I got a call from a person called Mr. Amit Oberoi from National Financial Services. He said the reason he was calling was that I had qualified for a grant sum of $5000 by the Government of Canada. I was a bit suspicious in the beginning itself, but somehow he persuaded me that its a safe and secure service.
He said that I would have to give him my credit card information and my drivers lisence no. for verification purposes. And after that information was provided he would send us all the legal documents explaining the grant amount and the procedures & policies. He also stated that a charge of $250 will be deducted from my account for the services provided. So I did provide him with my information, but it just didn't seem realistic. I asked him for his contact no. and his address. But when I tried searching it online while I was talking to him, I couldn't find anything. Then I asked for a website address, and they provided me with one which was www.nationalgrants.us I visited the website but it was for US residents and I was a Canadian resident.
It got me very suspicious and when he transfered the phone to his "Supervisor" he asked me to verify the information. The funny thing was that they spoke my mother tongue, which was one reason it was unrealistic since they were from the Canadian Government. It just din't seem right. I had given my dad's information address since he was the one who had qualified for the grant. My dad speaks poor English so I was the one who was dealing with him over the phone. I had given all the information to the Mr. Amit already and this person was supposed to verify it with me. He said he needed to talk to the card holder which was supposed to be my dad, and my dad spoke with him in our native language. Then he goes to me that this conversation is being recorded and that we need someone who speaks English so that when the Government is checking the records, they know its the actual candidate.
He then said that since my dad was unable to verify the information they now needed MY information, my credit card no. and my banking information. I tried calling the phone no. they provided me from another phone and it just wouldn't go through.
I now knew it was a scam for sure, and I demanded a proper phone no. from them and that if they were unable to provide so, I was unble to co-operate with them any further and I hung up.
I called up my dad's credit card company right away and blocked the card and told them the entire story. So hopefully nothing would be charged to the credit card.
I just want to tell everyone that don't get fooled for a sum of $5000 or what so ever and loose everything that you have. Money made by hardwork is much better than the money you receive as a grant or anything. BE ALERT!