Guam – The Consumer Protection Unit of the Attorney General’s Office has recently received inquiries from Guam residents about phone calls they received from an individual claiming to be calling from a federal agency which is informing the residents that they have been awarded thousands of dollars under President Obama’s stimulus package in the form of a “grant”.
In order to claim this grant, the resident is provided a contact number to call, at which time they are given an approval number and instructed to send anywhere between $100.00 to $250.00 via Western Union in order to claim the grant money.
The Attorney General cautions all Guam consumers and residents not to send any money or give out any personal information to persons they do not know. Any personal information requested, which may seem harmless to provide, opens the door to identity theft that could involve criminal or financial crimes.
Consumers who were contacted by the aforementioned phony federal agency caller or bogus office are asked to report the calls to Bernie Alvarez, Consumer Advocate at 475-3324 ext. 171 or email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember…..“if it is too good to be true, it probably is a scam”.