FTC Warns Against Government Check Scams...

Mar 20, 2020

WBIR - As the plans for a nationwide relief package are being finalized, scammers are already using it to their advantage. Here’s how the FTC says you can tell it’s fake.

WASHINGTON — While the specifics of a virus relief plan are still being worked out by Congress, scammers aren’t waiting around. Some are jumping at the chance to try and take advantage of the situation. While the details of the federal coronavirus economic rescue plan are still being worked out, the Federal Trade Commission, a consumer protection agency, is trying to get ahead of potential scams. An email is going around claiming to be from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. “In line with the directive of the President,” it reads, “we are hereby directed to request the details to which your 1000USD check will be mailed to.” It then asks for the recipients to share their names, address, bank name, “routine number” as well as their Social Security number and bank account. There are some obvious red flags here that show it is false.

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