MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Better Business Bureau is warning renters to be on the lookout for false promises as the eviction moratorium nears its end.
The Biden Administration extended the eviction moratorium through October 3, and the BBB says scammers are taking advantage of the confusion and stress surrounding the decision.
Renters should watch out for bogus calls, emails, texts, and social media messages offering to help them apply for “special funds.”
BBB Scam Tracker has seen numerous reports of phony “pandemic eviction” grants, government programs, and loans that allegedly provide funding to people facing eviction due to the pandemic, the BBB said.
A Memphis woman received a text message that appeared to come from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that said she might qualify for assistance that would pay her rent for three years. She clicked on a link, completed an application, and received a call a few minutes later saying she…