State leaders say new scam is targeting your stimulus check

State leaders say new scam is targeting your stimulus check
Posted at 10:24 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 23:50:50-04
Stimulus checks scam

Scammers are getting their hands on your money is by targeting mail boxes.

Some are mailing out "fake paper checks" to trick you into giving out important information.

"Desperation causes people to trust..people that they may not otherwise," said U.S. Attorney David Joseph.

Joseph says his office has received multiple reports of people getting scammed out their stimulus checks. He says some are falling victim to phone calls, textx, and emails that's asking for personal information.

"They call pretending to be a person from the government from the IRS asking for verification of some personal information in exchange for early receipt of a economic impact payment.They will say your payment has been tied up, it's going to take a long time unless you pay this upfront fee to to then receive your check to then receive your check sooner, said Joseph.

Joseph has a warning on what to be on the look out for if you're expecting a check in the mail.

"If the letter in the envelop included with the check or the check itself asking you to call a number to verify to receipt or to or to log on to a website to verify a receipt that's not real that's fake. The treasury checks is gonna be like a regular check you can endorse the back and you can deposit it into your bank account," said Joseph.

Joseph says the IRS is never going to ask you for personal information.

"They use your last tax return to then direct deposit money or send you a check directly to your mailbox that's it. If you receive calls or emails from anybody asking for information hang up," said Joseph.