BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU WARNS OF STIMULUS CHECK SCAMS

Scammers are trying to take advantage of people during the COVID-19 scare, and the Better Business Bureau wants to warn you.

The BBB has received reports of scammers attempting to swindle money or personal information from people as it pertains to the stimulus checks through emails, calls and even texts. Some claim to be the government needing to confirm information. Others claim they can get you your check faster, but at a cost.

“If someone just cold calls you making these types of offers, these types of claims, I would certainly be very hesitant of someone calling you that’s claiming to be a federal government employee,” said Garet Smitherman, the BBB’s Vice President of Operations. “I don’t know about anybody else but I personally have never been contacted by the federal government via telephone or via email. Generally that’s not a common means of contact. So just being aware, using common sense.”

Smitherman encourages everyone to look at and report any scams at BBB.org/scamtracker.

Stimulus checks will come through direct deposit using 2018 federal tax income information. If that has since changed, or you do not have direct deposit, your check would arrive in the mail.

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