Small Business Grant Scam Floating Around Facebook
By on October 18th, 2011

Beware of a new scam making its way around Facebook masquerading as a service that helps people find FREE government grants. In the picture below, you will see what appeared on my Facebook feed. It plays on several themes. One, is people’s dismay with the government as it states, “finally the Gov is helping their people!” Second, the poor economy is a great motivator for people to fall for these kind of schemes.

Facebook Scam

Right away you should notice that there are some things wrong with this picture. What legitimate business says “Gov” instead of government? The other thing to note is the web address it points to, “just9u.com”. That is a very random domain name. Usually that is a sure sign that this is not a legitimate offer.

If you are one of the unlucky ones who click this link, you will be taken to a website outside of Facebook. In the picture below, you can see a copy of what this website looks like. As you can see, it appears to be a news report. It attempts to build credibility by adding logos of several recognizable news agencies. Beware of these type of schemes. Take a look at the two areas highlighted in red below. First, notice the name of the website. It says “dailynetnewstoday.com”. Strange, didn’t the link above say “just9u.com”? Also whenever you mouse over any link the bottom of the webpage shows the link “dailynetnews.com/agrant/grants.php”. It seems odd that putting your mouse over CNN’s logo would show that link don’t you think? Go with your gut on this. IT IS A SCAM!

Grant Site

If you click anywhere on the page picture above, you will be taken to another website where you can fill out a form. The website is “grantassist.com”. For a fee, they claim they can help you get all the government grants that you are entitled to. In reality, they are out to take you money and charge your credit card fraudulently. I did a little homework on these guys. They are a company based in Nevada.  I found they had an “F” rating on the Better Business Bureau’s website. These people had 131 complaints against them.

F Rated on BBBThese type of businesses skirt the law and fly under the radar to do their dirty schemes. You have to be careful and look for the signs of scams. Do they use well known logos that don’t link to the actual logo’s site, such as CNN? Do the URL’s have strange names that don’t make much sense? Does the site ask you for money or prevent you from clicking the close button? These are all signs of scams. Don’t fall for this stuff and don’t help it spread. If you see this type of post on Facebook, please warn your friends not to click it. I hope this article will help prevent some future mistakes.

 

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Author: Darrin Jenkins Google Profile for Darrin Jenkins
Darrin is an IT manager for a large electrical contractor in Louisville KY. He is married and has 3 kids. He loves helping people with their technology needs. He runs a blog called Say Geek!

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