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SCARS™ ALERT: Checks From The Government – Scams
UPDATED: March 18, 2020
SOURCE: U.S. FTC
NOTE: This is a topic that may change at any time. To keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus-related scams go to www.ftc.gov/coronavirus »
Reports That The Government Will Soon Be Sending Money By Check Or Direct Deposit
As the Wuhan Coronavirus COVID-19 takes a growing toll on people’s pocketbooks, there are reports that the government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to each of us. The details are still being worked out, but there are a few really important things to know, no matter what this looks like.
- The government will not ask you to pay anything upfront to get this money. No fees. No charges. No nothing.
- The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.
- These reports of checks aren’t yet a reality. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.
Normally we’d wait to know what the payment plan looks like before we put out a message like this. But these aren’t normal times.
We Predict That The Scammers Are Gearing Up To Take Advantage Of This
So, remember: no matter what this payment winds up being, only scammers will ask you to pay to get it!
If you spot one of these scams, please tell the Federal Trade Commission: www.ftc.gov/complaint »
Everyone is doing their best to stop these scammers in their tracks, and your report will help. The U.S. Federal government has made it a priority to stop Coronavirus related scams so that it does not disrupt emergency information and containment.
Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus-related scams at www.ftc.gov/coronavirus »
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FAQ: How Do You Properly Report Scammers?
It is essential that law enforcement knows about scams & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.
Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:
- Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
- U.S. State Police (if you live in the U.S.) – they will take the matter more seriously and provide you with more help than local police
- Your National Police or FBI « www.IC3.gov »
- The SCARS|CDN™ Cybercriminal Data Network – Worldwide Reporting Network on « www.Anyscam.com »
This helps your government understand the problem, and allows law enforcement to add scammers on watch lists worldwide.
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