WebXtra: East Texans bank accounts wiped out

By Courtney Lane - bio | email

WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) - We have a "7 On Your Side" warning for you about a Government Grant Scam the Better Business Bureau says is extremely popular right now.

In fact, we met with Christal Anderson of Whitehouse, who was targeted. She got a postcard in the mail, saying she was approved for $25,000 in grant money from the U.S. Government. She said they even called and knew her social security number and that she was expecting a check from the IRS. She doesn't know how they got her personal information.

Anderson became wary though when they wanted her bank account number over the phone, but unfortunately one of her closest friends fell for it. Her entire account was wiped out.

"It has hurt a lot of families," said Anderson. "For somebody to go on and give them your information they clean out people's bank account. I mean, they don't care who they're hurting. All they want is money and I think that these people should be caught and they should pay for what they're doing."

We're off to meet now with the BBB and we'll show you how exactly this scam works and what you need to watch out for. Don't miss this complete report, new tonight on KLTV at 10.

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