SEATTLE, WA - ELECTRIC LIGHTWAVE, LLC DBA INTEG...
I have not been victimized, but they tried - here's what occurred:
This is a classic Green Dot MoneyPak scam.
First a man named John called and gave me a "Federal Grant #" and instructed me to call 206-973-7948, give my grant number (AQ106) and I would then receive a $7,000 grant from the Federal Government which would never have to be paid back.
Over the years - I've found when it sounds too good to be true - WATCH OUT!
I called the number and Robert said to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card from CVS, Rite-Aid, WalGreen, etc. for $4.95 - but I then needed to upgrade the card by putting $250.00 into the card - which he told me would remain my money and that once I called him back, I'd have $7,250.00 on the Green Dot MoneyPak card ($7,000 + the $250 they wanted me to deposit into the Green Dot MoneyPak account).
I immediately googled this "technique" and found it to be a new(er) scam - once you purchase the card and put your $250.00 into it, they ask for the card number and then have full access to your $250.00.
You'll have the $250.00 taken and, of course, will never see the $7,000.00 "Federal Grant".
A word for anyone receiving a phone call like this - HANG UP IMMEDIATELY!!!!
Caller type: Other
Caller: John Robert
Company: Federal Government
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