June 13, 2012 – Akron, OH – BBB serving Ashland, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit & Wayne Counties has recently received inquiries from consumers who are suspicious of calls they have received about qualifying for a government grant. This has become a popular means of defrauding people, as many are not familiar with government grants and are not sure if they might qualify for one. Although very few grants are available to individuals, (none of them are available for personal financial assistance) and legit grant opportunities can be found on www.grants.gov.
“Grants are not easy to come by and there is always an in-depth process that applicants must go through before they are awarded anything. So, if you didn’t apply for a grant and you receive one of these calls, someone is likely trying to scam you,” warns Christy Page, CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Ashland, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit & Wayne Counties.
Recent calls to the BBB were from consumers who said they were contacted by a so-called government agent named ‘Kevin,’ from the number (234) 678-7548. He informed consumers that they were recipients of government grants and they had to call Patrick Parker at (202) 657-4837 for more details about the grant. The number he is calling from is registered to an Akron residence, and is not related to a government office. Consumers are asked to pay anything from $99 to $315 via Western Union, in order to receive the grant.
Scammers like ‘Kevin’ are not affiliated with the government or any reputable organizations.
They target consumers in an unscrupulous manner in an effort to get money or financial information.
The Better Business Bureau offers the following advice:
Visit www.akron.bbb.org or call (330) 253-4590 for additional information on consumer tips and alerts.