3 Facts to Help You Avoid Grant Scams

When you receive an unprompted call or email that promises money in exchange for a fee or your personal information, do not give the scammer your money or information.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently published a helpful resource, and we wanted to share three facts that will help you avoid becoming a grant scam victim:

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Gift Cards for Grants? No, Thank You.

Know this: the Federal Government will never call you and promise you a grant in exchange for any form of payment, whether it’s a gift card, a small monthly payment, or a one-time fee.

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Look out for scam artists who call and pose as government employees – including people who claim to work for Grants.gov.

Some may even use a fake Facebook page in an attempt to convince you that they are legitimate. They are not legitimate; don’t give them your money.

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5 Ways to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Grant Fraud or Scams

While you search for grants or other financial assistance from the government, there are scam artists using sophisticated tricks to steal your money and personal information over the phone, through email, or physical mail. We have recently seen an increase in calls to our help desk from victims of fraud and scams. Here are five tips on how to protect yourself and your finances from scam artists.

1. Do not trust your caller ID, even if it says “Grants.gov.”

Scammers can use caller ID spoofing technology to make it appear that Grants.gov, or anyone else, is calling you. We will never call you and tell you to pay us in order to receive a grant nor will we ask you for your password even if you made the call.

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Answers to Your Grant Fraud Questions

Unfortunately, there are people out there who try to take advantage of those who are looking for government grants or benefits. At Grants.gov, we often receive questions about suspected grant fraud in blog comments, on Twitter @grantsdotgov, and at the Grants.gov support center.

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Here are two of the most common types of questions you have asked:

“I received a call from your General Manager for Grants saying that I’m eligible for a grant, but I need to pay before it’s transferred. Is this real or a scam?”

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