Scammers impersonate the National Institutes of Health

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Consumers are reporting another government imposter scam – this time the scammers are pretending to be calling from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to reports, callers are telling people they’ve been selected to receive a $14,000 grant from NIH. To get it, though, callers tell people to pay a fee through an iTunes or Green Dot card, or by giving their bank account number.

If you get a call like this from someone asking you to pay money to get money, stop. Hang up the phone. The federal government will not call you to give you a grant. NIH does give grants to researchers, but they have to apply for them, and those grants are for public purposes, not for personal use.

Also, the federal government will never call you, demanding that you give your personal or financial information – like your bank account or Social Security number. Has a caller ever asked you to wire money, cash a check they send you (and send them money), or use a prepaid card to pay someone? Those are all red flags. Nobody legitimate – and certainly not the government – will ever ask you to pay in any of those ways.

For more tips on avoiding government grant scams, check out NIH’s handy guide. Did you send money to an NIH imposter? Get in touch right away with whoever you used to send the money (your bank, MoneyGram, Western Union, iTunes…) and report the fraud. You might not get your money back, but you certainly won’t if you don’t report it. And then tell the FTC.

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This scam changes every month... This one wants me to put $350 on a prepaid card and give him the card number of so he can transfer $14,566 Grant funds to it. Ya Right... There goes my $350

The vital info to remember is that the Government NEVER calls you, they send letters.....

Grants are never given away haphazardly. One must apply for grant money.....

The best we can do with these callers is to just hang up but if you have the time keep them talking and play along so you waste their time and resources. You can hear the frustration and desperation in their voice about 15 minutes after you tell them you're really not sure you want to continue this. Hang up a couple of times while you're talking to them (they call back) and the frustration for them mounts.. They must get paid only for those who take the bait...

Just got a call like this today. So weird. Calling from the U. S. Government, he said. His name is Michael WIlliam, he said. Said he was calling from a 900 number after I pressed the issue. Said he was calling from Austin (pronounced Haustin) Texas with a 7 - something zip code. How in the world do they expect people to believe that they have won a grant that they never even applied for. Just because I "have a good relationship" with the government.
Fake, fake, fake!!!
Of course, the number was not displayed on my phone.
How do we report these things to the authorities? Who do we report them to?

Please report that to the FTC at

When you go to the page, click on the red Alert at the top of the page. It says "Click here to report someone falsely claiming to be from the government."  Thank you for reporting.

How do I report this??

I just got a call today area code 1-665. The agent had a indian kind of accent and was saying he was calling for a federal grant that I got in a recent demorgraphic study. That I would recieve 14,566 he gave me their address as 900 rockville pike, Bethesda Maryland, 20892.

Theres another scam to where people looking for employment are under the impression that these companies metro solutions could help you get your security license, 8hr, 16hr, fireguard for a price u pay them and they automatically send u to get employee refferal letter and go to bk for your fire guard test.

Then u find out you have to pay for fire guard test when your thinking what dod I pay them for all my certificates. Then you find out thay they moved from the office where you applied and the whole thing was a scam. I hope all these low lives get caught and rot in jail. They must be getting so many people.

You can help law enforcement by reporting people that take your money and don't give you what they promised. Go to and give details of what happened. The information will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations. Thank you.

Thanks for posting this!
I recieved a call from the same company and address you posted saying I was selectes to receive a $14,566.00 grant from the government. As my wife was talking to them I took the time to research the company and came across your post about the scam which I already knew it was nobody just gives you $14,566.00 lol. But we played along with it to waste there time and hung up just as he was asking if we wanted it to be deposited in our bank account.

I've had 3 different individuals now pm me on Facebook regarding free grant money delivered in cash via Fed Ex. Unbelievable

2/5/18 I just received a call from Nick White at National All lHeah L Health Dept. Located at 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda MD 20892 said my Grant approval Number NW016 for $14 14,500. They asked for a bank account or debit card to issu Issue the money on. Forget it! Nobody is going to send Money from the government National. Institute “All” Health Department! Number used 240-670-5530. The caller Sounded like he could be Indian.

