BBB Warns of New Government Grant Scam

scam alert BBB Warns of New Government Grant Scam
Government grant scams have been an ongoing issue for a while. It seems that a new one pops up every day. In the case of the Cleveland BBB, they have issued a warning about a new grant scam–and apparently people are losing lots of money from it. In fact, the Cleveland BBB reported a woman last week lost several hundred dollars.

The woman who was swindled said she received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She was then told she was eligible for $10,000 in grant money given to families in need. The scammer on the other end of the line told her that all she needed to do in order to get this grant is pay $730 using Green Dot MoneyPak cards to cover processing fees.

After getting the cards and paying the $730, she was then told she needed to pay an additional $370 to cover state taxes! (Crazy, right?!)

After refusing to pay, she was told the $10,000 grant money would be frozen.

The BBB reports that even more people are falling for this scam. The government NEVER calls and awards grants in this manner, ever.

Here’s a tip: If the offer sounds to good to be true, it usually is. If you want to research real grants, then the best official place to do so is www.grants.gov. Bottom line? Avoid offers and purchases that require you to send the person money upfront. It’s just not worth it. And 99.9% of the time a scam.

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7 High Paying Jobs Single Moms Can Do Without a Degree

Being a single mom is tough. You deserve a lot of credit for what you do. In fact, the reason you weren’t able to finish school or pursue a high degree is because you are trying to make ends meet for your family. Check out these 7 high paying jobs that single moms can do without a degree:

  1. Sales
    Being a sales person can really be the perfect job for a single mom that’s good at it. Why is this? Well, so many sales jobs are commission based. So that means if you are good at making sales, you can really make a good living. Consider being a saleswoman in the electronic, automobile, or makeup world. If it’s not for you, then you can say you at least tried.

  2. Social Media Marketer
    Becoming a social media marketer is smart on so many levels. It’s well paying and it does not take a degree. There are a lot of free courses, blog posts, and resources you can use to learn even more about the social media world.

  3. Web Developer
    Don’t forget that the world is becoming more and more tech. As a single mom, if you want to follow the money, then you should check into becoming a web developer. Web developers are the heart of the Internet and there seems to always be a place for someone who can build a website or do a mean website code.

  4. Receptionist
    Many people think of becoming a receptionist and think that it’s not high paying. This is so wrong. You have to look into the right receptionist jobs. If you can’t find a great receptionist job, then consider becoming a virtual assistant. You can become an assistant to people and businesses all over the world. It’s a win-win on all levels.

  5. Postal Worker
    There is a lot of talk about the postal worker scene. However, the postal service is one of the longest standing entities in the United States. Although the hours are long as a postal worker, the money is good. It is also a job you can do without a college degree.

  6. Daycare Manager
    If you want to stay at home with your kids and make a good living, then consider starting your own daycare. If you go through the correct certifications, you could attract the right families and make a good living. You can also seek a position as a daycare manager. There is good money to be made as you work your way up to the top of some of these daycares.

  7. Animal Control Worker
    If you’re a single mom that loves animals, perhaps becoming an animal control worker is a career to get involved in. You would be investigating the mistreatment of animals. Does that sound like something you would love? Pay ranges depending on where you live, but most animal control careers start out at around 34,000.

Finding a job that pays high dollar without a degree can be a challenge, especially when you want to be there for your children. A great suggestion for getting a high paying job without a degree is to start your own business. With a great business plan and determination, you can have control over your career and still live a flexible life.

Do you have a high paying job without a degree? Please share!

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The Top 6 Online Colleges for Stay at Home Moms

As a stay at home mom, life can get pretty dull sometimes. You take care of the kids, house, and everything else, but sometimes you just need to exercise your mind. I know that I feel my best when I feel like I’m challenging myself. That’s why when I decided to go back to school; I looked for the best online colleges for stay at home moms. After all, if you’re going to spend your money, you need to do it in the best way possible.

  1. University of Phoenix
    Okay, let’s be honest, you have heard of the University of Phoenix before, but why? For one, it’s actually an accredited school. So many schools claim to be accredited, but are not. You do not want to go through a bunch of online classes for no reason. That’s why the University of Phoenix was one of my top choices for online colleges, when I decided to go back to school.

  2. Capella University
    If you pay attention to online colleges, then you might have heard of Capella University. The great thing about this online college for stay at home moms is that it offers different levels of education. You can go for your BA or MA. Of course, my favorite was that it offered a degree in Education because that’s what I’m most interested in. My BA is already in Education, so I was looking into getting my MA.

  3. Kaplan University
    I know that Kaplan is one of the most popular universities among stay at homes for many reasons. One of my favorite reasons was how far they go in trying to help you get financial aid. It’s very clear on their website that they offer financial aid. What SAHM doesn’t need help getting money to go to school?

  4. Keller University
    If I could redo college and go back for a BA it would be for management or business. The reason I loved coming across Keller University was because it was available online and it has many options for the stay at home mom. I know when I was looking for a college it needed to be flexible because my life isn’t always manageable with a 4 and 2 year old, plus a newborn! Also for the SAHM that needed to get a higher learning degree, Keller is a perfect fit.

  5. Westwood College
    I have to admit that when I was first searching for online colleges, I had never heard of Westwood College before. Since I had not heard of it before, I was even more curious about it. I wanted to make sure this was a real college and not just one that pretended to be one. So I did some research and they offer a legitimate way to earn an online degree and have several programs for the stay at home mom who wants to go back to school.

  6. Champlain College
    The name of this online school is very catchy, which is why I first paid so much attention to it. But then I started digging around and noticed that this school had a lot more to offer than I originally thought. They have several educational programs that make sense to the stay at home mom. For example: software development is often something a SAHM can do right from her home. If you want to go back to school and do it online, then Champlain College is one to check out!


  7. There are so many online colleges that are perfect for SAHM moms that it was really hard to narrow it down. However, I think I’ve given you a great list of the top 6 colleges for stay at home moms. I encourage you to go through the list and see which college would match you the best! Good luck.

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