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FRAUD ALERT                                              March 2020

Checks from the Government-

Some important information from the

Federal Trade Commission

 

As the Coronavirus takes a growing toll on people’s pocketbooks, there are reports that the government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to each of us. The details are still being worked out, but there are a few really important things to know, no matter what this looks like.

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

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

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

Look, normally we’d wait to know what the payment plan looks like before we put out a message like this. But these aren’t normal times. And we predict that the scammers are gearing up to take advantage of this.

So, remember: no matter what this payment winds up being, only scammers will ask you to pay to get it.

 

If you become a victim of one of these scams, please contact the Bucks County Consumer Protection Department via email at consumerprotection@buckscounty.org If you do not have access to a computer, please call the office at 215-348-6060.

 

Bucks County Crimes Against Older Adults Task Force

Bucks County District Attorney’s Office: 215-348-6344

Bucks County Area Agency on Aging: 267-880-5700

Bucks County Coroner’s Office: 215-348-3852

Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA): 1-800-675-6900

A Woman’s Place (AWP):  1-800-220-8116

Bucks County Office of Consumer Protection: 215-348-6060

Bucks County Register of Wills: 215-348-6265

US Dept. of Health and Human Services/OIG: 1-800-447-8477

www.buckscounty.org/CrimesAgainstOlderAdults 

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