If you are anxiously waiting for another stimulus check from the government, do not be fooled by the scams going around. They try to convince you to give bank information or money in order to expedite your stimulus payment. Here are some current examples of stimulus check scams:
- Email from Joseph Simons, the FTC Chairman: This official-looking letter appears to be from the government. It even comes with a “certificate of approval” for your stimulus check. They ask you to pay taxes on your stimulus check before receiving it. This can be in the form of sending cash or gift cards. DO NOT send cash or gift cards to anyone.
- Text Asking for Bank Information: Another stimulus check scam that has been reported is a text that asks for your bank information so the stimulus check can go directly into your bank account. This is a scam. Do not send your bank information to an unconfirmed source. Report the scam immediately.
If you are confused about why you haven’t received your stimulus check, contact a trusted family member or organization to help you.
When it comes to recognizing scams, you can look for red flags that can help you. Here are a few examples:
- Bad grammar and spelling
- Complicated email address
- Asking for prepaid taxes when taxes aren’t collected on stimulus checks
- Asking for cash, gift cards, or personal bank information
Look at the source. Even if the letter or email looks official, what is the email address? Does it match the group’s official email address without additional letters mixed in? You can call the government agency and ask if they sent the email. Or you can search the letter on Google and find out if it is listed as a common scam. Always ask a trusted friend or organization for help if you are unsure.
This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal or medical advice.