Federal stimulus check scams could be coming

Federal stimulus check scams are on their way, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro warns.

“Scammers go into overtime during uncertainty,” he said. “We’re doubling down to stop them and protect Pennsylvanians during this public health emergency.”​​

Shapiro issued a warning this week about potential scammers who want to profit from residents federal stimulus checks.

“Don’t take unsolicited calls that claim to be about the COVID-19 pandemic or the federal stimulus,” he said. “Report suspicious emails and calls to my office to help protect yourself and others.”

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Conor Lamb, D-PA 17th Congressional District, also warns the public about potential scams.

“To anyone foolish, selfish, and sick enough to prey on their fellow Americans at this time: we are watching, and you will be caught,”he said.“Congress approved these checks intending that every penny go to Americans in need. I thank Attorney General Shapiro for his help in making sure that comes true.”

Helpful scam tips

  • Check the websites and email addresses offering information, products, or services related to COVID-19. Be aware that scammers often employ addresses that differ only slightly from those belonging to the entities they are impersonating. For example, they might use “cdc.com” or “cdc.org” instead of “cdc.gov.”
  • Be wary of unsolicited emails offering information, supplies, or treatment for COVID-19 or requesting your personal information for other purposes.
  • Do not click on links or open email attachments from unknown or unverified sources. Doing so could download a virus onto your computer or device.

Consumers can sign up for text scam alerts, which offer tips to help avoid becoming a victim of a scam. The alerts warn about new scams or update subscribers on consumer protection issues. Pennsylvanians can sign up for these tips here.Consumers can also file a complaint about an active or potential scam here.

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