STATEWIDE – The federal stimulus package would put a check in the hands of almost every American, offsetting lost income due to the coronavirus crisis.
Already, scammers are looking to take advantage of people receiving the money.
According to the Better Business Bureau, some people are using social media as a way to trick people into getting some cash.
“What we’re seeing happen is they say, ‘If you give $50, you’ll get back X-amount,'” said Paula Fleming of the Better Business Bureau. “And people think, ‘Well, it’s short money to get a significant sum,’ so that’s a scam right there as well.”
Fleming said if someone is trying to contact you through a government agency, they won’t be doing it through social media, so you should be wary of that.
“You want to know and research. Take the time right now to do that,” Fleming said. “So whether it’s a stimulus check coming in or a loan application that you’re putting out, you want to make sure the person on the other end is a trusted source”
For more information on coronavirus-related scams, visit the B.B.B.’s website.