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 … Continue reading 3 Facts to Help You Avoid Grant 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 … Continue reading 5 Ways to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Grant Fraud or Scams
It’s important to make a general distinction between individuals (i.e., one person) seeking government assistance and organizations (e.g., a university, state government, or nonprofit) applying for a federal grant.
If you receive a call promising free government grant funding to start a business or to help pay your bills, hang up. The call is a scam.
What do you think of when you hear “government grants”? One thing we have learned as a program is this—a person or organization’s specific desires and goals shape how they re-define “government grants” so that they should receive funding. This re-defining of grants to suit ones needs has led to many misconceptions about what federal … Continue reading Misconceptions about Government Grants | #GrantChat Highlights Part 2
What were the most read blog posts on the Grants.gov Community Blog in 2017 (that weren’t about Workspace)? Let’s jump right into the list:
Here we share a few of the most recent questions and comments posed by community members and readers.
“You are eligible for FREE grants! Just fill out this quick application: First & Last Name, Home Address, Birthdate, Social Security Number (SSN), and Bank Account & Routing Numbers to receive the grant” — that is a grant scam. You answer a phone call: “Hi, this is Greg McCaffrey from the Federal Bureau of Grant … Continue reading Is This a Grant Scam?
Look out for scam artists who call and pose as government employees – including people who claim to work for Grants.gov.
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. Here are two of the most common types of questions you have … Continue reading Answers to Your Grant Fraud Questions