Tips to Spot a Government Impostor Scam:
Stay calm. Resist the urge to act immediately, no matter how dramatic the story is. Scammers try to get people to act before thinking about the situation.
Don’t reply directly. Don’t respond to unknown calls, texts, or emails. If you think the message may be real, find the government agencies’ contact information on the internet and contact them directly.
Check for look-alikes. Research to see if the government agency or organization that contacted you actually exists. Scammers often make up names of agencies and/or grants.
Do not pay any money for a “free” government grant or program.
It is not really free if there is a fee involved.
A real government agency will not ask for an advanced processing fee.
Instead, find out if the agency is legitimate by checking grants.gov.