Coronavirus Stimulation Verification – FOX13 News Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Scammers across the country continue to cheat people with scams with free money in an attempt to steal their money or information.

The BBC said most of the recent scams reported involved stimulus checks the government would send to citizens.

Here are some of the scams reported to the BBB this week:

  • A phone call indicating that student loans qualify you for immediate relief from COVID-19. The woman who reported the scam said she had no student loans.
  • Two Facebook posts from someone posing as a government official who says you are eligible for an immediate COVID -19 grant. Both targets were offered grants of $ 50,000 to $ 300,000 if they paid an upfront fee by gift card or wire transfer. One victim said the person contacting her was posing as William Barr, the United States Attorney General.
  • A Facebook message from a “friend” asking you to call a specified number and give your Social Security number so you can know when you will receive your government relief check. The woman who reported the scam said several members of her church told her about it believing it to be real.
  • SMS asking for your Social Security number to see if you qualify for $ 50,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The money was intended for the elderly affected by the coronavirus.
  • A text message saying that if you confirmed your bank account information and paid $ 50, you could get your stimulus check immediately.
  • The FBI has warned of an SMS scam that appears to be from Costco offering you $ 100 to spend there. The FBI says that if you click on the link, malware will be downloaded to your device.

Better Business Bureau said to remember:

  • The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get the stimulus money. No charges. No charges. No nothing.
  • The government does not need you to provide your personal information to receive your payment. They will either deposit money into the account you indicated on your tax return last year or send you a check. Anyone who asks you for your social security number, bank account, or credit card number is a con artist.
  • Checks are not yet mailed. Anyone who tells you they can expedite your check for a fee is a con artist.
  • Never give your bank details to someone you don’t know. The crooks will call you and trick you into disclosing your bank account information so that they can steal the money from the account.
  • Lookalikes and sound similarities aren’t the real thing. It is not because the appellant claims to be with the government that he is. Scammers come up with official sounding names to trick you.
  • Phone numbers can be misleading. Scammers “spoof” their phone numbers to change what you see in caller ID. They could call from anywhere.

If you spot a scam, please report it to the Better Business Bureau at bbb.org/scamtracker.


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