Scam impersonates NED to defraud victims with fake grants

The National Endowment for Democracy, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world, recently became aware of an ongoing scam being perpetrated through Facebook, texting, and other mediums. The scam involves someone claiming to be a National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) or National Endowment for Democracy (NED) employee contacting victims through Facebook Messenger or a text telling you that you are on a “winners list” and instructing you to send payment before they will send you the winnings. Please be advised that this is a scam.

The NED does not make grants to individuals. Furthermore, NED and its employees will never ask you to send money, wire money, or add money to a prepaid debit card as a condition for receiving an award or grant. NED does not use Facebook or text to contact individuals concerning grant awards.

If someone purporting to be a NED employee has contacted you through Facebook about an award, please report the incident to Facebook so that it can remove the fraudulent account. You can report it to the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation at http://www.ic3.gov.

Please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself.

Resources:

NED Facebook Page – This is the official NED Facebook page, which has been verified by Facebook.

How to Recognize a Government Imposter – https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0048-government-imposter-scams