WebXtra: Free conference might end up costing you

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - To those looking to make a quick buck, don't believe everything you hear. A free conference advertising training on how to get government grants may end up costing you.

The National Grants Conference is holding two seminars tomorrow at Quality Inn in Tyler. We spoke with Ann Harris with the Tyler Better Business Bureau who showed us the company's "F" rating.

"We started getting calls about the ad because it really does make people think they're gonna go to a free conference and they're going to be told how to apply for a grant, get a grant, and they can use this money," says Harris. "The hype for the free conference is you can get rich quick that's not gonna happen it's just not gonna happen."

The B.B.B. says the conference tries to sell the grant information for around $1,000 to visitors.  Software for grant writing is also sold ranging anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000.

The National Grants Conference has received 167 complaints over three years.

©2009 KLTV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.