Grant scams are amidst the Northland

By KBJR News 1

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Grant scams are amidst the Northland

April 9, 2014 Updated Apr 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Better Business Bureaus (BBB) of Minnesota and North Dakota are warning people to be wary about some grant scams being distributed by phone, mail and/or email.

The BBB says they recently received a report from a consumer who stated they were contacted by The Washington D.C. Grant Department and told they are approved for a $7,000 grant. The scammers claims to be from the Federal Grants Administration or other official–sounding agencies.

"This is a scam that regrettably never goes out of vogue," President and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota said. "And the people who carry it out are good at what they do; they know what to say and how to say it, which is why everyone needs to be careful."

The people being scammed have been told they are either eligible for a government grant or have been awarded one. Then the scammer tells them they need to pay processing fees, and provide banking and/or credit card information. However, the BBB assures there are no processing fees for federal grants.

Ramona Marozas