Officials warning Oklahomans to be on alert for scam targeting parents

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Next time your phone rings, be on alert.

Officials are warning Oklahomans of a scam targeting parents.

Scammers are using the State Department of Education's good name to get a hold of your hard-earned cash.

The person calls and says they are with the Oklahoma State Department of Education and are offering grants.

An Oklahoma man recently reported it to our Department of Education.

"Somebody had called him from an 800 number explaining that they were with OSDE Grants Management and they were offering a $2,000 grant, but to secure the grant they had to pay a $3.95 processing fee," said Tricia Pemberton with the State Department of Education.

The man became very suspicious when they started asking for credit card information.

"It was not us we would never call anybody.  By law we can't ask for money like that, we can't promise anything.  Every grant that we have here is very formal," Pemberton said.