Watch out for fraud as stimulus payments deposited, mailed, Florida AG warns

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Floridians aren’t the only ones excited about the stimulus payments from the federal government that have already started being deposited in bank accounts across the state.

Scammers are ready and willing to take advantage, too.

As the federal government begins delivering additional stimulus payments across the country in the new $166 billion stimulus package, Floridians should be wary of potential fraud related to the economic relief, Attorney General Ashley Moody warned in a video consumer alert.

Floridians are already receiving payments both through direct deposit and mailed checks.

Moody wants to make sure you can spot and avoid scams related to the federal payments.

“As we have seen throughout the pandemic, bad actors are looking for ways to exploit the crisis to steal money, government benefits and people’s identities,” Moody said. “With direct payments already received or on the way to Floridians’ bank accounts, I am asking consumers to remain vigilant in their efforts to identify and avoid scams designed to steal federal payments or personal information. The best way to do this is to stay informed about how and when you will receive your stimulus payment and avoid solicitations requiring personal information, upfront payments or other actions in exchange for federal money.”

The Internal Revenue Service has until Jan. 15 to deliver the payments. For more information and frequently asked questions about direct payments, click here.


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