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Acadia Sheriff warns of COVID-19 stimulus relief scams

Posted at 11:08 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 12:08:42-04

The Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office is warning residents of scams regarding coronavirus stimulus checks.

Sheriff K.P. Gibson says that scammers are using the recently passed stimulus package as a means to conduct fraudulent activity.

The activity is done through text message, according to Sheriff Gibson, and directs recipients to a link for COVID-19 stimulus relief. The link then asks for personal information to process the relief funding

Federal agencies have said that no information regarding the stimulus relief will be sent to anyone via text message. Funds will also not be sent via text.

The Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions says that people need to be aware and guard against these types of scams.

To read more about the scams and how to protect against them, click here.

The IRS will supply information on how to receive the economic impact payments or stimulus checks via their website.