2 viewers receive letters about education grants and unexpected money
Information on two scamsPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's time to reach into our Contact 13 mailbag.
One viewer Albert wrote:
"I got a call from someone saying I was approved for an education grant. To get the money, I was told I needed to wire them a fee of $281."
Albert says that he knew it was a scam and hung up.
Albert was right.
First of all, grants involved an application process. So, if you have not applied for one, you are not going to receive one.
And, grants are free. You shouldn't have to pay any fees or taxes for grant money.
Also, never wire money to someone you don't know. It can be difficult to track who gets that money and you can pretty much consider it gone for good once it is sent.
Another viewer Sam got a letter from the representative of a Japanese bank.
It says: "You've been made the beneficiary of more than $14 million" The letter goes on to mention a fee in order to make the cash available.
But, it doesn't go into detail and asks Sam to contact them.
Sam also knew that the letter was a scam and it is one that we have seen a lot.
The first clue is that the letter tells Sam not to mention the news to anyone.
The Better Business Bureau says scammers try to entice you by leading you to believe you are going to be rich.
Once they have gained your trust, they get you to wire them money as part of a transaction fee and then you never hear from them.
Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.