The Marion County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a possible scam targeting those in their early 20s that are applying for education grants.
The Sheriff's Office says the scammers claim to be federal loan representatives from the U.S. Government. A young woman reported being approached by the scammers, asking her to go to a local business and purchase a $250 green DOT card, and to call back with the card number. She was told that $9,000 would be deposited into her bank account, and that the $250 would be refunded to her.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office confirmed with the Department of Education that this was a scam and that the contact numbers issued were false. Over the past few months, they did, however, get the woman's banking information and debit card number.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office advises to call your local authorities as they seem to be targeting people in their late teens or early twenties applying for federal grants for education.
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