Phishing, Fraud and Scam Prevention
Be aware of unsolicited grant opportunities from anyone claiming to be The Pollination Project.
We have received reports of fraud attempts and phishing instigated by people pretending to represent the Pollination Project. If you have not applied for a grant with the Pollination Project, anyone soliciting your personal information is likely part of a scam to get access to your private data or money.
All grantees come to us and go through a clear, secure application process. All requests for personal details are handled in secure online environments and not via text or email. If you have not applied for a grant with us, but receive a communication about a grant claiming to come from The Pollination Project, please email us at [email protected] and we will investigate and report it.
What is phishing?
When fraudsters impersonate a business to trick you into giving out your personal information, it’s called phishing. Do not reply to email, text, or pop-up messages that ask for your personal or financial information.
How to deal with phishing scams or fraud attempts?
Never respond to any emails or texts that seem suspicious. We are not going to ask for private details via text. All of our private documents will be handled in secure environments.
Where to report fraud?
Report to BBB Scam Tracker program here.
Report to the Office of Inspector General here.
Resources to protect yourself
Mass Marketing, Mail, Wire, Telephone and Internet Fraud
Resources on How to Protect Yourself
10 Ways to Avoid Fraud
Theives use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine new technology with old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. Here are some practical tips to help you stay a step ahead. Read more here.
Dont Get Hooked by a Scam. BBB Scam Stopper has great information and video on scams, scam alerts and more. Read more here