The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently reported an ongoing scam that is using Facebook to identify victims.
Someone claiming to be an NEH employee is contacting individuals through Facebook Messenger, NEH said in a release, and is claiming these individuals are “on a list for a grant,” and instructing them to send payment before they can claim their award.
NEH said its employees will never ask anyone to send money to receive a grant or other forms of financial assistance, nor will NEH and its employees ever ask anyone to wire money or add money to a prepaid debit card to pay for associated processing or delivery fees.
The National Endowment for the Humanities does not use Facebook to contact individuals concerning grant awards, NEH said, and if the name on the Facebook account is familiar—such as a friend or NEH employee—the scammer has created the account to impersonate someone the victim knows in order to initiate and support the scheme.
NEH asked that individuals never provide any personal information or send money to anyone claiming to be an NEH employee.
The Endowment’s official Facebook page can be found at http://bit.ly/28OLkvX, which has been verified by Facebook, NEH said.
Individuals contacted by a person claiming to be an NEH employee can report the incident at http://bit.ly/28Q1cUW or call NEH’s Office of the Inspector General at 1-877-786-7598.
To learn more, visit http://1.usa.gov/28PPDfP.