Waterbury mother claims she was conned out of hundreds of dollars

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– A Waterbury mother says she was tricked into giving hundreds of dollars over the phone by people claiming to be from the U.S. Government Grant Department.

Alicia Gaskins is a hardworking mother of two who knows the value of a dollar, which is why when she got a phone call in late October from a man telling her he was from the US Government Grant Department offering her a $10,000 check it seemed to good to be true.

“They told me its a personal loyalty grant that I got from being a taxpayer,” said Gaskins.

The only problem with what she was being told however it appears it was all lie. The money never came.

Alicia tells News 8 when she was first contacted she was instructed to purchase and then put funds on a green dot card.

“I went to 7-11 and I got the green dot card like they asked me to,” said Gaskins. “I read off the numbers on the back of the card so they got the money.”

In all, Alicia gave the people on the phone $510.

We tried to see if we could get touch with the people Alicia had given her money to but no one ever picked up the phone when we called.

Alicia says she has learned her lesson and plans to work with law enforcement to try and track down those responsible for taking her money so she can move on with her life. But at least so far that has proved easier said than done as she is still getting phone calls telling her the money is almost in her grasp, that is, if she can cough up just a little more cash.

If you think you have been contacted by people who have made a similar pitch there are those at the federal government who may be able to help; http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support/general-support/grant-fraud.html

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