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Fraud Alert: Scammers Claiming to be from the Bureau of Justice Assistance

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has received reports that our office's name is being used in government imposter scams. These are usually intended to convince you to send money or financial account information to scammers who use our office’s name because it sounds serious and legitimate.

Do not provide personal identifiable information—such as a social security number—or bank account information, or money in response to these false claims.

How to Tell

Any email sent from an actual BJA staff person will have one of the following at the end of the email address: @ojp.usdoj.gov or @usdoj.gov. The Federal Trade Commission's How to Spot, Stop, & Report Government Imposter Scams infographic provides helpful information on avoiding and responding to these (and other) scams.

How to Report

You may report the message you received to the Federal Trade Commission online or by calling 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357).

Date Published: August 17, 2023