As if federal employees had not been targeted enough recently, now scam artists are looking to take advantage of the beleaguered government workforce.
The Federal Trade Commission has posted a warning on its website about a caller who is specifically going after furloughed federal employees. The scammer tells the individual who answers the phone about a “free” government grant specifically designed for that person.
The caller then asks for the individual’s bank account information or asks the fed to pay a fee, in order to get a nonexistent grant, FTC said. If you’ve already been targeted in this ploy, FTC is encouraging you to file a complaint.
So, if you’re at home on furlough and you get a call with an offer that sounds too good to be true, well, that’s probably because it is.