This question is pertinent as many consumers in our area have received calls claiming that they have been awarded a government grant.
This has become a popular means of defrauding consumers as many consumers are not familiar with government grants and are not sure if they might qualify for one. Keep in mind that in order to receive a government grant you must apply and be approved.
The government webpage www.grants.gov warns in a fraud alert, “If you have been contacted by someone seeking your bank account or other personal information in order to process a government grant that you did not apply for, you can submit a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.”
Someone calling and claiming you have been awarded a government grant that you did not apply for is the same as someone claiming you won a lottery or sweepstakes that you did not enter. The caller will likely seek financial information in an effort to get money from you, not award money to you.
For information on government grants and qualifications, visit www.grants.gov. Also see the following FTC articles regarding fraudulent grant offers.
As always if you want to check on a business or report something you are concerned about as a consumer, contact us here at the BBB.