Phone Scam Targets Residents Impacted By Landslides

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Like others who live here in the Skyway area of Colorado Springs, the Meiris family is slowly losing the back of their home to a landslide.

Gail Meiris knows financial grants eventually will be available to homeowners who need them.

But she was surprised by a phone call she received, claiming she could get "government-secured grant loan" money right away.

Gail told us, "Those of us who are involved in this landslide, it’s bad enough we have to leave our homes. I don’t want any more things for my mom to deal with.”

Thankfully Gail didn't give the crook any personal information. She notified the city and now it's issued this warning.

The city tells 11 News if you've applied for a grant and someone calls you that you haven't already been working with, be suspicious.
Contact the city to see if they have someone new trying to reach you.

If you think you’ve been victimized by a landslide scammer, call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000. If you've receive a suspicious phone call, you can report it to the Federal Trade Commission at the link below.