1 - NO government agency uses a free @gmail account. All federal government emails end in .GOV - never .com, .org, .info, .us or anything else
2 - It's against the law for anyone to ask you to pay upfront before you receive money
3 - There is NO such thing as a Federal Government Humanity and Poverty Eradication. It does not exist
Report this to your local FBI Field Office as it's a federal offense to impersonate a government official
You might be eligible for a reward if they catch these criminals
Your friend's check might look like it clears but it WILL bounce in 4-5 weeks and she's going to owe her bank $15,350 and be arrested for bank fraud once it does
ANYTHING that sounds too good to be true should be avoided like the plague. Stay clear or you will wonder why you lost $300.