There is a new scam threatening to take consumers for granted. The Federal Trade Commission has published a new alert detailing a current government grant scam going around.
According to the FTC, scammers have been posing as government officials to get consumers to send in money. These scammers will impersonate the National Institutes of Health, offering a NIH grant of $14,000. The grant, however can only be obtained, according to the reported scammers, through a payment via iTunes, Green Dot cards, or with your bank account information.
If you receive a call declaring you are eligible for a grant, do not divulge any of your personal or financial information — hang up. The federal government will never call demanding information.
For more information on the NIH grant scam, go here.
For tips to help you stay safe online, go here.