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COVID CROOKS Scammers will try to steal stimulus check payments via fraud, phishing and seizure, government warns

The Sun

AMERICANS have been warned scammers could try to steal stimulus checks as they start going out from today.

The government has alerted those due to receive a $1,400 check that crooks may try to snag payments using methods including fraud, phishing and seizure.

Scammers may attempt to send out fraudulent checks with instructions to call a number in a bid to get hold of banking details, or use fake emails, text messages and phone calls containing keywords such as "Covid" and "stimulus" to try to gain sensitive information such as passwords.

Stimulus checks are set to be released as soon as today after Joe Biden signed off on $1,400 payments in the latest $1.9trillion Covid relief package.


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