2/5/18 I just received a call from Nick White at National All lHeah L Health Dept. Located at 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda MD 20892 said my Grant approval Number NW016 for $14 14,500. They asked for a bank account or debit card to issu Issue the money on. Forget it! Nobody is going to send Money from the government National. Institute “All” Health Department! Number used 240-670-5530. The caller Sounded like he could be Indian.

I got 1on messagener today.

Has anyone received their winning dollars and were the bills actually real or fake.

I just got a call from the fraudsters. Somehow they know my address my full name. The lady who called sounded Indian and it seems like from the background noise they were speaking to other people too. This should stop! The number is 562885128. Everyone should be careful

A man call me today, with an East Indian accent saying his name was Jason White and he worked with the Nation Institute of Health. He said that he could get me a $14,566 grant and since I was desperate for financial help, I listen up to the part that he wanted my bankcard number, I asked him why and told me some fake reason so I hung up.

I just got the same call. The reference phone# Paul gamer me was 202-866-9083 no answer. They have been calling me all afternoon from different numbers mostly 424-502- 01**
Said I qualified for a $24+ k Grant. They all spoke with an East Indian accent. I did not give them any information. But they knew who I was. They referenced my address.. scary!

Am so depressed today because yesterday these people called me asked me pay $450 using Apple cards from Walmart and I did it. Then after that they told me because the money that am about to receive is a lot so I should pay $880 so they can send the money to my account then I suspected them and refuse to send the 880. So I told them just to refund me my $450 they started laughing and hang up phone on me . No government would laugh client or just hang up. Am a single mom and what happened to me yesterday truly depressed me I don’t wish anyone else would feel the same thing at all.

I just got the same call. They will not remove you from the database.

I literally just received 6 calls within 10 minutes from this company. I answered and asked repeatedly who this is, knowing who it was because I received the call before. I read it back as I wrote it down and then asked what her name and employee number was. And then they hung up. I'm on the do not call registry. I have not entered my number ANYWHERE online because I had to change my previous number because I was getting so many telemarketers. What do I have to do to not get these calls?

Wonder how the NIH got my cell phone number? even knew my name. I never fall for scam like this anyway.

I just received one of these calls when I asked was it a scam the guy got offended and started screaming at me and I told him I didn't have 350$ to just run and get a Google play card in the 20 minutes he gave me to make it to the store he told me to borrow I asked him from who? I was open to any suggestion of who I could borrow it from I'd gladly do it..very sarcastically of course..i kept him in the phone for an hour so that's that many people who he couldn't call and scam out of money. Might I add I googled NIH while on the phone with him and found this blog. Thank you so much bcuz as good as it sounded I'd probably had lost 350$ by now

i received a call from maryland telling me they needed qualification of who i was to receive a federal grant. they then referred me to jason white who also told me i’d be getting a grant of $14,566. this was also from NIH. jason white tried to get me to go to the store to complete my registration and asked for my social security and bank account card. my mom was smart enough to transfer my money to her account before he could but when i called back to decline the grant he called me stupid and threatened to deduct all the money from my account. i was dumb enough to provide them with my information but i hope it doesn’t progress more than this. my money is safe as far as i know.

I received a call yesterday about a grant of14.566 dollars the guy name is Albert walker that I talked to then he gave me a number aw001 for conformation number an nother number to call 240 883 6664 to call that when you find out you have to send them 225 dollars it a scam

I just have a call from a guy named Peter Collins phone number 331-248-7445 telling me that was going to have a grant of $14,566 and I need to go buy a Google card at Walgreens on the start I was suspicious but that was my first time that I have a cold like that so I give him some of my information but right now I'm calling my bank and I'm going to tell them to cancel my card the guy is still waiting for me to call him at 5he spend 60 minutes on the phone and he called back two times to make sure I was going to do it..can I do something about it!! Report.or whatever

Was contacted today by a Sam 218 380 2142 (07072018). He called in regards to a free government grant of 14566 that would not ever have to be paid back. The grant ID number AZ23303. An office in 9000 Rockville Pike in Bethesda, MD 20892 (202) 866 9083. On request I gave him my drivers license number then I realized after the fact I felt I shouldn't have done it. I called the 218 number back only to find it had changed miraculously huh? I called the 202 area code number back only to find no answer. I pray that nothing bad comes out of this and I will not be furthered caught off guard again.

