FCC Warns Public Of Broadband Emergency Benefits Website Scam

FCC Warns Public Of Broadband Emergency Benefits Website Scam


Website falsely offers FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment and collects personal information from consumers

WASHINGTON, August 27, 2021 — The FCC recently became aware of a website purportedly operated by “WiFi Freedom USA” that mimics the legitimate emergency broadband registration site, GetEmergencyBroadband.org. This website falsely claimed to administer the Broadband Emergency Benefit Program, including by offering connected devices and services. The FCC and USAC took steps to have the social media page known The FCC is now working with law enforcement agencies to resolve this issue.

The FCC strongly advises consumers to use only the official broadband emergency delivery website, GetEmergencyBroadband.org, to register for the program. Consumers can also contact a participating provider directly, but they must first verify that a provider is authorized to participate in the program by visiting www.fcc.gov/emergency-broadban… suppliers and searching by their state or territory. Consumers can also apply by mail using a paper request.

The Broadband Emergency Benefit Program and GetEmergencyBroadband.org are administered by the USAC on behalf of the FCC.

The WiFi Freedom USA website has falsely claimed that it can provide consumers with free devices and services related to the Emergency Broadband Benefits program. Consumers may also have seen advertisements for the WiFi Freedom USA website on social media platforms.

If you have provided your personal information to WiFi Freedom USA, visit IdentityTheft.gov. If you have made payments to WiFi Freedom USA, please contact your financial institution to see if there are any remedies available to you. You can file a report on government impostor fraud with the Federal Trade Commission at Reportfraud.ftc.gov and get information on how to get the money you paid back.

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