Experts warn farmers of new targeted scam

Wisconsin farmers are receiving fake calls

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection warns Wisconsin farmers of new scam telephone calls.

According to a release, farmers are getting calls from the “Federal Crop Registry” about grants. The callers leave a message with a phone number to call and call recipients are told they have three days to respond.

DATCP officials said to not take any action after this message because the “Federal Crop Registry” doesn’t exist, the number listed is not in service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will not call to offer grant money.

The USDA does offer grants, but it is a requirement to apply for them in writing, typically online.

DATCP officials said government grant scams are common and generally follow a script. The messages congratulate on eligibility, then ask for checking account information so they can “deposit your grant directly into your account” or they will cover a one-time processing fee.

“You will never see the grant they promise. They will disappear with your money,” officials said.