COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A Better Call 4 alert for anyone hoping to take advantage of the Emergency Broadband Benefit program.
You may remember the program, announced earlier this year, which offers temporary discounts of $ 50 to families struggling to afford internet access during the pandemic, as well as help with buying food. ‘computers.
Recently, the Federal Communications Commission said it was alerted to a website allegedly operated by “WiFi Freedom USA” that mimics the legitimate registration site, falsely claiming it can provide consumers with free devices and services. Some consumers have even reported seeing advertisements for the WiFi Freedom USA website on social media platforms.
The FCC said it acted immediately to turn off the website and all online advertisements and was working with law enforcement to resolve the issue.
If you would like to learn more or register for the program, the FCC strongly recommends that you:
- Use only the official Emergency Broadband Advantage website do this.
- If you are contacting a participating vendor directly to register, first verify that they are authorized to participate in the program (by visiting https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-broadband-benefit-providers)
- Or, you can apply by mail using a paper application.
If you are concerned that you signed up for the program through WiFi Freedom USA, visit IdentityTheft.gov. If you have made payments, the FCC suggests that you contact your financial institution to see if there are any remedies available to you. You can also 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.