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Second round of stimulus checks trigger news scams

Posted at 2:31 PM, Jan 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-03 17:31:55-05

The Better Business Bureau is putting out a warning as new stimulus checks start to go out.

The BBB says it is already getting reports of scammers contacting people, claiming you need to provide personal information to receive the funds.

Experts say you should not respond to any text messages, emails, or robocalls claiming information is required to receive your stimulus check.

Some scammers have also been saying there are processing fees.

In some cases, Americans may receive a debit card worth the amount of a stimulus check, but it's always a good idea to confirm to make sure it's legitimate before using it.

The BBB adds to never click on unsolicited links, and if you get a call from someone claiming to be the IRS, do not give out your personal information. Instead, they say, you can always call the IRS directly to see if someone is, in fact, looking for you.

Anyone who claims they can get your stimulus money to you faster is a scammer because there is no such process, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Be on the lookout for anyone claiming they can get your payment to you immediately via wife transfer, credit, prepaid debit or a gift card. The FTC reports that $20.9 million in fraud occurred during the first round of stimulus checks related to scammers claiming they would send the payment via credit card, followed by debit card and cash app scams.