Emmer urging residents to be aware of EDA grant scams

WRIGHT COUNTY – Congressman Tom Emmer has released a statement warning residents of fraud alerts for people claiming to represent the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

The EDA has become aware of incidents over the past few weeks of fraudulent emails, letters, and other communications sent to individuals offering to provide EDA grants in exchange for money or personal information. The scammers behind these fraudulent communications often pose as EDA employees or agents in an attempt to extract a payment.

The EDA does not provide grants to individuals nor does it ask individuals to disclose personal information. In addition, the EDA does not require grant applicants to submit a processing or any other fee. Grants from the EDA can only be obtained by following the procedures in the Notices of Funding Opportunities provided for the programs listed on its Funding Opportunities webpage:https://www.eda.gov/funding-opportunities/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

If you believe you have been the victim of one of these scams or are aware of such incidents, you are urged to contact the Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General at: (https://www.oig.doc.gov/Pages/Hotline.aspx?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=) and submit a report.

You may also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission by calling 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357) or online by going to:https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=#crnt&panel1-1.

For more information on grant fraud and grant-related scams, go to the following website:https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants/grant-fraud.html?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

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