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Coronavirus

DeKalb police warn of potential stimulus scams

The DeKalb Police Department.
The DeKalb Police Department.

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The DeKalb Police Department issued a statement warning against potential scams regarding the recently passed economic stimulus package.

The stimulus checks individuals will receive will be automatically deposited into a bank account on file with the IRS. Those without a bank account set up with the IRS will have checks mailed to them.

The statement said that the IRS will not call you and ask to verify payment details. Do not give out bank account or any other personal information.

Calls regarding the check should be hung up on without engaging, the statement said. Texts or emails received claiming recipients can get more money or receive it faster should be deleted. Don't click any links from those emails.

The statement said reports are also swirling about bogus checks. If you receive a “stimulus check” in the mail now, it’s a fraud – it will take the Treasury a few weeks to mail those out. If you receive a “stimulus check” for an odd amount (especially one with cents), or a check that requires that you verify the check online or by calling a number, it’s a fraud.

If you’ve spotted a scam, you can report it to BBB.org/ScamTracker. Your report can help others avoid falling victim to scams.
For more information regarding your stimulus check: www.irs.gov/coronavirus

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