Government grant scam hits Denver residents

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DENVER -- Just in time for the holidays, scam artists are out to get your money.

Grandmother Roberta Sanchez is struggling financially, so when she picked up her phone and got an offer to receive $9,000, it seemed like a dream come true.

"I just kept saying please don't ask me for money, let this be real," she said.

Sanchez was soon asked to wire $250 to receive her “grant” money.

The Better Business Bureau of Denver said Sanchez was likely talking to scammers posing as federal government officials.

"The government doesn't issue personal grants to anyone it's just not done," Kim State said.

States adds that scammers will say you’ve won the grant based on your good credit and/or lack of employment.  Many times, they will say they are from an official sounding office.

The FOX31 Problem Solvers checked the BBB scam tracker and found this type of scam has hit at least 16  people in the Denver area  and more than 2,000 nationwide.

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