Federal Grant Scam Circulating

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How does $25,000 in Federal grants, no strings attached sound? Don't believe it. Crooks are behind the claim, and they're fishing around southern Colorado for people to scam.

One woman who spotted the bogus offer contacted 11 News.

This particular scam seems to play on recent news of massive government stimulus programs. The pitch comes by mail right to the front door.

"Urgent matter regarding upcoming release of government funds," said one Colorado Springs woman, who asked 11 News to protect her identity.

She ended up on the GF Institute's mailing list. Those behind the so-called GF Institute want people to believe they have the key to fast cash.

"You know, people like me might fall for this. That's what I was worried about," the woman said.

To add some pressure, an 800 number to the GF Institute must be called within three days, or the offer to find out how to get thousands in Federal grants would be gone forever.

"You have to spend $59 to get this book. $10 to get it shipped to you. You're looking at throwing away $69," said KKTV 11 News Call For Action expert, Betty Sexton.

These types of scams make the rounds every year hoping the government angle will hook more customers.

"In the 9 years I've been doing this, people who've responded to ‘government grants’ have been so disappointed," Sexton said.

The GF Institute mailer offers no return address, only indicates it is based in Kansas City. Experts said that is another red flag that the company is as bogus as the claim that are coming in the mail.

"I'm going to throw it away," said the woman. "Right in the trash."

You can find out how to apply for real Federal grants by clicking on the link below.


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