BBB: New round of stimulus checks triggers more scams

How to get your stimulus check faster
Posted at 5:46 PM, Jan 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 18:48:05-05

With a new round of stimulus checks being mailed and deposited into bank accounts, the Better Business Bureau is warning Americans to look out for a new round of scams.

The BBB says it is already getting reports of scammers claiming that residents need to either pay for the stimulus check or provide personal information to receive it.

Scammers are using emails and text messages with a link to an application, which prompts you to enter information to "make sure you are getting all the payments owed to you." And over the phone, scammers pretend to be from a government agency and insist you need to pay money or confirm your personal information before you can receive your stimulus check - all you need to do is pay a "processing fee" through a pre-paid debit card.

Officials say if you receive any imposter phone calls, emails, or texts, stay calm and don't reply directly. Check for look-alikes and never pay any money for a "free" grant or program. There are no processing fees involved with the stimulus payments.

Find more information about the economic impact payments here.

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