Did someone contact you from the AG’s Office asking for money?
It probably wasn’t us. It was a scam.
Don’t send them anything. Call us instead: 801-281-1200.
Scam #1: Bogus Grant Program
Recently, scammers impersonating the attorney general have contacted victims through Facebook Messenger offering a grant worth thousands of dollars — for a small fee (see the screenshot, below). The scammer directed the victim to a bogus personal page where they went through a series of grant application questions. Once the application was “approved”, the victims sent payment and received a grant check in return. The check bounced, of course, but by then the scammer had disappeared, along with the victim’s money.
Scam #2: Arrest Warrant
Just this week, someone impersonated the Utah Solicitor General and told a victim he had a warrant for his arrest. The scammer said the victim would go to jail unless they sent personal information and a payment. The scammer then used this information to drain the rest of the victim’s accounts.
These are just two recent examples of many creative scams out there. The goal in each case is the same: to fool you into sending money. Don’t do it.
You can beat the scammers. Here’s how.
1. Don’t wire money.
True lotteries, sweepstakes, or grants awarded do not ask for money – not for shipping and handling, taxes, or customs. State officials and agencies do not typically ask people to send money for prizes, grants, unpaid loans, or to keep from being thrown in jail. When they do, they follow a very formal process that you would recognize as legit.
2. Take a moment and think before you do anything.
Check with a trusted friend, family member, or your local Better Business Bureau. If the offer references a state agency or official, contact the respective office to verify its validity before moving forward. Do not let anyone bully you. If that starts, hang up. Report scams to law enforcement.
3. Do not share your financial or personal information. Ever.
If you receive a call about a debt that you believe may be legitimate, call that company directly.
4. Don’t trust a name or number.
No matter what name they use or how official an offer may sound, scammers lie. Also, scammers can disguise their number to look more legit. Often, calling the number back results in a message of “this number is not in use”.
No matter what, don’t send money. You won’t get the grant. You will not be thrown in jail. You won’t get it back.
5. Contact us. If you receive a message, call, or email from someone claiming to be someone from our office or any other official, please contact our office to report and verify whether or not it is real. We sometimes collect money following a court decision but we rarely do it by phone. We don’t do it via social media. You can contact us at 801-281-1200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Screenshot of a bogus grant program. Report this to us. Do not send money.