Individuals are receiving phone calls from scammers stating that they have won a cash grant from the United States government for being a “good citizen”.

Scam: Government Grant Scams

Who Is It Targeting: Everyone

What Is It: Individuals are receiving phone calls from scammers stating that they have won a cash grant from the United States government for being a “good citizen”. The scammers state that the target has won the grant through a lottery and in order to receive the grant, the target will need to provide all of their personal information including social security number and bank account information. In addition, the target will need to send a money order for $2500 to pay the taxes on the grant. Of course once the $2500 money order has been sent, the victim will never hear from the scammer again. The scammer also now has the victim’s personal information with which they can still the victim’s identity.

What Are They After: Personal Information and Direct Payment

How Can You Avoid It: If you receive a phone call from someone stating that you have won a grant for being a good citizen or any other grant that you didn’t apply for, simply hang up the phone. If you do as the scammer asks and send the money, you will probably not be able to get it back. However, you should contact the Identity Theft Resource Center to see how you can further protect yourself, especially if you have given the scammer your personal information.  

 

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