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Grant Assistance Center 300 Brickstone Square Andover, MA

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Grant Assistance Center
300 Brickstone Square
Andover, MA 80101
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Fraud Examiner
Expert:  Zoey_JD replied 1 year ago.
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This is going to be a scam.
The Massachusetts Secretary of State has no listing for any company doing business in the state which is named the Grant Assistance Center.
http://corp.sec.state.ma.us/corpweb/CorpSearch/CorpSearch.aspx
Companies are required to be registered for state tax purposes.
The Better Business Bureau has no listing either for any such company as the Grant Assistance Center.
A Google search doesn't even turn up any such company as Grant Assistance Center in Andover, MA.
Grant scams are very popular. Typically, you get an unsolicited message telling you that grant monies are available to you. They will charge you an up-front fee, which is one way you know that they are not legitimate.
Government grants are free, and they are not given out to private individuals but to companies and organizations to fund projects that are deemed worthy. One must apply for them, and the application is elaborate. They are not just handed out at random to internet users.
You can see the warning about such scams from the Federal Trade Commission.
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0113-government-grant-scams
And on Grants.gov, which is where one applies to get a real government grant, the warning says:
"No government grant-making agency will make phone calls; send email or letters to solicit money or personal banking information from a potential grant recipient.
There are no processing fees for federal grants. Federal grants are not issued for personal use, but are intended for institutions and non-profits to carry out projects with a public purpose."
Another type of grant scam involves companies which make you think they will secure you a grant of some kind, but in fact they are charging you just to apply for grants which you may or may not ever get.
Whichever service the Grant Assistance Center offers you, there is simply no evidence that it is a real company, and sending the money will be like throwing your funds away.
300 Brickstone Squre is a legitimate office building in Massachussets, but the absence of a suite number and the fact that one can rent virtual rather than actual "space" there to receive mail for an "office" that doesn't really exist is in keeping with the dubious background of this company.
http://www.regus.com/locations/virtual-office/massachusetts-andover-brickstone-square
Send no money. Cease contact with them. If you gave them any sensitive personal information, take all precautions against identity theft and report them to the FBI at IC3.gov and to the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov.