Some scam artists are using phony grant offers to get money or personal information from consumers. The Better Business Bureau of Louisville, southern Indiana and Western Kentucky says they’ve received several complaints about fake offers for free federal grants. Some consumers have been offered “free” grants for education purposes, but were later asked to wire a $7,000 fee.
The Better Business Bureau says an organization identifying itself as the "Soldier Relief Fund" has been contacting some local businesses, asking for donations to sponsor a soldier for a one hundred dollar phone card. The consumer protection group says the founder of the fund was charged with fraud last year in connection with a charity scam in Indiana.