GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- According to the Federal Trade Commission, every year thousands of Americans lose money to telemarketing scams, from a few dollars to their life savings. One single mom in the Grand Valley experienced this first-hand.
Sarah Dailey is a single mother putting herself through school and when she got a phone call telling her the government was awarding her grant money for being a single mom, she was cautious.
"At the beginning I was like if you need my social, I'm not gonna give it to you," said Dailey.
The man said he didn't need her social, but he would need her debit card information so the federal grant money could be deposited into her bank account.
"Some form of card that I can put the money on, so I did do that. I knew in the back of my head, this probably is a scam, but you never know so I did give it to them," said Dailey.
And to assure Dailey it was not a scam, he referred her to his website, www.usgovernmentgrants.org claiming that website would explain the federal grants.
I tried calling the number that called Dailey [202.657.4562] and they answered claiming to be The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and referred me to the government website at www.hhs.gov for more information.
They declined a phone interview with KKCO because they said they were busy and I should try back on the weekend.
Dailey did her research after she got off the phone and found out that she had been scammed and got out of it before it was too late.
"I got onto my bank, to make sure that the money was still on there and it was so that's good that I got to it in time," said Dailey.
And now Dailey wants other single moms to beware of fraudulent phone calls.
"Make sure that you're being aware of what you're doing and who's getting your information and who's not," said Dailey.
The Federal Trade Commission recommends registering your phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry.
You can also report any scams to the FTC and sign up for scam alerts.