Verify: Can you be eligible for a grant of up to $50k just by texting a number?

No this offer is a scam.

QUESTION:

Can you be eligible for a grant of up to $50k just by texting a number?

ANSWER:

No this offer is a scam

SOURCES:

U.S. State Department, grant.gov

PROCESS:

We'd all love a little extra dough in our pockets, especially with holiday season right around the corner.

But when 7-year army vet Sharon Fitzgerald from DC got a message earlier this week from a friend promising her some quick cash - she thought it might be too good to be true.

Sharon gave our Verify team the certificate for the grant that her friend said she got it in the mail. It had a "Department of State" seal, so verify researchers contacted the official agency.

They said "nope" not from them, which makes sense because the State Department is kind of busy advising the president and handling foreign policy issues. We then decided to take this to the experts in all thing federal grants at Grants.gov

Customer support experts told us a few things stand out as bogus. The government doesn't offer a grant for personal financial assistance to pay things like your bills. They also will ever randomly contact you by mail or by phone or ask for banking info.

So Sharon you were right to be skeptical, we'd all love to be a bit richer but it won't be through this offer since it’s not real.

Researchers did text that number listed in the message, but never got a response back to cash in on all that "free money".

If you get an offer like this - report it to the FTC by calling 1877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). For other tips on how you can spot grant schemes from grants.gov click here.

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