BBB | Akron has evaluated the incoming scams from November 2017 and determined a trend of scams reported in the surrounding Akron area. Three reported scams shared similar attacks involving false promises of being awarded a government grant. These types of scams commonly involve an individual calling to claim that you qualify for a certain sum of money despite never actually have applied for one. The commonality of the three reported scams the previous month included calls claiming the victim had been selected to receive over $9,000 from the government. In one particular report, the grant was presented as a reward for not filing bankruptcy in the past six months and that all bills had been paid on time. Other instances of reason could include to help pay off student or credit card debt, or due to the fact that income taxes were paid on time. While the amount sounds tempting, especially when the caller guarantees the money can be spent in any way and will not need to be paid back, the grant is a farce. In these reported occurrences, they claim you will only receive the money if you register a gift card, often from a local convenience store such as Walmart or CVS. When the gift card is registered the caller will claim that the grant will be issued once they receive the card digits. However, once you hand over the gift card code, the money will be lost and no grant will be awarded. The Federal Government will never request a form of payment in advance in exchange for a grant. BBB encourages consumers to remember that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Federal grants are issued after a process of application and evaluation and will not be awarded over the phone. While none of November’s reported grant scams resulted in money loss in our area, it does not imply that these scammers have not succeeded in victimizing other callers. To report a similar government grant phone call scam, visit BBB’s ScamTracker.