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.
Business and government leaders say some utility customers in Kentucky have been contacted regarding a phony scheme designed to steal the Social Security numbers of those who participate. Attorney General Jack Conway says victims are told that a new federal bail-out program will pay their utility bills for them, but no such program exists. Conway says the people behind the fraudulent activity are giving out false bank routing numbers in an attempt to get personal information from their victims.