Thousands of students around the Ohio Valley are gearing up to head back to the classroom.
Unfortunately for parents, a new scam is beginning to circulate.
Ohio's Attorney General Mike DeWine has some strict advice for those not wanting to fall victim.
"It's a busy time of year for many families, and it's important not to let your guard down," Attorney General DeWine said. "A good rule of thumb is that if you have to pay money to receive a grant, a scholarship, or a job, it's probably a scam, and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."
According to DeWine's office, a typical grant scam begins with a phone call, seemingly from a 202 (Washington DC) area code.
The caller says the consumer has won a government grant, but in order to receive the grant, the consumer must send $200 to $600, typically via wire transfer, money order, or prepaid card, to India or another country.
Consumers who send money often are contacted again and asked to send more money.
In reality, there is no grant and consumers who send payment likely will lose any money they send.
Stay tuned to WTRF.com for further updates on scams you should avoid.