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Scam alert: Kresge Foundation’s name being used in bogus emails

General Foundation News

Please be advised that individuals have been fraudulently posing online and by telephone as “representatives” of The Kresge Foundation. These individuals are using the foundation’s name without authorization and have contacted potential and existing grantees to suggest that funds are forthcoming if personal identification and financial information is provided. These messages are fraudulent.

This is an Internet scam and an illegal misrepresentation of the foundation and the grantmaking work we do. To be clear, The Kresge Foundation and its employees do not:

  • Sponsor lotteries of any kind.
  • Solicit donations of any kind.
  • Ask for personal information.
  • Approach individuals offering grant opportunities or scholarships.
  • Require/request grantees to pay insurance, deposits, or delivery and administrative fees for grant funds.
  • Request funds through social media, such as Facebook or Twitter.
  • Offer investment opportunities.
  • Request conference fees or fees to apply for jobs.

If you receive a communication that appears to be from Kresge for any type of payment or personal and/or financial information, or if you receive a communication seemingly from the foundation that you feel is suspicious, please disregard that communication. We would appreciate your reporting any fraudulent communications to us at: [email protected].

You can also report these scams and fraud communications to the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov)  or FBI (www.ic3.gov/complaint).

Kresge staff is working remotely, and our offices are closed until further notice.  See our promise to partners during COVID-19.
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