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Government grant money bull

February
25

It seems like every time I log into my facebook account, I see some advertisements claiming that I can apply for a government grant and receive ridiculous sums of money that “I never have to pay back”.

In fact, all I had to do was search “stimulus” in the Facebook search tool and these two ads came up.



Now I am all about using the Internet to make a quick buck, so I figured this might be worth some investigation. I clicked one of the links on my profile (not the advertisements pictured above) and I came across this website:

http://www.kevin-gets-grants.com/?t202id=51954&t202kw=300x250_1

Meet Kevin Hoeffer. He claims the following on his “blog”.

My name is Kevin Hoeffer, and I started this blog because I want everyone to know how I went from being broke to completely paying off my debt in 30 days by spending a few minutes filling out a form online that qualified me for a Free $12,000 Financial Aid Check from the US Government.

Interesting concept. Kevin’s story may not be unlike your own; underpaid, overworked, deep in credit card debt and habitually broke.

It turns out that Kevin’s friend would give him some valuable advice on how to get money from the government that he would never have to pay back. Kevin followed his buddy’s advice and received a check for twelve thousand dollars in less then thirty days.

Sounds easy enough right?

The blog even has a bunch of user comments all claiming large monetary gains in short periods of times.

The user karmasnow claims: I did use the tip. I got my grant check in less than 2 weeks. It wasn’t exactly 30 days!

Ravenfly really hit it big: Thanks I just got a check for $80,000 to pay off my mortgage. Thanks. It works.

Make note of this one:

Aojon: I want to add my testimonial on this blog. Here you go Kevin. “I was wary about working from home, because I’d heard horror stories about the Internet. But I’d heard that there were rounds of layoffs coming at my company, so I figured I should do something to try and have a backup should the worst happen. I was amazed when I got your kit. It started working right away. By the time the layoffs happened, I was already making more money from Google than I was in my job. Now I apply to grants full time and have a great income.

As luck, or my obsession, would have it, I was also perusing one of my favorite mixed martial arts news sites. I was reading through a column when I come across an advertisement for another grant website. The guy in the advertisement looked exactly like Kevin. I clicked the ad, and was led to this website:

http://www.jeffsgrantstory.com/

Once I found this link I came to one of two conclusions.

1) Kevin Hoeffer is a scam artist.
2) Kevin Hoeffer’s wife is an adulterer who likes to cheat on her husband with men that look exactly like Kevin . (See blog links for images)

You have to dismiss the latter.

Jeff’s blog carries virtually the same theme as Kevin’s blog; it even contains all of the same photos of Kevin, his wife and kid, all while using a completely different name.

The real kick is that the comments on Kevin’s blog are nearly identical to Jeff’s blog.

I did use the tip. I got my grant check in less than 2 weeks. It wasn’t exactly 30 days!
-karmasnow


Thanks I just got a check for $80,000 to pay off my mortgage. Thanks. It works.
-Ravensfly

At least he was clever enough to change the user name on this comment:

I want to add my testimonial on this blog. Here you go Jeff. “I was wary about working from home, because I’d heard horror stories about the Internet. But I’d heard that there were rounds of layoffs coming at my company, so I figured I should do something to try and have a backup should the worst happen. I was amazed when I got your kit. It started working right away. By the time the layoffs happened, I was already making more money from Google than I was in my job. Now I apply to grants full time and have a great income.
-Misty339

This same comment was posted by user Aojon on Kevin’s grant blog.

In your face Kevin, or Jeff, or whoever, you have been exposed.

A simple google search for “Kevin’s grant blog” will provide you with a third link:

http://www.jeffsgrantblog.com/

Three blogs, same guy, same picture, similar story, different names and all swindle.

Kevin Hoeffer
http://www.kevin-gets-grants.com/?t202id=51954&t202kw=300x250_1

Jeff Donahue
http://www.jeffsgrantstory.com/

Jeff Hoeffer
http://www.jeffsgrantblog.com

I like how he mixes the naming convention up.

Long story short, don’t fall for these dumb scams. We are an era of 20-something adults who want results yesterday, not today, and these schemes might be enticing to some of us. We could all use an extra buck, but protect the cash you do have by not falling for these cons.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 8:25 pm by lvollmer. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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