BBB: Cleveland woman loses hundreds in gov't grant scam

BBB: Cleveland woman loses hundreds in gov't grant scam

(WOIO) - A Cleveland woman told Better Business Bureau she lost several hundred dollars to a government grant scam this week.

The call came from 202-241-4094, and the caller claimed to be with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The victim was told she was eligible for a $10,000 government grant given to "families in need." All she needed to do was pay $730 using Green Dot MoneyPak cards to cover "Western Union fees and processing fees."

After getting the cards and providing the serial numbers, she was transferred to someone else who claimed to be with the IRS and asked for an additional $370 for "state taxes." When she refused to pay, she was told her $10,000 was "frozen."

Other consumers have reported receiving similar calls. Earlier this month, another Cleveland woman told BBB she was chosen to get a $7,800 government grant for "paying her bills on time, not having a criminal record, and no history of filing for bankruptcy." She was told to pay $200 using a Green Dot MoneyPak card to get her grant and to call 202-657-5204 after she bought the card. She was suspicious and did not pay the fee.

The government does not award grants in this manner. Government grants have specific requirements. If you are interested in applying for a grant, go to or call them at 800-518-4726. They are the one-stop shop for all federal grant opportunities.

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