BBB Warns Of New Stimulus Check Scams With Second Rollout
A second stimulus check has been approved and with that, of course, comes scammers trying to prey on these unprecedented times.
The Better Business Bureau is issuing a warning to all, stating that scammers are already trying to take advantage of the second stimulus check rollout and to use caution so you don't become a victim.
The main ruse scammers are using this time around goes as follows: a resident receives an email or text message which states you must click on the link they give you to "request benefit payments" or your stimulus check.
The link is fake but it directs you to an application which looks legitimate. It asks you to enter basic information about yourself, saying that filling out the application will ensure you get your entire stimulus check. We all know this is a scam.
The Better Business Bureau is warning of a few other scams in light of the second stimulus check being rolled out. They work as follows:
- A scammer calls you and poses as a government official. The scammers asks you to confirm your personal information and / or asks for money, stating these are the only two ways you will get your stimulus check.
- A scammer will contact you stating that you can get more money on your stimulus check or get your stimulus check immediately if you pay a small processing fee.
All of these scams have one thing in common: they are a means for scammers to get money out of you or to steal your personal information. We are used to these types of scams, as similar scams were reported during the first round of checks that were issued in 2020.
As always, do not give out personal information unless you know the source is legitimate and know that the stimulus check will be dropped into your account or mailed, as it was the first time around.