Coronavirus Scams: Watch Out For These Red Flags

Written by on April 2, 2020

Coronavirus Scams: Watch Out For These Red Flags

By Megan Frank

April 2, 2020

Photo | Megan Frank / WLVR

The entire state of Pennsylvania has been ordered to stay-at-home, WLVR’s Megan Frank reports. But con artists may still be working overtime to take advantage of people. As residents await stimulus checks from the U-S government, Pennsylvania State Police are warning people that schemes to swindle that money are ramping up.

State trooper David Peters is keeping an eye on scammers who are trying to cash-in on the coronavirus crisis.

He says law enforcement agencies have received reports about phone, text and email messages that claim to offer sign-up forms for quick delivery of stimulus checks. 

Peters says the claims are false, noting that the IRS is forgoing paper checks. Instead, qualifying Americans are eligible to receive up to $1,200 through direct deposit.

“People are out of work right now and they’re anticipating that money coming their way. The IRS or treasury department is not going to contact you for your banking information. Everything is going off your tax number, so it’s an automatic process. You don’t have to sign up, you don’t have to click on web pages or open emails people may send you,” said Peters.

He says the U.S. government will never call, email, or text you asking for bank details, social security numbers, or money.

Peters stressed that no non-government agency or processing fee will get you your money sooner, either. 

The IRS says it’s using direct deposit information it already has on file to deliver the money in the next two to three weeks. 


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