The eviction moratorium has been extended through Oct. 3, but that doesn’t mean scammers have postponed their tricks. Con artists often take advantage of the confusion and stress surrounding significant events. With more than 450,000 Texans behind on their rent, the moratorium’s end is a perfect hook.   

How the scam works

As the eviction moratorium winds down, watch out for scammers offering loans, peddling credit repair services or promoting government programs. These cons are a way to trick desperate people out of money they don’t have.  

For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, BBB Scam Tracker has seen numerous reports of phony “pandemic relief” grants or government programs that allegedly provide funding to people impacted by the pandemic. Once you “qualify for the grant,” the…

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