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.

If in doubt of any issues, please contact us with as much detail to your incident as possible. [email protected] We will gladly research any suspected fraud cases.

Where to report fraud?

Please contact us first to verify your situation. We will promptly reply and handle with urgency.  Contact us here or by emailing: frau[email protected]

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