The FTC Wants You Extra Wary of "Government Check" Scams

Man looking at a letter, trying to determine if it is a scam.
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Right now, the United States government is talking very seriously about sending a check to all Americans to help them overcome the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what the FTC wants you to know to avoid getting scammed.

For a quick overview of what’s going on with the discussion on personal economic stimulus checks, see this article USA Today for a concise overview of what we know so far.

In the meantime, the Federal Trade Commission really wants you to listen to avoid being flanked at a time when people are most vulnerable.

In A press release, Issued directly by the associate director of the consumer and business education division Jennifer Leach, the organization warns people against the certain arrival of scammers “government checks”:

1. The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. No charges. No charges. No nothing.

2. The government will not call to ask for your social security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does this is a con artist.

3. These control reports are not yet a reality. Anyone who tells you they can make money now is a con artist.

Look, normally, we wait until we know what the payment plan looks like before we post a message like this. But these are not normal times. And we expect scammers to prepare to take advantage of it.

So remember: no matter the amount of this payment, only the scammers will ask you to pay to get it. If you spot any of these scams, please report them to the Federal Trade Commission: We do our best to stop these scammers in their tracks, and your report will help you.

There are a lot of people all over the world – but mostly in the industries that depend on travel, hospitality, catering and other social economy, as well as the myriad of adjacent industries that support them and provide them – who range from experiencing a lot of stress and unbearable economic insecurity in the weeks and months to come.

While we still hope you like our articles enough to share them with your friends, we do encourage you to share this information with everyone, especially the people in your life who might be most vulnerable to the lure of scams. who will inevitably come their way.

The last thing anybody the need right now – especially after finding out that they won’t be, say, catering events or setting up concert halls for a while – is to be a victim of identity theft .

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