U.S. Treasury Grant Scam Over Phone Call

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RENO, Nev. -- Some people a little down on their luck lately may have received a phone call offering to help them get back on their feet. However, as the old adage says, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It's part of a scam that could get you into trouble.

A woman who claims to be Chloe Sheldon with the U.S. Department of Treasury. She has been calling Troy Seymour for four months, most recently Saturday, offering some thing he couldn't refuse.

"She call it a Life Betterment and Enrichment grant, which my life, it sucks," Seymour said. "I really thought this was my chance to start my life off better you know."

She's offering a $7,000 dollar grant to help get him back on his feet. All he had to do was send in $170, then he could cash in with an account Sheldon claims to have set up at a bank.

"I'm just a poor guy, I'm on social security, disability and I take medication my whole," said Seymour. "Life it really messes with my head really bad, because I would sit for hours daydreaming about what I'd do with this money."

The U.S. Treasury warns that it does not offer checking accounts for the public and will never honor any of these checks.

"I had the money in my hand ready to send her, she calls me from a fourth number. I said 'how is it you keep calling from a different area code?'" He said. "That set off red flags right there and I wasn't going to send my money because there was no way that was true."

You're encouraged to never give out personal information like social security or credit card numbers over the phone. If you'd like to report a scam, click on "Related Links."