Civic Recognition Award Scam: How It Works
(with video below) Imagine this scenario: You receive a congratulatory phone call or an email from somebody who works in your industry. You are told that you just won a “Civic Recognition Award”, or an honorary title related to your industry.
They have found your business on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and tailored the conversation (or message) using the name of your company and your accomplishments. Therefore, you are pleasantly surprised. Who wouldn’t be?
The call (or the letter in the mail) is warm and informs you that you’ve been selected as the recipient of a reputable annual award or grant ($5,000), which is offered by a privately funded society. A website featuring the award is provided and it looks pretty good!
You are invited to go to Las Vegas for the award ceremony and – since you are the most recent winner – you are also asked to become a member of this elite society. You are flattered and gladly accept the offer, agreeing, of course, to pay your registration fee, which is not much compared to the award you’ll be receiving.
The “membership” you’ll be asked to pay is something like $400 for an annual subscription or $600 for a life membership. Indeed, you won’t be receiving any $5,000 award – they just want your $400.
Civic Recognition Award Scam: How To Avoid
Do your research first. Call the real company that claims to organize this, as scammers use legitimate names to get your trust. Awards organizers that ask you for money first are always scams.
Civic Recognition Award Scam: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing the names used by the crooks on social media here. Use the Comments section below to expose them. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) using the link below:
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