Scam Alert: Watch Out for False Promises As Eviction Moratoriums End

Scammers are ready to take advantage of the confusion and stress renters may be experiencing.

Posted: Sep 7, 2021 9:11 AM
Updated: Sep 7, 2021 10:40 AM

The eviction moratorium was struck down by the Supreme Court, but some state and local governments are still issuing their own eviction policies.

Scammers are ready to take advantage of the confusion and stress renters may be experiencing.

With millions in the United States behind on their rent, the moratorium's end is a perfect hook.

How does this scam work?

The victim receives a call from a loan provider, saying their loan application had finally been accepted. There was just one catch: before the company could release the money, the borrower had to increase their credit score.

How can consumers be sure this is a scam and not a real offer?

Double-check any government program before you sign up.

If an organization is offering you a grant or relief funds, get to know them before you agree to anything.

Take a close look at their website and read reviews.

If you think you might be dealing with an imposter, find the official contact information and call the company to make sure the offer is legitmate.

How can consumers protect themselves from this scam?

  • Be wary of out-of-the-blue calls, emails, or text message claiming to be from the government.
  • Think something seems suspicious? Reach out to the agency directly.
  • Do not pay any money for "free" government grants or programs
  • Advance fees are a concern
  • Avoid guarantees and unusual payment methods

Where can consumers report these scams?

To report a scam, visit bbb.org/ScamTracker or ftc.gov

For more information, visit bbb.org/Evansville or call the office at (812)-473-0202

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