Phone scammers back at it again
The Better Business Bureau is warning residents of Eastern Kentucky it has received reports of a local scam promising a â€œfree grantâ€ from the U.S. government, but which in reality only leaves victimsâ€™ pocketbooks a little lighter. The scam artists are calling Kentuckians, claiming to represent the federal government and telling potential victims they have been â€œselectedâ€ for the grant. However, BBB says there is no such program. Caller ID on some consumersâ€™ phones are showing â€œprivateâ€ for the calls, while others show phone numbers with 202 area codes, which is the area code for Washington D.C. The BBB believes that is in an effort to convince the victims that the call is legitimately from the government. Consumers describe the callers as having thick, foreign accents and stating they are calling from the U.S. Treasury or other federal government department.