HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs urges consumers to be on the lookout for scammers trying to take their money.
These scammers call consumers, claiming they will receive a government grant ranging from $9,000 to $50,000 in exchange for bank account information or a wire transfer, according to the SCDCA. The fraudsters claim this information will enable consumers to direct deposit the grant money into bank accounts.
The SCDCA called on all consumers to be on the defense from these scammers and to follow tips before sending out money or releasing bank information to anyone.
Many of these fraudsters are using fake government agency names, so it is important to look past official-sounding titles and do background research. Verifying information is one preventative measure- obtain a business phone number and call that number to ensure it is a real agency.
Never pay for something that is supposed to be free, says the SCDCA. Actual government agencies do not ask consumers to pay a fee for a grant they are receiving.
If you are looking for a grant you can visit www.grants.gov or your local library to search and apply for one, says the SCDCA. There are companies out there that may offer to prepare grant applications for you for a fee. Be wary of these offers and remember that you can apply for grants for free.
Questions regarding this issue can be directed to the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs at www.consumer.sc.gov or call toll-free, 1.800.922.1594.