While we haven't heard of these situations arising here locally, United Way Worldwide (UWW) has received regular reports of individuals being approached by scammers claiming to be associated with United Way since 2019.
The scammers claim to be "United Way Agents," or the friend of a friend with a report of grants from United Way. In order to receive the grant, the victim is asked to provide something (either personal information, gift cards or cash for processing fees).
UWW has published this blog to raise awareness about this issue and please help us ensure that no one is taken advantage of by these people.
If you ever do run into someone promising to offer you a "cash grant" from United Way, please dial 828 255-0696 or send us an email -- either way, let us know so that we can alert the authorities.