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Grant Scheme Using BBB’s Name

Grant Scheme Using BBB’s Name - The Beacon


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By: Amanda

Grant Scheme Using BBB’s Name

Yesterday, your BBB® received a call from a consumer who said that they had just received a call from someone claiming to be with BBB about a grant she had “won.” She was advised by this individual that the call would be recorded “for her protection.” In order to receive the money, she was told that all she had to do was send $3 to an individual.

We wanted to remind everyone that BBB does not give away grants or lottery funds, nor do we endorse or recommend any grants or lottery. BBB’s name is often used in schemes like this along with government agencies like the Federal Trade Commission or Attorney General’s office to give an appearance of credibility to the mailing.

We’d also like to remind everyone that individuals do not “win” grants. Grants are awarded, and typically must be applied for. Furthermore, the US government does not require payment of any kind to receive a federal grant. So, if you’ve never applied for a grant and are being asked to pay some kind of fee to claim it, it is most likely a scheme attempting to steal your money and personal information.

If you’d like to apply for a grant from the US government for school or business reasons, you can search for grant opportunities through If you think you’ve been the victim of a grant scheme, you may wish to file a complaint with the FTC.

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Amanda is the Director of Investigations & Information Services and is a regular contributor to the consumer education blog. She is one of our go-to colleagues for answering complex consumer inquires. Amanda also manages our charity reporting program.