For many Americans, the recent announcement of the Stimulus Bill was welcomed news. Unfortunately, this news also presented an opportunity for scammers to try to intercept this influx of liquid capital. There is already an increase being reported in the scams that we see every day, such as IRS debt, Amazon gift cards, Apple iTunes account access and ransomware. However, new agendas are being followed by cyber criminals to steal as much money as possible. Here’s what you need to look out for:
- Requests for verification of information – The IRS, department of Social Security, Department of Transportation nor any other branch of government will be calling you, emailing you or mailing you asking you to verify information relating to your social security number, date of birth, financial information, routing and account numbers or credit card information. Please be aware that these attempts to gather this information are not legitimate or valid.
- Payments or Fees to receive funds – The information verified at the time of this writing include stipulations to the stimulus payments. Money owed to the IRS, student loans in default or other moneys owed to the government are not disqualifiers for receiving the stimulus check. The only verified restriction on receiving the stimulus check to date is owing child support. Whether this applied to you or not, there are no plans in place that will provide or allow a payment plan, or a payoff to ensure you receive a stimulus. There will not be any legitimate services that you can use to change your qualifying status.
- Other Stimulus Plans are not legitimate – There is a clear guideline of what payments will be and what the qualifications are to receive those payments. There are no other incentives that you can pay for, in order to receive more money.
In summation, do not release personal or financial information to anyone, do not attempt to circumvent the restrictions and guidelines put in place, and do not attempt to purchase any incentive programs to qualify for additional funding. If you have any questions about the legitimacy of any communication you receive, please check with the FTC here.
As always, stay safe and protect yourself and your business. If you have any security concerns or need any technical consulting, SNC is always on standby to help. Please call us at (713) 366-3412.