Law enforcement agencies have been urging citizens to be aware of possible scams related to stimulus checks and other aspects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Some scam artists have been trying to take advantage of people's urgent need for government stimulus checks, police say, and they remind people that the Internal Revenue Service will not call people asking for bank account information. If people due a stimulus check have not yet received it, checks will either be automatically deposited using account information the IRS already has from your tax filings, or the IRS will send you a check in the mail.
The government will also not ask you to pay anything up front to get your check. No one can expedite your check for you. The government will also not call or email you to ask for your Social Security number or credit card number, and one does not need to “sign up” to receive your stimulus check.
Police also advise people not to click on links in emails or text messages, don’t fill out an attached census form as a means to receive a stimulus check (the two programs are not related) or reply to robe-phone calls from unrecognized sources.
Other possible scam attempts:
• People offering treatments or at-home coronavirus tests while claiming to be from the CDC.
• People pretending to be doctors or from a hospital that treated a family member for COVID-19.
• Fake shops, websites, social media accounts and email addresses to sell high-demand medical supplies like masks.
• People soliciting donations for people, groups or areas affected by the virus.
• People creating and controlling mobile apps used to track the virus’ spread, but have malware that steals personal and financial information.
• People preying on a lonely person to develop a friendship or romantic relationship and then obtain personal and financial information.
Independence Police spokesperson John Syme said the department hasn’t received but has issued advisories as a preventative measure.