Attorney general warns about relief check scammers

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Posted 4/7/20

Scammers are using the checks the federal government is scheduled to send as part of the coronavirus stimulus package to encourage Coloradans to share bank account numbers or other sensitive personal …

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Attorney general warns about relief check scammers

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Scammers are using the checks the federal government is scheduled to send as part of the coronavirus stimulus package to encourage Coloradans to share bank account numbers or other sensitive personal information, according to a news release issued March 30 by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser.

“As Congress worked to complete the first COVID-19 economic stimulus package, scammers were already working to deceive Coloradans and take advantage of those eagerly awaiting federal relief,” Weiser said in a news release. “It’s important to remember that the federal government hasn’t issued a single stimulus check yet, and will not call you on the phone to ask for sensitive personal information. Anyone who calls claiming to be able to send money now — and asks for your personal information — is a scammer.”

The following are some ways to protect yourself from check scams:

• Don’t respond to texts and emails about checks from the government. The details are still being finalized. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.

• Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.

• The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money.

• The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account or credit card number.

Most Americans will receive up to $1,200 per person in coming weeks, as part of a $2 trillion stimulus package that was signed March 27. Parents will receive up to $500 for each child under age 17.

Those eligible for a payment will receive a payment directly from the IRS. The IRS specifies on its website that no sign-up is required, and there is no need to call. The agency will post additional information, when it’s available, at www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

If you notice any scams, fraud, price gouging, or other attempts to take advantage of Coloradans during this public health emergency, contact Stop Fraud Colorado at 800-222-4444 or StopFraudColorado.gov.

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