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What Should I Do if I Suspect Fraudulent Activity Related to My SAM Registration?


If you suspect fraudulent activity related to your SAM (System for Award Management) registration, it’s essential to take immediate action to protect your organization and report the suspected fraud. Here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Secure Your Account: If you suspect fraudulent activity, log in to your SAM account immediately. Change your password to ensure that unauthorized individuals cannot access or make changes to your registration.
  2. Review Registration Details: Carefully review all the information in your SAM registration, including your organization’s name, address, banking information, and authorized representatives. Look for any unauthorized changes or discrepancies.
  3. Contact SAM Helpdesk: Reach out to the SAM helpdesk or customer support as soon as possible to report your suspicions and request assistance. SAM typically provides contact information for reporting fraud or security concerns.
  4. Report Fraud to Appropriate Authorities: If you have evidence of fraudulent activity, such as unauthorized changes to your registration or suspicious communications, consider reporting the incident to relevant authorities. This may include your local law enforcement agency, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), or other appropriate law enforcement agencies.
  5. Document Evidence: Gather and document any evidence of fraudulent activity related to your SAM registration. This may include screenshots of unauthorized changes, suspicious emails or communications, or any other relevant information.
  6. Notify Your Contracting or Granting Agencies: If you have active federal contracts or grants, promptly notify the federal agencies responsible for those contracts or grants about the suspected fraud. They should be aware of the situation and can provide guidance on next steps.
  7. Protect Your Finances: If fraudulent activity involves unauthorized changes to your banking information, contact your bank or financial institution immediately to secure your accounts and prevent unauthorized transactions.
  8. Cooperate with Investigations: If law enforcement or federal agencies initiate investigations into the suspected fraud, cooperate fully with their inquiries. Provide any evidence or information that may help them identify and apprehend the perpetrators.
  9. Prevent Future Fraud: After resolving the immediate issue, take steps to enhance the security of your SAM registration and other sensitive information. This may include strengthening passwords, enabling two-factor authentication, and educating your organization’s staff about security best practices.
  10. Stay Informed: Stay informed about security updates and alerts related to SAM and other federal procurement systems. SAM and federal agencies regularly provide information about security threats and best practices for protection.

Remember that SAM and federal agencies take fraud and security breaches seriously. Reporting suspected fraudulent activity promptly can help prevent further harm and protect your organization’s eligibility for federal contracts, grants, and assistance programs.


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