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Scam Alert: Scammers claim government grant to steal money

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KINSTON, N.C. - A government grant phone scam is hitting right here in eastern North Carolina.

A 9 On Your Side viewer, Roxana Price, contacted us after receiving one of these phone calls. Price says she received a phone call from an unavailable number. On the other end a caller, claiming she had won a grant from the government.

"They said they were from the federal government and that they had selected me out of 1500 people, that I had won a grant for $10, 200,” said Price.

Price says while she was skeptical at first, the call appeared to legitimate as the call continued. Price says the caller gave her the name of an account manager, a Washington D.C. contact number, and a confirmation number. Price says when she spoke to the account manager, he said she had send $180 dollar via Western Union and prepaid debit card, that’s when she realized it was scam. Price says luckily she realized it before she got scammed out of $180 dollars.

“It's not cool, because some people, like the elderly people or someone that is really in need of cash would go for it. They'd send their money and they wouldn't get anything in return; so, they are just losing money in the long run," said Price.

For more information about this government grant scam click here.

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