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VIRUS SCAM ALERT: Cons Will Try to Steal Your Coronavirus Stimulus Check Money...Before You Even Get It!

Corona virus scam: stealing stimulus check money

Read, learn and share this important message with others.

Fact: The U.S. Government will be mailing or direct depositing checks to most working Americans over the next few weeks (as of March 28, 2020). You do not have to do a thing to get your check.

Sad Fact: Still, scammers will be targeting millions, maybe you, with a fraudulent scheme to help you get that money faster...at a price.

What to do. Be patient and don't talk to strangers or outsiders—by phone, email or text—about getting your payment. They are most surely scam artists.

Don't Be Fooled! The coronavirus situation triggered a $2 trillion U.S. government stimulus relief bill, and within a few weeks or months, you will likely get a stimulus check, either in their mailbox or electronically deposited into one of your bank accounts.

There is nothing you have to do but wait for it—and it's good idea to practice patience, as difficult as that might be.

Because scammers and fraudsters are expected to start targeting us immediately to coax money from people who are excited about getting their stimulus checks.

FBI warnings.

The FBI and other government officials wasted no time in warning of fraudulent schemes that are sure to come out of the woodworks to try to steal our money. The Attorney General of New York, Leticia James, issued this statement as soon as the checks were announced: "Do not pay anyone who promises that they can expedite or obtain a payment or a loan for you. 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."

There is NO agency or company that can give you
an advance on your stimulus check or help you get it faster.

If ANYBODY asks you for bank or personal details in order for you
to get your check, they are scammers!

Follow this advice and stay safe!

  • Do not talk to anyone, other than family and friends, about your stimulus check.
  • Do not provide any banking information to anyone pretending to be your bank, the IRS or another government agency.
  • Don't believe ANYONE who says you need to provide information to receive your stimulus check.
  • Never give anyone your PayPal or Venmo account information, Social Security number, or bank account numbers details.
  • Share this message ASAP with friends and family!

To find updated information about the stimulus checks, you can visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

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Article sources: USA Today, Detroit Free Press. May 28, 2020; the New York Times (March 28, 2020); CNN.com March 28, 2020 ("Beware Stimulus Check Scams")

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