Scammers Falsely Purporting to be Calling or E-mailing from the U.S. Treasury Department,
Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund):
Scammers have been calling, e-mailing, or otherwise contacting an individual asserting that the individual has been awarded a grant or a similar sum of money and requesting personal information or a sum of money to “release” the funds. The Treasury Department and the CDFI Fund do not have such a program. We urge recipients of such calls or e-mails to be extremely wary of any scheme requiring an advance payment for a later promise of funds — these are hallmarks of scams.
If you feel you have be contacted in a scam or fraud, please contact the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Inspector General (OIG), by the online form on the OIG website: https://www.treasury.gov/about/organizational-structure/ig/OigOnlineHotlineForm or by calling 1-800-359-3898.
For more information on these types of scams, please visit:
US Treasury OIG fraud alerts: https://www.treasury.gov/about/organizational-structure/ig/fraud-alerts_index2
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) scam alerts: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts