Officials expect Coronavirus scams to begin

    Washington, DC (ABC) - The U.S. Postal Inspection Service said scam artists are standing by trying to get your stimulus payments.

    The federal government expects tens of millions of Americans to receive a check this week as part of a stimulus package to revive the nation amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    The scammers can use letters, emails, or even phone calls.

    Donna Harris, Investigator for the U.S. Postal Service said any crisis is an opportunity for a scam.  She said the stimulus checks are a lucrative target, "To get it earlier or to deposit it quicker and get your money faster they will ask you to send them x amount of dollars.  It's just a new variation on an old scam similar to lottery and sweepstakes."

    She said the scammer will give the victim a check and claim they can cash it immediately.  Then they add you must send them money to pay for taxes and fees.

    She urges people who receive such a proposal to report it to authorities.

     

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