Scam Alert!!

USDA has made us aware of the following:
Possible Scam: System for Award Management (SAM) Email Notifications from Third Party Companies
We are alerting you that third party companies are offering to help you update information contained within the System for Award Management ( website, for a fee.  Your SAM registration contains sensitive business information, including your banking information and other sensitive information, so your login and password should not be shared with anyone outside your company.  As a reminder, the use of the System for Award Management website is free to use and update, and the Water and Environmental Staff does not see a reason to pay anyone to provide that service.
Secondly, we have just become aware of a couple of scam emails that offer to “help companies start the renewal process online” or suggest that “Your Federal Profile is Almost Complete. Immediate Action Required!”  In both cases, your free access to will resolve any questions you may have regarding your registration in  As you know requires an annual recertification and sends out email reminders prior to the expiration, and again, updates should be handled by company employees.  Furthermore, if your registration is not complete, you may login to to make that determination for yourself.
Thirdly it is now being reported that possible scammers are now calling and offering to register you in Sam for 3 years at a cost of $3,500. You are strongly advised to hang up the phone immediately. As stated above SAM registration is free and must be renewed every year. There is no 3 year option.
Please remember that is not affiliated with the USDA and is a government-wide website not maintained by our Agency.  If you have any questions regarding access or how to use SAM, please contact their help desk at 866-606-8220, option #1.
L.D. “Kent” Evans | Water Programs Director
Rural Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave. Stop 1570 |Washington, DC  20250
Phone: 202-720-2567 | i-Phone: 202-570-1539
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