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Better Business Bureau warns about stimulus scams

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Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 8:36 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - As stimulus checks are deposited into accounts for individuals and families across the U.S., the Better Business Bureau warns that scammers know that many have been waiting on the money and they’ll try to take advantage.

“If you get anything unsolicited that is requesting information or asking you to act immediately, take the time and think about it,” said BBB State Director Denise Groene.

She also warned that if you receive an email or a text message from the IRS, it’s likely a scam.

“Because a lot of times, these emails will contain links they want you to click on, and those links typically contain malware and viruses that are going to download on your computer and create future damage for you,” Groene said.

The BBB offers the following tips to spot scams:

  • Stay calm. Resist the urge to act immediately, no matter how dramatic the story is. Scammers try to get people to act before thinking about the situation.
  • Don’t reply directly. Don’t respond to unknown calls, texts, or emails. If you think the message may be real, find the government agencies’ contact information on the Internet and contact them directly.
  • Check for look-alikes. Research to see if the government agency or organization that contacted you actually exists. Scammers often make up names of agencies and/or grants.
  • Do not pay any money for a “free” government grant or program.  It is not really free if there is a fee involved. A real government agency will not ask for an advanced processing fee.  Instead, find out if the agency is legitimate by checking grants.gov.

For more information regarding COVID-19 scams, click HERE.

To make a report to the BBB Scam Tracker, click HERE.

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