BBB warns of “free government grant scam”

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Better Business Bureau says a Lincoln County woman was the target of a “free government grants” phone scam.

According to the BBB, the victim says she answered a phone call Wednesday night, telling her she’d been selected to receive a free government grant of several thousand dollars.

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She was instructed to visit a Wal Mart to make arrangements to pay the “processing fee,” either through a Western Union transfer or iTunes gift cards.

She purchased the gift cards and gave the numbers off the back of them to the scammer.

On Thursday, the woman says the scammer called asking for another $200 to “process” the grant.

That’s when she got suspicious and called BBB.

BBB warns the public that there is no government agency calling residents offering any grants.

This scam also targets people through other venues such as Facebook.

The other red flag of a scam is the fact that the caller requested payment via unrecoverable methods.

The BBB urges people to be very cautious with unsolicited phone calls from entities pretending to be government agencies.

Consumers may report scams to BBB Scam Tracker at www.bbb.org/scamtracker.