Your BBB® has learned that there is a new spin on an old scam: scammers are impersonating the National Institutes of Health (NIH), calling consumers and telling them they’ve won a $14,000 government grant. In order to claim the money, they need to pay a fee through their bank account, a Green Dot or iTunes card.
If you receive a similar phone call, hang up the phone. Although NIH gives grants to researchers, you have to apply for them first. Also, these grants are for public use, not personal use. And keep in mind that federal government will never ask you for money, prepaid cards or another type of payment. Be extremely wary if an unknown caller asks for:
- Your bank account information
- A money transfer
- Your social security number
These are all red flag. If you believe you’ve been victimized by a scam, report your experience to bbb.org/Scamtracker.
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