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SCAM WARNING: Beware of “Free Money from the Government”
The federal government grant scam has been around for years.
But now, scammers are finding targets through social media.
How It Works:
- You see posts from people on Facebook claiming they have been awarded tens of thousands of dollars in a grant from the federal government, and that you could be eligible, too.
- You call the listed phone number, give some personal information, and are told you qualify—all you have to do is send a money order or provide your bank account information to cover processing fees.
- You never get the grant.
What You Should Know:
- Government grant applications and information about them are free.
- The “Federal Grants Administration” – the agency the scammers say they work for – does not exist.
- If you didn’t apply for a federal government grant, there is no way you would receive one. If you’re offered a grant you know nothing about, it’s probably a scam.• If you didn’t apply for a federal government grant, there is no way you would receive one. If you’re offered a grant you know nothing about, it’s probably a scam.
What You Should Do:
- • Never pay money for a “free” government grant.
- • If you think you may be a victim of a government grant scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov/complaint or 1-877-382-4357.
When it comes to fraud, vigilance is our number one weapon. You have the power to protect yourself and your loved ones from