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Asked by Anonymous

does the us. gov. call you to give grant money but, you must first pay a 250.00 bank transfer fee?

No, this is a scam. You should contact your state or local consumer protection agency. This agency may take action or refer you to another state organization that has the authority where you live. A local law enforcement officer could also provide advice and assistance.

To avoid being a victim of these types of scams, don’t give out personal information and don’t be intimidated. Be suspicious of anyone you don’t know who asks for your Social Security number, credit card and bank account details, date of birth, etc. Also, be suspicious of calls or e-mails that want you to provide or verify personal information immediately. Tell them you’re not interested and hang up or don’t reply to the e-mail.

Learn more about how to identify consumer scams and fraud.