As the country responds to the threat of coronavirus, there are reports that the government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to each of us. 

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The details are still being worked out, but there are three important things to know right now to avoid becoming the victim of a scam, according to the Federal Trade Commission

  • The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. No fees. No charges. No nothing.

  • The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.

  • These reports of checks aren’t yet a reality. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.

Bottom line: Only scammers will ask you to pay to get it. 

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If you spot one of these scams, please tell the Federal Trade Commission:

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