New scam involves fake government grant

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/28/16

Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood is warning the public about a scam that involves a fake grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Underwood said a citizen filed a report with the sheriff’s …

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New scam involves fake government grant

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Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood is warning the public about a scam that involves a fake grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Underwood said a citizen filed a report with the sheriff’s department last week regarding a phone call he received notifying him that the HHS was awarding him $90,000.

The potential victim was also sent cell phone photos of award certificates bearing his name.

Underwood said the man was told that he would need to purchase a MoneyGram in the amount of $925 to cover the cost of shipping and paperwork.

According to the official HHS website, there are no fees asssociated with applying for a government grant and grants are awarded for projects with a public purpose, not for personal use.

Also, government officials will never contact a person to make him or her pay for an award.

The HHS Fraud Hotline is 1-800-447-8477. To report a scam involving HHS to the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, call 302-6464.