The criminal mind is tirelessly at work in its nefarious attempt to get your money. The Modesto Police Department therefore releases this warning –
t”No Fooling, scammers will be working hard to take your money during this time. Before you’ve even gotten your stimulus check comes a warning from the FBI and the State Attorney General’s office.
✔️Don’t fall victim to phone calls, texts, emails or websites that ask for personal or financial information in order to receive your federal payment.
✔️You do not need to make payments upfront to receive your stimulus check.
✔️The IRS will not ask for you bank information.
✔️People who file tax returns electronically and provide the IRS with their bank information will likely get their payments earlier through direct deposit.
✔️Paper checks are expected to take longer to mail and be received.
✔️You’ll receive a notice by mail no later than 15 days after the payment was distributed detailing the amount, how it was sent and an IRS phone number to call if the funds fail to arrive.
✔️Most Americans will receive up to $1200.
Scammers change their methods frequently.
Current coronavirus scams include:
• Testing and treatment scams – Beware of offers for “home” test kits and unknown “miracle” cures. They don’t exist. Scammers are also targeting Medicare recipients and offer COVID-19 testing in an attempt to steal personal information.
• FDIC and banking – People pretend to call from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or your bank and say your bank account or your ability to get cash are in danger and ask for your personal information.
• Checks from the government – Scammers say they’re from the government and ask for your personal information or try to charge you fake fees for getting your stimulus check or offer you a way to get the money early.
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