The Better Business Bureau Nebraska is warning of federal grant scams on Facebook. President Jim Hegarty says one area woman fell victim and is out thousands of dollars.
Hegarty says the woman got a message from one of her Facebook friends that there were government grants available for individuals with disabilities along with contact information. The woman reached out and landed on a website that looked legitimate. She was told she was eligible for the grant but would have to pay a processing fee of $2,250. Hegarty says the woman took out a title loan and borrowed money from friends. She then received messages that they were going to need more money before the grant would be issued. She then realized she had been taken. Hegarty says there have been several victims in the area that have fallen for this scam and are out a lot of money. He says this serves as a warning never accept Facebook friendship requests from people you don’t known.
Hegarty also warns that the Grinch is ready to steal your Christmas, personal information and money. Many people are ordering gifts to be delivered. Hegarty says, “We want people to be super careful about emails that claim there is a problem with their package delivery – either one they sent or one they have accepted. They may look like they come from UPS, Fed Ex or the U.S. Postal Service. Scammers use this time of the year, every year to send these spoof emails. They look like they are from legitimate delivery services but they are designed to download malware into your system which can cause you all kinds of headaches.”