Social Media Scam Alert

August 22, 2019

Several scams are taking place on Facebook and Instagram with scammers falsely claiming to work for the Bush Foundation. In some instances, the scammers have reached out to users and promised them grant money if the users provide personal information and pay a shipping fee or a processing fee. In some cases, they’ve created fake accounts and/or hacked into accounts of a friend or relative of their targets. Most of the targets appear to be people who live outside the region we serve.

Things you should know about the Bush Foundation:

  • We will never ask you to pay a fee to be considered for one of our grants or fellowships. 
  • We will never reach out to you over social media to notify you of a grant award. 
  • If you apply for a grant, the contact information you provide in your application is what we will use to notify you. 
  • If you haven’t applied for a grant or a fellowship from us, we won’t reach out to tell you that you’ve been awarded one. 
  • All of our grantmaking is designed to benefit people and organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.

Feel free to contact us if you have questions about a specific grant program. Each of our grant program pages lists the appropriate contact information.

If a Facebook or Instagram user reaches out to you saying they work for us and want to send you money in exchange for a fee and your personal information, please

  1. Report them to Facebook or Instagram.
  2. Block them.
  3. Report them to the Federal Trade Commission, which investigates this kind of fraud. You can do so by calling the FTC’s Consumer Response Center at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or by filing your complaint online.