Local Woman Victim of Grant Scam

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A warning from the attorney general's office.

People across Ohio are reporting losing a whole lot of money to grant scams.

This year, the Ohio Attorney General's Office has received more than 100 reports of suspected grant scams adding up to tens of thousands of dollars lost.

Typically, victims receive a call saying they won a federal grant between $7,000 and $10,000 but in order to receive that money they must first wire a couple hundred bucks to cover taxes and insurance.

A similar case is being investigated in Washington County.

The sheriff's office says a 65-year-old Vincent woman was contacted through Facebook, connecting her with who she believes to be an attorney out of Colorado.

The woman is still waiting for a $300,000 grant promised to her after wiring more than $3,000 to Indiana, Michigan and Nigeria.

She called the sheriff's office when the attorney asked her for an additional $3,700.

"If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Don't send money to different places without some assurance that you're going to receive something in return. I mean solid assurance," says Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

Sheriff Mincks says the attorney identified as "Larry Herrera" is not listed in Colorado.

That's the state listed as his address on Facebook.

Investigators are trying to trace the $3,200 that was wired.

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