FBI: look out for fraud schemes related to your stimulus check

Posted at 12:36 PM, Mar 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 13:36:48-04

The FBI says scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both.

The FBI issued a warning to look out for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive your economic stimulus check from the government.

"While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money," said the FBI.

The IRS will never call or e-mail you for your bank account number. The department is using tax information to send you the money.

The FBI also says to watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations claiming to offer information on the virus.

People should not not click links or open attachments they do not recognize.

According to the FBI, fraudsters can use links in emails to deliver malware to your computer to steal personal information or to lock your computer and demand payment.

People should be cautious of anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19.

These products can include counterfeit products such as sanitizing products and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), N95 respirator masks, goggles, full face shields, protective gowns, and gloves.

If you believe you have come across a scam, report it to the FBI here.