Urgent warning about ‘stimulus scammers’ targeting your personal information
Urgent warning about ‘stimulus scammers’ targeting your personal information

Urgent warning about ‘stimulus scammers’ targeting your personal information

AN EXPERT warned that “stimulus scammers” could be targeting your privacy – here are the warning signs you need to keep an eye on.

The new tax scam sees scammers sending text messages or emails to individuals claiming to be eligible for a new stimulus check.

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Stimulus scammers could target your personal information such as your social security numberCredit: Alamy

The scammers will then pretend to offer you a conditional check in exchange for your personal information, such as your social security, bank account or credit card numbers.

The founder of the Internet Safety Group, told Dave Moore KTUL ABC 8 that a general rule for spotting a scam is that if it sounds too good to be true, it certainly is.

He said fraud seems to be on the rise in the tax season, with stimulus scammers being the latest trend.

He said: “Of course they’re not trying to give you incentive money, it’s just bait.

“When you start being asked for that kind of thing, run away quickly. Just rescue.”

Moore added that the government will not contact you that way, and if they email you, it will be from a .gov address.

He added: “The government will not reach out to you and say, hi, we would like to give you some money.

“And they will certainly never send you an email saying they want you to fill out a form somewhere without being able to give a confirmation.”

Moore said the IRS and other federal agencies are working to catch the scammers, but it’s safer for individuals to be able to recognize a scam.

“I have worked with victims of identity theft, where it took almost a year to get things fixed,” he said.

“It’s very difficult. It’s a road you do not want to go down.”

The scammers will contact you and say that you are eligible for another stimulus check

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The scammers will contact you and say that you are eligible for another stimulus checkCredit: Getty

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