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Attorney General Ashley Moody warns residents of stimulus check scams

Wednesday, Florida Attorney General issued a Consumer Alert in which she warned residents of...
Wednesday, Florida Attorney General issued a Consumer Alert in which she warned residents of stimulus check scams.(Office of the Attorney General Ashley Moody)
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 9:15 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Wednesday, Florida Attorney General issued a Consumer Alert in which she warned residents of stimulus check scams.

According to the alert, a there is a possibility of a resurgence in stimulus payment scams as another round of payments come in.

As part of a massive COVID-19 relief package, direct payments from the Internal Revenue Service are headed to the bank accounts and mailboxes of millions of Floridians—creating the potential for new stimulus payment scams. Anytime a government benefit or program rolls out, scammers will try to exploit the situation for their own benefit.

Moody said, “With many Americans set to receive direct payments from the federal government, we expect scammers will devise schemes to exploit the massive spending to trick recipients into parting with personal or financial information. Be smart. Seek out trusted sources of information about when your payment will be received and never respond to solicitations asking you to provide personal information or payment to receive a stimulus check.”

Moody outlined a few tips that those receiving payments should know:

  • The IRS will never call a consumer directly, nor will the IRS send unsolicited emails, texts or social media messages;
  • Recipients will not be required to make a purchase to receive a stimulus check;
  • Offers advertising expedited delivery of the stimulus payment for a fee are suspicious and can be scams; and
  • Solicitations asking receivers to click a link or provide sensitive information are probably scams.

She also outlined some common signs of scams, which include:

  • Unsolicited calls or emails;
  • High-pressure tactics or too-good-to-be-true offers;
  • Threats of loss if immediate action is not taken; and
  • Requests for immediate payment by wire transfer, credit, prepaid debit or gift cards.

You can watch the Consumer Alert below.

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