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Teenagers are targeted in possible new phone scam

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Jessicah Weaver talks to possible scammers on the phone Jessicah Weaver talks to possible scammers on the phone
COLORADO SPRINGS -  Your teenager may be the target of a new phone scam.

Jessicah Weaver, 18, received a call Wednesday morning saying she had been selected for a $7000 grant from the Government Grants Department. Luckily her mother taught her to be wary of things that sound too good to be true.

Because she is heading to college in the fall, Weaver says the money would have been a big help. "I could go to school, buy all my books," she says. "I do need a new car."

The callers wanted her to pay first, with either a debit card or a Green Dot card from Walmart. She says, "He wanted my card number. I didn't want to give him that kind of stuff, and he told me if I did go down there I would have to stay on the phone with him until I got down there. I would have to pay him $180 and then I would get my $7000."

Plus the callers had heavy accents, despite one man claiming to be Sam Adams.

Weaver hopes others can learn from her experience. "Teenagers aren't as experienced," she says, "so they think little things like this actually happen and they'll fall for it."

Better Business Bureau representatives say this is the first time they have heard of this type of call, but admit it sounds fishy. Parents are encouraged to talk to their kids about giving out personal information.

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