Got a call about a 14,000 grant. Gave my info. Be smarter than me!!!

Just received a call from these guys, they told me I got a grant from Federal Government, I can get $14566 and do not need to pay back. They asked my mailing address and drive license number and data birth. Finally I realized something is wrong. They gave their number: 202-932-2941, address: 9000 Rock Villa Pike, Betesda, MD, 20892.
Be careful these scammers.

I got a call from an impersonator saying they were ALSO from the NIH and claimed I had won $14,566 but wanted me to purchase an apple icard for $362 to use as a pretense but ever since I had hung up on them I got a call from a 202-202-2002 just 27 minutes ago.. NO talking, NO message, NO text weird. IF this is how they're trying to get people scare of them then its failing. I tried to say hello to the number but it Hung up on me , just as much AS I tried to get a person on the line. IF YOU WON A GRANT, then you won a grant YOU SHOULDNT HAVE TO PAY FOR IT OUT OF POCKET. NOT EVEN BY A DIME. STUPID IMPOSTERS!!!

OMG! I got a call today from this # 56327885129. Good thing I did not give my visa #, but I gave my learners permit #. Most of the time I don't answer phone calls from unknown numbers, but this time I did. After the Indian lady gave me the address now I found out it's a scam!!

Scammers should be banned!! I blocked different phone numbers many times but still they will find a way to get your information. We should be vigilant. I hope they will not use my information in a bad way. Feeling worried here...

FTC unfortunately your organization is useless to prevent phone scams or any other types of fraud. Not that you don't mean well but you are just not equipped to keep up with all the scams going on today. I filed several complaints and your organization is useless and futile do deal with these types of fraudulent activities. It's a real shame when you own government cannot help innocent victims and their citizens.

They been calling me for the past 3 days and I keep telling then no they took my money so I had to call my bank so they could cancel my card

There is a scam involving some people under the guise of being from the NIH offering a free grant of $14,655. The number she called from was supposed to be 240-817-0148. I was guillable enough to give these crooks my ID number, Social security number, bank account and routing number but I called the NIH and was assured they were fraudulently representing the government. I also called up my bank and and now being protected. The two I spoke with sounded of Indian descent. Regarding the 240-817-0148 number, I was able to contact her and I think they should be arrested. She said her name was Shawn Phillips. Their operation should be shut down. I was told to go to Walmart. I'm sure some have heard of the registration card hustle.

I just left a comment yesterday and lo and behold another scammer who was supposed to be a government employee said I had a free grant of $9000. The number was(360)-112-4000. BEWARE. They belong behind bars.

Steve Garrett just called me I seem to have 14,566 waiting just one call away! Yeah right Grant money SG031 is my approval number

Eddie Brown badge number EB 00963 (315) 915-4016 NIH Mental Health Institute address 900 Rockville Pike Bethesda Maryland 20892 grant $7200 asked for my name zip code and street address how many dependants whether I own or rented how much was my rent did I receive any government assistance how did I pay my bills I ended the call he called back tried to assure me that it wasn’t a scam then said he would give the money to someone else I hung up again

Received a call from number # (217) 044-6394. An Aisian Indian sounding man calling himself Nick White stated I was to receive government grant for $ 14,566 US dollars. When he asked for either my bank account or credit/debit card info I refused, stating I would verify the information. He gave me the following to verify:
US Dept of Grants
National Institute for Health
9000 Rockville Tpke
Bethesda, MD 20892
(262) 872-0892
Approval ID # NW016
The first link on the list was for this scam.


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