Police frequently warn Facebook users about the Federal Government Empowerment Money Grant Program scam that circulates in inbox messages. It is important you can spot the scam and know what to do when you encounter it.

Who are the Targets?

Facebook users

What is the Scam?

Scammers pose as an individual’s friend on Facebook and send them messages about a “Federal Government Empowerment Money Program.” However, it is a Federal Government Empowerment Money Grant Program scam. Scammers say they have received a large amount of money from the program after sending in a small “transaction” fee. The scammer also sends a form requesting personal and financial information. Individuals are more likely to fall for the scam because it comes from a Facebook friend.

What They Want

Personal information, account information, payment

How to Avoid Being Scammed

If you receive a message about this program, do not respond because it is a Federal Government Empowerment Money Grant Program scam. Instead, immediately report the message to Facebook through the platform’s “report” link at the top of the message and then block the person. Never click on suspicious links.

If you think you are a victim of identity theft, or want to learn more about this scam, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance. You can speak with an expert advisor by phone (888.400.5530) or live-chat on the company website. Just visit www.idtheftcenter.org to get started.

This post was originally published on 9/9/16 and was updated on 7/14/21