ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The National Institute of Health is warning there’s a new phone scam afoot, with the caller claiming to be from the U.S. Department of Health with good news for you.
In St. Louis, Frank Absher got a call saying he was about to be awarded a federal grant of about $3,000.
“It had to do with the fact that I’d qualified because of my economic situation, because my credit record is good and all this sort of stuff, which of course is a bunch of hooey,” he says.
Absher says the caller, who had a foreign-sounding accent, offered to send the money directly to his bank account or to his home.
At that point, Absher got off the phone.
He says he also asked for the name of the government program, and the caller would not provide a specific name.
“The government doesn’t go around giving out $3,000 for no reason,” Absher says.
The National Institute of Health says it’s a scam.
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