Scam alert - stimulus payments

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Scam Alert: The federal government is seeing an increase in scams related to federal stimulus payments including phone calls, text messages and e-mails phishing for information. 

The messaging includes variations of language such as:
"in order to receive your/your client's stimulus payment via direct deposit, we need you to confirm the banking information" 

and they are gathering that information via telephone or directing victims to click on a link that takes them to a website where they enter their banking information. 

Here’s some important things to know:
  • 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.

If you spot a scam, please tell the Federal Trade Commission. The Washington State Office of the Attorney General also has information and resources for reporting scams.



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