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  • Scammers Are Cashing In On New COVID Relief Check News

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    December 31, 2020
     
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    Scammers Are Cashing In On New COVID Relief Check News
     
    Pensacola, Fla. (December 31, 2020) The new pandemic relief bill includes stimulus checks (or direct deposit) for most Americans, and scammers are already taking advantage of the news. BBB Scam Tracker has reports of con artists claiming that you need to either pay for your stimulus check or provide personal information to receive it. Watch out for scam calls as this new government initiative rolls out.
    How the Scam Works
    As always, there are several versions of this con. BBB Scam Tracker has received reports from people contacted through text message, email, and phone calls about the new COVID-19 stimulus checks.
    According to reports, watch out for email or text messages instructing you to click a link to "request benefit payments." The link will take you to an application, which prompts you to enter information in order to "make sure you are getting all the payments owed to you."  Of course, this “application” is really a way to phish for personal details and opens you up to risk of identity theft.
    In a phone variation, the scammer pretends to be calling from a government agency. The con artist insists you need to pay money - or "confirm” your personal information - before you can receive your stimulus check. Other times, scammers claim that you can get additional money or even receive your funds immediately. All you need to do is pay a small “processing fee" through a pre-paid debit card.
    Protect Yourself From Government Imposters:
    • Stay calm. If you receive any of these impostor calls, resist the urge to act immediately, no matter how dramatic the story is. Scammers try to get you to act before you have a chance to think.
    • Don't reply directly. Don’t respond to the call, text, or email. If you think the message may be real, find the government agencies’ contact information on their website and contact them directly.
    • Check for look-a-likes. Be sure to do your research and see if a government agency or organization actually exists. Scammers often make up names of agencies and/or grants.
    • Do not pay any money for a "free" government grant or program. 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. The only official list of all U.S. federal grant-making agencies is Grants.gov.
    Additional Information
    Read more about government grant scams in this BBB tip. For more information about scams in the wake of coronavirus, see BBB.org/Coronavirus.
    If you’ve been the victim of this or a similar scam, report it to BBB Scam Tracker. Your report can help educate other consumers by raising awareness of scammers’ tactics.
     
     
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    Tammy Ward, Communications Director
    Better Business Bureau Serving Northwest Florida
    912 E. Gadsden St.
    Pensacola, FL 32501
    p: 850.429.0026
    c: 850.612.2808
    f: 850.429.0006

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