I’ve been active on Michigan School for the Deaf’s Facebook page. Mostly because they’ve been posting basketball stats and I’m a big sport fan. Someone who appeared to be a 1985 MSD grad sent me a friend request and I decided to accept. This conversation immediately followed.

This is a scam. If I hadn’t caught on, she would have given me a phone number or pointed me to a website and I would have been asked for my sensitive information. The Department of Health and Human Services is a real government department, and they might have something called an Empowerment Program. But I guarantee they’re not handing out $450,000. This was nothing but an attempt at identity theft.