The Better Business Bureau of North Central Texas wants to warn Texomans about a new scam pretending to award people with government grants in hopes of getting money in return.
Mary Wiest, a Wichita Falls resident, received a similar call Wednesday.
"The phone rang and it was a 202 area code, said Wiest.
Wiest told Newschannel 6 she did not hesitate to answer the call, because she recognized the Washington, D.C. area code, having made a few calls to her local congressman's office.
However, when she answered this time, she heard "You have been chosen to receive a $9,000 grant based on your good credit standing and how well you pay your bills," said Wiest.
While on the phone, Wiest said she quickly revealed there were some red flags when the person over the telephone asked her for money.
Monica Horton, President of the Better Business Bureau of North Central Texas said this is called the Grant Scam.
"You are never going to be randomly selected to receive a grant. Grants are free money, but there is a very lengthy process in order to receive a grant," said Horton.
Horton said con-artist use the grant as an attempt to steal money from you. The criminals attempt to retrieve it in three ways: Bank account information, wire transfers and prepaid debit card
Some other red flags the Better Business Bureau warns of include:
You are randomly selected via email, by mail or over the telephone.
It's a "government grant" – nothing more specific than that.
It's because you paid your taxes, shopped at Walmart, or need money to fix up your house or go on vacation.
There is an upfront fee to apply or claim awarded funds.
, Newschannel 6