1. They want to "help" you renew your registration online for a fee, which is unnecessary as you can go to the SAMS site and renew your registration by yourself, for free. Yes, it is a cumbersome site, and has page after page of crap you have to tabulate through and re-confirm that, unlike Trump, you have no connection to Russia or other foreign governments. Gee, maybe he should have to register through SAMS, eh? So this first kind of con is just asking you to pay a few hundred dollars to do something you can do yourself for free.2. They want to steal your government contract money. They hope that some low-level clerk in your company was designated as contact point for the SAMS registration and that they can scare said clerk in to coughing up the username and password for the account by fooling them into believing they are logging in or talking to, a government agency. Once they have this information, they can go online and "renew" your registration and change your banking information for ACH credit payment. That $50,000 contract payment you got from the U.S. Department of Redundancy Department is now going to an offshore Cayman Islands account and no, the government isn't going to pay it again. Your fault for giving out the password and user name. You are out fifty grand!
UPDATE: Here is an example of one of these e-mails I get. I have gotten over 100 in the last few months, from all sorts of different companies. THIS IS AN E-MAIL FROM A SCAM COMPANY THAT WANTS TO CHARGE YOU $$$ TO DO SOMETHING YOU CAN DO FOR FREE!!
This email was sent by an automated administrator. Please do not reply to this message.
Dear ROBERT BELL,
This is a message regarding your registration in the U.S. Federal Government's System for Award Management (SAM) for BELL, ROBERT P which is expiring 8/25/2017. It is almost time to update your annual registration.
Failure to update and complete the registration process, may interfere with your government funding and awards because your SAM registration must be active, complete and compliant for any federal awards, funding, or assistance to be paid. Per SAM policy, incomplete registrations may be placed into DELETED INFORMATION STATUS within the system.
To begin the updating process, select the link below and follow the instructions. A Registration Advisor will be in contact within 24 business hours to complete your SAM Registration Service submission.
CLICK TO RENEW SAM REGISTRATION
Please have your CAGE CODE ready.
Copyright 2016, All rights reserved.
(Ha-ha - government communications are not copyrighted! Gave way the game, my friend!)
UPDATE: Here is an example of the only LEGITIMATE renewal notice from the SAMS website:
This email was sent by an automated administrator from the official U.S. government SAM.gov website. Please do not reply to this message.
SUBJECT: Your SAM.gov Registration for [BELL, ROBERT P] will expire on August 25, 2017.
Dear Robert Bell,
Your entity registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) will expire soon. To be eligible for federal awards, you must have an active SAM registration. It is your responsibility to keep your registration current. If you have existing awards with the government, you must renew your SAM registration annually to ensure continued payments
SAM.gov is an official website of the U.S. government. There is NO FEE to register or maintain your SAM registration.
To update or renew your registration, follow these instructions.
1. Go to the official SAM.gov website by entering https://www.sam.gov/ in your Internet browser address bar.
2. Enter your username and password to log into SAM.
3. Select “Entity Registrations” on the My SAM page
4. Select “Existing Entity Registrations” from the “Entity Registrations” menu.
5. Select the entity you want to update from the Entity List, or search for the entity, then select it.
6. Select “Update Entity” from Registration Details for Complete Record.
7. Complete your registration update by following the on-screen instructions.
8. Select “Submit” at the very end. You will see a “Congratulations” message on the screen when you submit your renewal.
1. Plan ahead! U.S. registrations must go through Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) validation. All registrations must go through Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code validation. Together, these processes can take up to twelve business days after you submit your registration. While the average is much faster, allow time for these external processes and begin your renewal now.
2. Get FREE help at https://www.sam.gov on the HELP page where you will find:
- The full SAM User Guide, Quick Start Guides, Helpful Hints, and Webinars
- Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
3. Check your registration status at any time. Go to the SAM.gov homepage at https://www.sam.gov/ and select Check Status. Enter your DUNS Number or CAGE Code to quickly check your progress.
If you still need help after using these resources, please contact the Federal Service Desk at https://www.fsd.gov/ or by telephone at 866-606-8220 (toll free) or at 334-206-7828 (international). The Federal Service Desk is a FREE service of the U.S. government, supporting SAM and other systems owned and operated by the U.S. government.
The System for Award Management (SAM) Administrator