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Beware Of Latest Grant Scam Circulating

This scam is quickly making its way around the country from Mississippi and Alabama to Arizona and now Colorado.

The email, text message or knock at the door basically carries the same message: that you qualify for a grant of up to $1,000 from President Obama.

Investigative reporter Betty Sexton talked to one person who paid someone $100 for the information. What she was given was a bank routing number and instructions on how to pay her bills.

We've heard from others who believe they're using grant money to make payments on their cable, satellite television, and utility bill as well as student loan and car payment.

Betty Sexton did some digging and learned those running the scam are giving out a legitimate bank routing number, but the rest of it's bogus including using the serial number on the back of your Social Security card as your checking account number.

A spokeswoman with GE Capital says crooks are fraudulently using her company's name and those who fall for this scam will soon find out none of their bills has been paid.

Most importantly, they may be giving personal information to crooks who can steal their identities. Don't be tempted by this offer no matter what you're promised.

Don't forget, if you're impacted by the Waldo Canyon wildfire and are looking for answers, dial our Call for Action line at 457-8211.

Tuesday volunteers heard from 40 people who had landlord/tenant questions, insurance problems, and needed help finding temporary housing.

The hotline is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 2 pm.


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