Waiting for your stimulus check? Watch for these scams!

Posted at 8:37 AM, Apr 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-01 10:37:41-04

IDAHO — The new round of stimulus checks has begun hitting bank accounts--which is great news for millions of Americans--but for scammers, it means another chance to try and steal your information.

The Better Business Bureau says last time checks were released, scammers tried to contact people through phone calls, texts, and emails about their stimulus checks--and it's possible they'll try it again this time.

A third round of stimulus checks is slated to begin hitting bank accounts this weekend. While many are pros when it...

Posted by Better Business Bureau of Idaho on Friday, March 12, 2021

If you get a text or an email with a link to an application, beware! It's probably a scam. The BBB says sometimes scammers will call, posing as a government agency, in hopes of stealing your personal and financial information.

"Sometimes they even ask for a small fee in order to (allegedly) get you your stimulus funds faster," explained Rebecca Barr with the BBB.

If you didn't get your stimulus via direct deposit, make sure to watch for those prepaid debit cards or checks that come in the mail from the IRS. Those are legit--so make sure you don't throw those away!

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