The Better Business Bureau has recently been informed about consumers receiving suspicious calls from scammers saying they qualify for a government grant.
BBB officials say this is a popular scam because most people are not familiar with government grant programs and are not sure if they might qualify for one.
"Grants are not easy to come by and there is always an in-depth process that applicants must go through before they are awarded anything. So, if you didn't apply for a grant and you receive one of these calls, someone is trying to scam you," warns BBB President and CEO Jim Hegarty.
The BBB says grant scammers generally follow a script. They congratulate you on your eligibility, then ask for your checking account information so they can "deposit your grant directly into your account," or cover a one-time "processing fee." The caller may even reassure you that you can get a refund if you're not satisfied.
To avoid being a victim of a grant scam, the BBB advises:
For more information, visit bbb.org.