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How US citizens can avoid coronavirus related scams

united States lawmakers are working on a $1 trillion stimulus package to provide relief to Americans across the country who have been adversely affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic. As it warned Americans of the possibility that scammers may use the news of this governmental measure as an opportunity to rip-off private records from unsuspecting Americans--such as social security numbers and bank account information.

"Since there are reports that the United States Government will possibly be sending money by check or direct deposit to American citizens 'shortly,' the [Federal Trade Commission] has made a list of three important tips to keep in mind," the thread stated.

LPT: Since there are reports that the United States Government will possibly be sending money by check or direct deposit to American citizens "shortly," the FTC has made a list of three important tips to keep in mind. from LifeProTips The Reddit thread listed the three points posted Wednesday by Jennifer Leach, the associate director of the division of consumer and business education for the FTC, in the agency website's blog:

"1. The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. No fees. No charges. No nothing.

2. The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.

3. These reports of checks aren't yet a reality. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer."

"Consumers should know that at this time, there is no known product that can treat or cure the virus...It's also very important consumers continue to file complaints with the FTC if they feel they have seen or been defrauded by a coronavirus-related scam. This is one of the best ways we can not only get information about potential scams out there, but where they are being seen geographically. Consumers who feel they have been defrauded by a coronavirus-related scam should file a complaint with the FTC online, providing as much information about the scam as possible."

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