BEWARE OF PHONY GOVERNMENT GRANTS
A new wave of fraudulent telephone calls is currently sweeping across Pennsylvania.
Callers, who claim to be associated with the United States Government, tell you that you have been awarded a substantial government grant. After confirming your name and mailing address, the caller requests the name of your bank, the routing number of your bank, and your personal account number in order to withdraw a "processing fee."
Of course, there is no government grant. The person or company that called you will most likely drain your bank account of all your hard-earned money and take off....never to be heard from again.
Here are some easy ways to spot this scam and others like it:
This type of fraud is becoming a major problem across the Commonwealth and the nation. The best way to fight this alarming trend is to report any such calls to authorities immediately.
If you have been a victim of a similar scam, have any questions, or wish to file a complaint, please contact the Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555.