Please be aware. It is being reported that scammers are now pretending to be with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH is a government agency. These scammers are offering “grants” of money in exchange for your bank account info or a prepaid iTunes card- yeah. Supposedly by giving this info to the caller it will remove any red-tape for receiving the grant funds, or something like fast-tracking you to receive the grant.
Grants are never given by the NIH for personal use under any circumstances and to be considered for a real grant, a researcher has to actually apply for the grant. The NIH doesn’t just call you. Again, scammers never sleep apparently. It’s unbelievable the pitches they think up. Please be aware. Hang up immediately if you get one of these calls. Source: STAT, Federal Trade Commission.
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