If an individual contacts you about an opportunity to obtain free money in the form of a grant from the federal government, be extremely wary. You are likely being targeted as part of a scam.
This scheme involves contact by phone, email, social media (such as Facebook) or letter from someone pretending to be from a government agency. Although the precise message may vary, the caller or writer provides his or her name and a fake employee ID, and then typically tells you that you will receive "government grant money."
These scammers will make a variety of claims about your eligibility for a government grant in an attempt to appear legitimate before asking for personal or financial information, such as a Social Security number or bank account number. They may also ask you to send a check or wire transfer to cover a "processing fee."
If you receive such a call, hang up immediately. If you receive such a contact via social media, email or letter in the mail, do not respond.
Call 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477; TTY 1-800-377-4950).