Matthew Lesko Scam
That's right, I always thought of free government money as the Matthew Lesko Scam. He was one of the first guys with the outrageous and over the top infomercials on late night TV. We all remember those stupid clothes and obnoxious statements from Lesko. In fact, I remember him long before Billy Mays.
However, the idea that Lesko was pitching free money from the government was compelling and it sounded awesome. I remember him saying you could get free government money for just about any crazy thing you could imagine. And it's true, there is a lot of money out there in the form of grants but Matthew Lesko had a system to find it.
Like probably a zillion others I bought his stupid book. It was huge and filled with lists of grants about college, starting a strange business and some of the most obscure and ridiculous ideas you've ever heard of. But, the fact that the government is known to pay like $57 for a stapler made this load of junk seem very believable. And the fact is that it was all true! (Read More on Matthew Lesko)