How to avoid scams that appear to be from the government

How to avoid scams that appear to be from the government

Information is your best defense


WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Every day, the
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) receives numerous complaints from people who have
been scammed.


Some of these complaints are from people who are encouraged to reveal
information about their salary, benefits, tax rebate, or bank information.


order to get this information, the criminals pose as Federal government
representatives and make fake letters, e-mails, phone calls or websites that
look real and official.


Protect yourself from scammers by following these recommendations:


wary of suspicious calls.

Don’t reveal personal information like your Social Security number, bank account
or credit card numbers to people who call and tell you they work for the
government. No government agency will ever call you out of the blue and ask for
personal data.


Sign up on the
National Do Not Call Registry

) to stop telemarketers from contacting you.


Don’t pay money when applying for a free scholarship or grant
Government agencies will not ask for money upfront to process any grants or
subsidies. These transactions are free and only official government agencies

Federal scholarships or grants (


Don’t believe false job offers.

Many scammers use websites that look like they’re associated with the government
to post jobs and offer guaranteed employment in exchange for money. Do not send
money or reveal personal and confidential information to people who hand out
brochures or study materials for job placement exams. Job applications in all
government departments are free.


File a complaint


you have been scammed or you suspect someone is committing fraud,

register a

or get in touch with the FTC at 1-877-382-4357.


  • When filing a complaint you may be asked for the following information:

  • Date, time and phone number of the call you received

  • Name, website or email address of the organization that contacted you

  • The amount of money and form of payment that the scammer requested

  • Other pertinent details and information


learn more about consumer protection visit
) and (
the U.S. Government’s official web portals in English and Spanish, and part of
the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).



How to avoid scams that appear to be from the government