Victim Location 44107
Type of a scam Government Grant
On 4/13/2020 evening I received a message on her phone from my friend Pete on messenger that showed his face. He asked how I was doing so I replied. The conversation was normal for a while until he said ‘Did you hear the news? I saw your name on the LF list." I did not know what he was referring to and he explained that it is to help workers and people with disabilities to help them financially and maintain their standard of living. All this time I believe I am talking to my friend Pete. He told me to click on the link for the free money. I asked if it was a scam and he replied no, it’s real. In the conversation he asked for my name and address. He said he got the free money. He made out a check for $2000 and 6 hours later a UPS driver dropped off a check for $100,000. There were different levels you could pay and different amounts you would receive. He wanted me to send a picture but I declined. He asked for my Facebook address, monthly income, and gender. He kept asking, ‘Don’t you trust me?’ I came to the conclusion that this was not Pete, so I asked him what surgery did I have in the past year, which I knew Pete would know, but this person did not. The conversation ended there and I have not heard from him. I don’t remember exactly when, but at some point while I was still talking with Pete, I went to the website and asked a question and became involved in conversation with agent Patrick Smith who gave me details about the program, while Pete was encouraging me to go forward and telling me it was not a scam. After a bit, I told the agent to stop begging and then I wasn’t interested. At 4 am the next morning I received another message from Pete that I ignored.