Don’t fall for a Stimulus Check Scam
No sooner did the government approve stimulus checks for everyone, the scammers started their scams.
The FBI, the Better Business Bureau and several state attorneys general are warning about stimulus check scams. People have already been receiving phone calls, texts and e-mails from these scammers asking for personal and bank account information in order to get access to YOUR money. They are also posting messages on social media. DO NOT FALL For it.
“If someone claims to be from the government with a check for you, it may be a phishing scam that is illegally trying to obtain your bank account or other personal information,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement Saturday. “Do not pay anyone who promises that they can expedite or obtain a payment or a loan for you,” James continued. “If you are eligible for relief, you will not need to make any up-front payment or pay any fee to receive a stimulus payment.”
Per the Better Business Bureau here are tips to spot a COVID-19 Scam:
- Remember, government agencies do not communicate through social media avenues like Facebook. So, be wary of unsolicited messages.
- Do not pay any money for a “free” government grant. If you have to pay money to claim a “free” government grant, it is not really free. A real government agency will not ask you to pay an advanced processing fee.
- Check for look-alikes.Be sure to do your research and see if a government agency or organization actually exists. Find contact info on your own and call them to be sure the person you’ve heard from is legitimate.
- Don’t assume an offer in a social media message is from a real friend. It’s easier for scammers to impersonate real people on social media. Call your friend to verify they contacted you (and share this Scam Alert with them if they are spreading false information).
If you’ve spotted a scam (whether or not you’ve lost money), report it to BBB.org/ScamTracker. Your report can help others avoid falling victim to scams.
Need info on the stimulus plan? Go HERE