Government Grant Scam Hits Kentucky

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Before you pick up your phone, you'll want to pay close attention to the phone number because several people in Central and Eastern Kentucky are getting calls from scammers hoping to dupe them out of money.

According to workers at the Better Business Bureau, they have been busy fielding calls from people about companies who are telling them they have been approved for Government grants.

One of the Companies, Grant Fund Search, is telling people they can assist them in applying for grants. They ask you to send about $2.00 for shipping and handling, but they also want your credit card number for other fees.

"If someone's offering you money, but you have to give them money to get it, already you should put the brakes on," Heather Clary with the Better Business Bureau said.

The company is not an accredited business nor does it have a license according to the Las Vegas Better Business Bureau where the company claims it's located. They were given an F rating by the BBB.

"If someone's telling you, you must pay to get a government grant, they're obviously trying to scam you," Heather Clary said.

Numerous people have called the 27 NEWSFIRST newsroom about the company.

One woman says she was scammed out of hundreds of dollars.

Clary with the BBB says the Government would never call you about a grant and people should follow the cardinal rule.

"If it sounds to good to be true, then it probably is."

If you believe you've been contacted by this company or similar ones you should file a complaint with the BBB by calling (800) 866-6668 or the Kentucky Attorney Generals Office at (502) 696-5300.

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