By now you should have received your Stimulus Check from the US government due to the Coronavirus. If you are fortunate, you have been able to just put that in the bank to pay bills and take care of expenses.
However, there are people out there who will try and tell you what to do with your stimulus check and they don’t mean in a good way. Before the checks were even sent, tele-scammers were targeting people who needed them money quickly, offering to give an advance on the money, much like a payday lender, then charging exorbitant interest after the fact.
Some scammers have tried phishing tactics—claiming to be from the government and requesting private information. They tell people that they can’t receive their check if they don’t answer the questions.
Remember, never provide the following information over the phone unless you have placed the phone call and know you are speaking directly to an actual government agency. This information includes:
Social Security number
Bank account number