---Just another scam---Here is the story---
I was originally called by a "William Paulson" from the phone number, 202-666-2441
who said he worked for the "government grants office." He wanted to give me $8,400 to use for "good purposes," which he defined as "school, bills, etc." because I hadn't "been arrested in the last 12 months" and the government picked me "randomly" for this reward. He wanted to get my personal financial information so he could do a "bank account to bank account" transfer or a "card to card" transfer. I asked for a paper check, but he said it could not be done because in the past they got lots of calls from people who hadn't received their checks in the mail yet. After asking to speak to "William's" supervisor, I was transferred to "Frank Atkins." I asked for a call-back number "in case we get disconnected" and "Frank" gave me the call back number, 202-470-3381. Frank also asked for my personal financial information so I asked to speak with his supervisor. I didn't get the name of the 3rd man, but he wanted my personal financial information as well. I asked him how he knew the man who transferred me to him (I started making up names so I called the 2nd man "George Thompkins"). The 3rd man said he worked with the fake guy "George" for along time. Then I made up another name (John) and said that "John" was the first guy I talked to. The 3rd man said he knew these two fake people, which makes me wonder if these names are real names or if they were just made up for the phone calls. Everybody I spoke to had thick accents, yet they said they were in Washington D.C. and that they worked for "the government." The 2nd man I talked to, "Frank Atkins" gave me the address "200 Independent Ave. Southwest, DC 20201." The call-back number and the address both seem legit, but the place feels like a scam center with a bunch of scam artists who want to take my bank account information. They even said they would "stay on the phone" with me for the entire "forty-five minutes to an hour" that it takes for the transfer to be complete. After I hung up, I called back and reached the same man who used the same name again, Frank Atkins. Other interesting or odd facts: The call came in at 4:08 p.m., which is 6:08 p.m. in Washington, D.C. This seems later than a government office would be open. Also, government offices don't usually call themselves "government grants office." They usually call themselves, "United States Department of Education."