FBI issues alert on federal grant scam

by Associated Press

Published: February 17,2012

Tags: federal government, grants, homes, houses, identity theft, law enforcement, residences, residents, scam, scheme, telemarketing, theft, thieves

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The FBI has warned Mississippi residents of a telephone scam that claims the person is eligible for a $5,000 to $10,000 grant from the Grants Department of the federal government.

It supposedly can be used for home or residential purposes.

The FBI says in a statement that a claim code containing two letters and three numbers is provided, along with a telephone number beginning with “202,” which is a Washington, D.C. area code.

The FBI says the scammer asks the person to provide credit card or banking information in order to pay a processing fee for the grant.

The FBI says they also give the person the option of sending funds through Western Union.

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