Resources for Preventing Grant Scams and Fraud

The following links will connect you to tips and information about protecting yourself – and the government – from grant-related fraud and scams:


Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Government Grant Scams

This FTC webpage focuses on the many ways scammers might attempt to use the promise of "free federal grants" to lure you into giving out valuable information.


Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Complaint Assistant

This wizard will walk you through the steps of reporting a scam scenario that you may have experienced.


National Procurement Fraud Task Force –

This task force was established by President Obama in 2009 to improve "efforts across the government …to investigate and prosecute significant financial crimes." This website focuses more broadly on fraud that is committed across mass marketing channels, including mail, telephone and the Internet.


Better Business Bureau "Scam Stopper"

This website collects information on the latest scams Click to View Exit Disclaimer surfacing across the country, including overpayment and fake check scams, emergency scams, phishing scams and home improvement scams. - Government Grants is a project of the National Consumers League (NCL), a nonprofit advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. This webpage contains tips for avoiding scams Click to View Exit Disclaimer related to so-called "government grants."


Report Fraud

If you think you may have been a victim of a government grant scam, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission online, or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261.

You can also report grant-related scam attempts to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Fraud Hotline at 1-800-447-8477.