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Beware of fraud! There are people who prey on other people's hopes by promising access to "free money" for just a small processing fee. Applying for a grant is completely free. Keep reading to find helpful articles about how to avoid fraud and keep your personal information safe online.

If you think you may have been a victim of a government scam, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by calling 1.877.382.4357.

Fraud is costly. Preventing it can save you time, money, and heartache.

  • Be wary of unsolicited phone calls, text messages, or emails claiming to be from a government agency.
  • Never give money or private information to anyone claiming to be from a government agency.
  • If the government needs something from you, they will contact you by mail and provide a way for you to verify their identity.


Find more information and best practices to avoid fraud at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0113-government-grant-scams.

Here are some other sites that could help you spot a scam: