Florida Attorney General Warns of Scams Related to the Federal Payments

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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning Floridians of scammers when it comes to their economic relief payments. Many people in Florida have already received their direct deposit and mailed checks, but those who have not should be aware of potential fraud.

Attorney General Moody wants to ensure that Floridians know how to spot and avoid scams related to the federal payments. On Tuesday, she issued a Consumer Alert that highlights scams pertaining to the latest stimulus payments and tips to keep Floridians from falling prey to them.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “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. 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.”

Be aware the IRS will never call or email you in reference to stimulus payments. Scammers continue to spoof the IRS, with recorded telephone messages or imposter robocalls to trick victims.

Listen to robocalls that have previously been used to target stimulus recipients! 

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will have all payments delivered by January 15, 2021. Track your stimulus payment!

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Tina Hodges is a Sebastian native. After graduating from Sebastian River High School, she studied Business Management & Marketing at Indian River State College. Tina worked for Dooney & Bourke for many years before she became our VP of Sales & Marketing & Journalist. Tina joined Sebastian Daily in 2016.