Bible study group collects donations for grandmother who fell for scam

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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 a $9,000 grant, it seemed like a dream come true.

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

But she was soon asked to wire $250 in order to receive the "grant."

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," BBB spokeswoman Kim States 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 claim they are from an office that sounds official.

The BBB Scam Tracker showed this type of scam has hit at least 16  people in the Denver area and more than 2,000 people nationwide.

A group of good Samaritans passed a hat in their Bible study group to collect donations for Sanchez. They insisted on remaining anonymous, but donated $250 to Sanchez to help her with gifts for her grandchildren.

She says there are not enough words to thank the group for their generosity.

"I'm going to give my grandchildren Christmas ... it's going to be awesome," she said.

Consumers can check out offers and report suspicious activity to the BBB.

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