Scammers posing as government loan distributors to obtain bank accounts -

Scammers posing as government loan distributors to obtain bank accounts

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – As many families struggle with money, a loan offer from the government may seem pretty enticing. But News 4 has exposed a scam to help prevent consumers from ending up worse than where they started.

House Springs resident Sara Hernandez says lately she’s been receiving phone calls from an unfamiliar number in Washington DC.

“He had this thick accent. I don’t know if it was Hispanic, or Indian, whatever,” said Hernandez. “He was like, ‘hello can I speak with Sara?’” said Hernandez.

On Wednesday, Hernandez decided to finally listen to what else the man on the other line had to say.

“He said, ‘you’ve qualified for a government loan of $8,500. I’m kinda like OK. (He) says, ‘I’ve got your name, address, phone number, all I need from you now is your bank account so I can transfer the money to your account,’” recalled Hernandez.

When Hernandez asked who the man calling was, he hung up.

“I called the number back and it said the number you just called is no longer in service,” said Hernandez.

News 4 decided to call the number and got the same response.  News 4 also found dozens of complaints from folks around the country getting the same calls from the same number.

“We hear it all the time,” said Chris Thetford with the Better Business Bureau.

Thetford says tracing the origin of the calls can be impossible.

“It could be someone from the United States, it could be someone from a foreign country ,” said Thetford.

Hernandez hopes her story helps prevent other victims.

“By me doing this I’m hoping they’re able to have the smarts to know not to fall for this scam,” said Hernandez.

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