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WV AG Warns Consumers of Stimulus Check Scams

January 5th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warned consumers to beware of potential scams as they await their federal stimulus checks.

 The federal government is sending stimulus checks to each household in coming days or weeks as part of a larger COVID-19 relief package. While many consumers eagerly await the money, it is imperative they watch for scams and protect sensitive information.

 “Many Americans are understandably anxious for their stimulus check to arrive,” Morrisey said. “Don’t be impatient and, in haste, fall for a scam. Consumers should take steps and carefully verify any unsolicited email, text message or phone call. This will help ensure that you do not lose money or personal, identifiable information.”

 Consumers should note that government agencies will not call, text, email or contact individuals via social media asking for information such as Social Security numbers or bank account numbers.