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:
(1) “No government grant-making agency will make phone calls or send emails or letters to solicit money or personal banking information from a potential grant recipient.”
(2) “There are no processing fees for federal grants.”
(3) “Federal grants are not issued for personal use, but are intended for institutions and non-profits to carry out projects with a public purpose”
Source: eRA Information: Dealing with Fraudulent Phone Solicitations
What Should You Do?
(1) Share this post with any family, friends, or clients you think may be susceptible to such scams.
(2) Learn more about grant fraud and scams to better protect yourselves and others:
5 thoughts on “3 Facts to Help You Avoid Grant Scams”
A man named mr. Gonzalez has called me from area code 646-450-1772 and is giving me a code to take to Walmart to receive a card in which I pay $189 then take car to bank to receive Grant.
That is a scam. Do not give the caller any money, gift cards, or information. As the post says, “No government grant-making agency will make phone calls or send emails or letters to solicit money or personal banking information from a potential grant recipient.”
Good morning, is there any clearance fee depending on the amount of money you apply for in this federal grants? Because now I’m about to apply and send the clearance fee they requested amount of grant. Please advise.
No, there are no fees to apply for a federal grant. That is a scam.
Thanks for the info.
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