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System for Award Management SAM Scam



You’ve heard about the System for Award Management (SAM), but are you aware of the related scams? You’re not alone if you’re concerned.

It’s important to stay vigilant to avoid falling victim. In this article, we’ll arm you with knowledge to identify signs of a scam, tips to avoid them, and how to find legitimate help.

Let’s ensure you’re protected.


Key Takeaways


– Scammers often mimic Federal Processing Registry Inc., so be cautious of any correspondence that looks official but you find that it is a fake company.

– SAM registration is always free if you do not need any assistance to register, so don’t trust anyone who makes false promises otherwise.

– Legitimate SAM self-registration is conducted through the official government website,, so be wary.

– Expert third-party entities like the Federal Processing Registry can help avoid delays and mistakes due to their specialization and expertise in SAM renewals; however, there is no legitimate fast-track process for SAM registration, so don’t fall for scams that offer to speed up your registration in exchange for a high payment. Always verify the credentials of anyone claiming to assist with SAM registration.


Signs of a Scam Related to SAM Registration


SAM Registration SCAM


Watch out for some telltale signs that you’re dealing with a SAM registration scam.

If you receive correspondence that looks official but isn’t, or links to websites that seem fishy, that’s a red flag.

Be wary of promises to fast-track your registration or language designed to induce panic—these tactics are often used by scammers to trick you into paying high fees for unnecessary services.



Correspondence That Looks Official But Isn’t


Amid your SAM registration process, you might receive communications that seem official but aren’t – a common sign of a System for Award Management scam. These correspondences may resemble authentic letters from competitors of Federal Processing Registry Inc. However, don’t be fooled.

A surge in calls received by Federal Processing Registry Inc. reveals customers’ complaints that this is a classic move by scammers. They try to dupe you into believing that your SAM registration is incomplete or requires payment. Information in the business profile for Federal Processing Registry Inc. might be used to make it seem legitimate. Always remember that SAM registration is free for self-filers.

Be vigilant. Don’t trust communications that try to pressure you. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.


Promised Services For a Fee


Don’t let the allure of promised services for a fee cloud your judgment when it comes to SAM registration; it’s a surefire sign of a scam. Scammers often promise assistance in navigating the SAM registration process for a fee, claiming it will expedite or simplify the process.

But here’s the truth: SAM registration is free for self-registrants who can do it themselves without assistance, and you can do it yourself online. Paying a fee won’t speed things up or guarantee approval.


Links to Websites that Don’t End in .gov


One clear sign you’re dealing with a SAM registration scam is if you’re directed to websites that don’t end in .gov. Legitimate SAM registration is always conducted through official government websites, which always end with .gov. If you’re asked to visit a .com, .net, .org, or any other domain, be wary. This is a common tactic used by scammers to trick you into providing sensitive information or to pay for services that are otherwise free.

Keep in mind that the official SAM website is If you’re unsure, it’s best to type this URL into your browser manually. Don’t click on any links given to you, even if they appear to be from a trusted source. Always verify before you proceed.


Promises to Fast-Track Your Registration


Beware, if someone promises to expedite your SAM registration, it’s likely a scam. The System for Award Management (SAM) is a free service provided by the U.S. government. There’s no legitimate fast-track process. Scammers use this ploy to convince you to pay for something that is free for self-registrants who do not need assistance.

If you’re contacted by someone offering to speed up your SAM registration, it’s a red flag. They’ll often ask for personal or business information and charge you for their ‘services’. Don’t fall for it.

Always check the credentials of anyone claiming to assist with SAM registration. Do your due diligence, protect your information, and remember: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Make sure you are dealing with real experts and someone who has many years of real-world experience in this service before you agree to hand over any money for assistance.


Language Designed to Drive Panic


Another tactic that these scammers use to deceive you is employing language designed to drive panic, a surefire sign of a SAM registration scam. They’ll send you urgent messages, insisting that your registration is about to expire or has already expired. They may even claim that you’re at risk of losing your eligibility for government contracts if immediate action isn’t taken. These scare tactics are designed to pressure you into making hasty decisions without thinking it through.

You should know, however, that the government doesn’t operate in this way. It doesn’t send panic-inducing emails. So, when you encounter such language, recognize it for what it is – a scam.

Always take the time to verify any information you receive before you act.


Avoiding Scams with Your SAM Registration and Renewal


SAM Registration SCAM


To protect your SAM registration and renewal from scams, you’ll need to be vigilant and take specific preventative measures.

First, always double-check the website you’re using. If you are self-registering, it should be a .gov site. If it’s not, you could be on a scam site.

Second, remember that registration is free for self-registrants.

Third, keep your login details private. Don’t share them with anyone who isn’t authorized to access your account.

Lastly, be wary of unsolicited emails. Scammers might pose as SAM officials to get your information.


How to Find Legitimate Help for SAM


Legit SAM Help


While it’s crucial to be cautious of scams, you can find legitimate assistance for your SAM registration and renewal process.

Start by checking the credentials of the agency offering help. They should have extensive knowledge about the SAM system and must have positive reviews from previous clients. Don’t hesitate to ask for references or samples of their work.

Check their customer testimonials:

Check to see if they have customer success stories:


You can also seek assistance from the Federal Service Desk (FSD). They offer free help for self-registering SAM users.

Additionally, some reliable third-party firms like the Federal Processing Registry specialize in SAM registrations and renewals. While they charge for their services, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re working with professionals.


Frequently Asked Questions


What Is the History and Purpose of the System for Award Management (Sam)?


You’re asking about SAM’s history and purpose. Launched by GSA in 2012, it’s a federal system for people to register, renew, update or search for entities who do business with the U.S. government.


What Are the Legal Repercussions for Individuals or Companies Involved in SAM Scams?


If you’re caught in fraudulent activities, you’ll face severe legal repercussions. These may include hefty fines, imprisonment, and potential banning from future business ventures. It’s crucial to conduct business ethically and legally.


How Does the SAM Scam Impact the Overall Government Procurement Process?


SAM scams disrupt your trust in the procurement process. They inflate costs, cause delays, and lead to inequitable distribution of contracts. This corruption undermines the system’s integrity and effectiveness, affecting government operations negatively.


Are There Any Notable Cases of SAM Scams That Have Been Successfully Prosecuted?


Yes, there’ve been notable cases. For instance, in 2019, two men from Fort Lauderdale were successfully prosecuted for defrauding thousands of victims through a government registration scam, causing significant financial losses.


How Can Businesses Recover if They Have Been Victims of a SAM Scam?


If you’ve been targeted by a scam, you should immediately report it to law enforcement. You’ll also need to work on repairing your credit, possibly with professional help, and tightening your security practices.




Always stay alert for signs of a SAM registration scam, such as unsolicited contact or pressure to act quickly.

Be proactive in avoiding scams by independently verifying contacts and being cautious with your information.

If you need assistance with your SAM registration or renewal, seek out legitimate helplines or government websites or a legitimate third-party firm specializing in SAM registration.

Remember, it’s your responsibility to safeguard your information and avoid falling prey to these scams.


Need Help?

Contact the FPR Help Desk through the following methods:

  • Phone: 1-866-717-5267 (toll-free)
  • Email:

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