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      Hello everyone,

      I want to raise awareness about a serious issue that’s been affecting many people: DHHS grant scams. These scams involve fraudsters impersonating representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), offering grants in exchange for upfront payments.

      What Are DHHS Grant Scams?

      These scams typically involve contact from someone posing as a DHHS representative, offering substantial grants. The catch? They demand an upfront payment supposedly for processing fees or taxes. Victims are often asked to pay through wire transfers, money orders, or prepaid debit cards.

      Common Tactics Used by Scammers:

      • Promising Larger Grants for More Money: Convincing you that sending more money increases the grant amount.
      • Requesting Payments Through Untraceable Methods: Such as money orders or cash.
      • Creating Fake Websites/Documents: To appear legitimate.
      • Using High-Pressure Tactics: To make you act quickly.
      • Impersonating DHHS Representatives: To gain your trust.

      Real-Life Examples:

      1. Louisiana resident was scammed for $10,000, promised a larger grant for more money.
      2. In 2019, letters were sent out resembling official DHHS correspondence, asking for payments through money orders.
      3. In 2020, fake websites mimicking DHHS offered COVID-19 related grants.
      4. In 2021, scammers contacted people via phone or email, offering DHHS grants for an upfront fee.

      Who’s at Risk?

      Elderly, low-income individuals, and those in financial distress are common targets. But, honestly, anyone can fall prey to these scams.

      How to Protect Yourself:

      1. Be Skeptical of Unsolicited Offers: Legitimate organizations typically don’t offer grants without an application process.
      2. Research Thoroughly: Before sending money or personal information.
      3. Avoid Providing Personal Information: Especially sensitive data like Social Security numbers.
      4. Beware of High-Pressure Tactics: Take your time to make informed decisions.
      5. Seek Advice from Trusted Sources: Like friends, family, or financial advisors.

      What to Do If You’ve Been Scammed:

      1. Stop All Communication: With the scammer.
      2. Contact Your Bank or Credit Card Company: To report fraud and dispute charges.
      3. Report to the FTC and DHHS Office of Inspector General.
      4. Contact Law Enforcement: File a report with your local police.
      5. Protect Your Identity: Consider a fraud alert or freezing your credit.

      Final Thoughts:

      Stay vigilant and informed about these scams. If you’ve been a victim or have any insights, please share your experiences in the comments below. And remember, if you’ve lost a significant amount of money to online scams, there are ways to get help and potentially recover your funds.

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          For me, it began with a seemingly innocuous link I found in my Facebook Messenger, which led to what was advertised as the DHHS Grants Program.

          Excited about the opportunity, I applied for the grant and, to my surprise, was quickly approved for $20,000. However, my excitement soon turned to suspicion when they requested a substantial processing and delivery fee of $5,200 to access the funds.

          But the situation escalated when they asked for something even more unusual and concerning—my Facebook password. This request came before they would transfer the promised $20,000 to me. Such a demand for sensitive personal information struck me as a significant red flag and raised my concerns that this might be a scam, especially one operating on Facebook Messenger.

          I’m curious to hear if others have faced anything similar and how they dealt with it.

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