Victim Location 95608
Total money lost $2,500
Type of a scam Charity
Sept. 13, scammer text message to me using and claiming to be friend of ours. Informed me that we qualify to receive $250000 if I pay $2500 for IRS procedure process. Scammer says they represent Gradient Gives Back Foundation. My husband was out of town and I was not feeling well at that time. After communiication through text messaging the scammer whose name given to me was “Drea Williams” [email protected] I said ok believing to be true. Then went to post office to mail $2500 in cash and securely placed in envelope and mailed to a person named Chidinma Akinyele of 4517 Glen Arm Drive Apt 275 Indianapolis, IN 46254. I was transferred to speak with this person and he explained to me I would be getting a letter via FED EX with a copy of IRS letter explaining the discussion. The money sent to this person said no need for signature mail. My husband came home and told me I was scammed. This foreign name person has tried to contact me several times and I have refused to answer back and have deleted the number and added block call to my cell phone. We know we are out of $2500. My husband called the Minnesota home office of Gradient Gives Back Foundation 4105 Lexington Ave N Suite 100 Arden Hills, MN 55126 Phone 8553710328. The representative said it was a scam and cannot help. We should contact FBI. We did receive an “IRS letter” via text messaging. After printing it, it shows several misspellings so it is scammed. The text messaging from the nigerian?/foreign person has Reference number, Batch number, Winning number and Serial number. We will provide when request.
Fri Sept 20 we went to file a complaint to the Sacramento sub-station sheriff office for intake. A letter from them will be forthcoming to us soon upon their review of the complaint.