of Real Estate Buyers Financial Network LLC; and• Alicia Nossov, individually and as a manager and member of Real Estate Buyers Financial Network LLC.Read more: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2009/07 ... l#ixzz0NENGCoRV
It's annoying, they call non-stop and they call all day. It's a government grant scam (this is what I was told from numerous of people who also got the same call).
201-918-3029 has called me 4 times in the last hour and a half.
This # keeps calling my wifes phone while she is teachin class...its really starting to get old. Called 9 times today. I told the woman to stop calling and did the automated "remove from our call list"...neither has worked so far. How can you go about reporting this?
starts at 8am florida and continues all day long.. verious time inbewteen calls
same here they would not say anything they called about 15,000 times today on my cell phone and its annoying
THIS MORNING EVERY 20/25 MIN.NO ONE ON THE OTHER END. TRIED CALLING AND USED OPTION #2 FOR DO NOT CALL LIST.DID NOT WORK.3 TIMES
keeps calling...when the machine picks up, they hang up. When you call the number back..you get a recording "Thank you for calling the customer service department. If you would like to speak with an agent press 1, to place your number on the do not call list press 2"...there was more but I didn't get it.
same here.this morning every 20/25 min. another call...did the call back twice used #2.and still get the calls....
missed the call
The people at the other end of this number will continue to call until someone picks up the phone. Then they will tell you that they will sell you information on how to get government grants. They don't listen when you tell them to remove your number. They called me 9 times today before I answered the first call was at 8:02 the last call was at 1:31pm. You do the math, thats two calls an hour!