Federal Grants and Programs Can Be Scammed
'Free Grants': Don't Take Them For Grant-ed
The ads claim that you will qualify to receive a "free grant" for your education, your home repairs, your home business, or your unpaid bills. They say your application is guaranteed to be accepted, and you never have to repay the money. But the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns that "money for nothing" grant offers often are a scam: the grant isn't free, it isn't guaranteed, and often, it isn't even available to you.
Medicare Beneficiaries Urged to Be on the Look-out for Phone Scams
Seniors and people with disabilities should be aware of a scheme that asks Medicare beneficiaries for money and checking account information to help them enroll in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. NO Medicare drug plan can ask a person with Medicare for bank account or other personal information over the telephone.
Social Security E-mail Scam
The Social Security Administration has received several reports of an email message being circulated with the subject "Cost-of-Living for 2007 update" and purporting to be from the Social Security Administration. Once directed to the phony website, the individual is asked to register for a password and to confirm their identity by providing personal information such as the individual's Social Security number, bank account information and credit card information.
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: June 13, 2013
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