CONCORD, N.C. — A Concord woman wants to warn others about a scam that offers thousands in government grant money but isn’t real.
Valarie Steele contacted Action 9′s Jason Stoogenke after someone texted her saying that the federal government was going to give her a grant for $13,900 to use on anything she wanted.
She says the scammer wanted her personal information, including her photo, as well as a delivery fee of $200. “There’s no fee for a grant if somebody’s giving you money, so that made me suspicious and it made me contact you,” she told Stoogenke.
The con artist also asked her to pay the delivery fee using bitcoin or a gift card, which the government would not do and was a red flag for Steele.
“And I am on a fixed income so I most definitely couldn’t let myself fall for it,” she said.
Another red flag for Steele was that the message was from someone…