Better Business Bureau warns about new scams as stimulus checks go out

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By RADIO.COM

As another round of stimulus checks goes out to the American people, scammers are hoping to take advantage.

The Better Business Bureau issued warnings about new scams circulating as checks make their way into banks accounts and mailboxes.

The agency reports scammers are contacting people claiming to be the IRS and stating that they need additional information to send the money.

“The IRS will directly deposit it into your account or send you a check or debit card,” said North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein per WGN-TV.

“They will not call you and ask for your bank account information or your social security number. If someone does that they are a criminal and you should hang up,” he added.

Another scheme involves text messages that prompt you to click on a link, which leads to a phony site hoping to capture personal information such as your social security number.

“Your social security number is the real key that a lot of people want to get into a variety of things,” said Tim Maniscalo of the Better Business Bureau.

Experts emphasized that you should not respond to any text messages, emails, robo-calls, or click any unsolicited links hoping to phish information.

Another popular scam finds scammers hoping to convince people that there are processing fees associated with stimulus checks.

The Federal Trade Commission has a section online warning about stimulus check scams and how to remain vigilant. You can report scams at ftc.gov/complaint.

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