Catherine Shook said someone stole her friend's Facebook identity and messaged her.
The scammer told her about a federal grant for the elderly. Shook told Action 9 she could use that money to "have done some things around the house that needed to be done," like building a wheelchair ramp.
She pursued the so-called grant. She said the scammer asked for her phone number and then texted her. Then came the money part. The scammer asked how much she wanted. She said $50,000.
Then came the con. "It was [$]50,000. You had to pay $560 when they delivered it to you."
That's right. She had to pay money to get money. Action 9 always tells you that's a red flag.
Thankfully, Shook caught it. "I told him, I said, 'This is a scam.' He said, 'You (are) insulting me.'"
- Of any federal grant you didn't apply for, even if it comes from an email or social media message you recognize.
- If you have to pay money to get money.
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