Government grant scam: The Real Deal

Published 02/19 2014 04:07PM

Updated 02/19 2014 04:13PM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – NewsChannel 9 viewers have been calling with complaints about a recent scam in which the would-be swindlers use a ruse about government grants to steal from their victims.

The Better Business Bureau says that the caller says the victim has won a government grant.

To get the money, they’re trying a new tactic – asking you to get pre-paid debit cards and give them the account number.

The government only gives grants to those who apply for them. And none are given out for shopping at certain retail stores or paying your bills and taxes on time.

If you’d like to know The Real Deal about something, call the Your Stories team at (315) 446-9900 or email

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