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SAM Scam targets Federal grantees

As the grant administrator for two federal programs, Arts Midwest must require many of our grantees to maintain an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) or SAM.gov.

SAM.gov registration is always free

There is no fee to register or maintain your registration in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov). In fact, there is never a fee to register with any federal agency, but some enterprising scammers have been attempting to charge organizations to maintain their registrations.

The SAM.gov registration database is publicly accessible, so scammers obtain your information there and then will call, email, or even send text message links to non-governmental websites in an attempt to get you to pay them for your registration or renewal.

How to identify a SAM.gov scam

These messages can take many forms, and scammers go to great lengths to make them seem official. Be cautious of any messages that look like invoices, ask for your login credentials or credit card information, or contain links to unofficial and/or non-governmental websites.

If you receive a message asking you to pay for a SAM.gov registration, do not engage the scammer—simply hang up or delete the message. If you are receiving frequent messages of this type, you can ask your IT department to blacklist the senders.

US Capitol Building
United States Capitol Building. Photo by Motion Studios, CC0.

Getting help is also free!

Need help with your SAM.gov registration? Getting help is also free. Contact the Federal Service Desk at 1-866-606-8220 or open an online support request with them at www.fsd.gov.