You get a phone call from someone telling you the good news that there’s free grant money with your name on it! It’s probably a scam.
Better Business Bureau is warning consumers in the Big Country area of a scam in which someone calls and claims the federal government has free grant money for you.
BBB advises consumers to know the red flags of a scam offering “free” or “personal” grants.
Most grant-makers, like foundations and the federal government, require an application process to receive funds, and there are typically guidelines to ensure funds are used for the betterment of the community.
Grants are not given because you are in need, the BBB states, and grants are generally given to fund a specific program or community initiative.
If residents are in need of assistance, they can apply to a nonprofit organization that has received a grant earmarked for distribution to the people it serves.
Better Business Bureau offers the following advice: