COVID-19 Update - Stimulus-Package Scams
Friday, March 27 CCCU
FBI issues warning about COVID-19 stimulus-package scams
Hackers and scammers online have ramped up attacks to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic, and that could mean targeting the US' COVID-19 relief effort next, the FBI has warned.
On Wednesday, the US Senate passed a $2 trillion aid package to financially support people affected by the coronavirus outbreak. With businesses temporarily closing and a record 3.3 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits because of the pandemic, the stimulus deal is intended to help boost the US economy.
The package offers direct payments of $1,200 to most adults making up to $75,000, or $2,400 for couples making up to $150,000. It'll also expand unemployment benefits and provide laid-off workers full pay for four months.
If you receive calls, emails, or other communications claiming to be from the Treasury Department and offering COVID-19 related grants or stimulus payments in exchange for personal financial information, or an advance fee, or charge of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not respond. These are scams. Don’t ever give your Social Security number, account number, routing number, Visa card number, or debit card number out by phone or email
. Please contact the FBI at www.ic3.gov
so that the scammers can be tracked and stopped.