MEMBER FRAUD ALERT
Fraudsters have been quick to deploy scams involving the coronavirus stimulus package that would include direct payments to individuals and married couples filing jointly.
In response to the federal stimulus package, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) reported that fraudsters have deployed a variety of scams involving coronavirus stimulus checks.
There are several reports of coronavirus scams where individuals are contacted through text messages, social media post /messages, or phone calls. One version of the scam targets seniors through a Facebook post informing them that they can get a special grant to help pay medical bills.
The link within the post takes them to a bogus website claiming to be a government agency called the “U.S. Emergency Grants Federation” where they are asked to provide their Social Security Number under the guise of needing to verify their identity. In other versions, fraudsters claim individuals can get additional money – up to $150,000 in some cases. The victims are asked to pay a “processing fee” to receive a grant.
- Government agencies do not communicate through social media outlets, such as Facebook.
- Never pay a fee for a government grant. A government agency will never request an advanced processing fee to receive the grant.
- The only official list of all U.S. federal grant-making agencies can be found at www.grants.gov.