As many of you know, Coronavirus stimulus checks will soon be arriving across the country and there are a few things the Federal Trade Commission and we cPort want you to be on alert for, so you don’t fall victim to a scam.
There is no need to ‘sign up’ or give your personal info: There is nothing to sign up for to receive your stimulus check. The government will never call or email you asking for your Social Security number, PayPal account, personal or bank information.
No early bird checks: “No one has early access to this money. Anyone that claims to have so is a scammer,” the agency says. There is not an exact timeline in place for when checks will be going out, but they will likely be distributed throughout the coming weeks.
You do not need to do anything: The agency says, “As long as you filed taxes for 2018 and/or 2019, the federal government likely has the information it needs to send you your money.”
There are no fees: The government will never ask you to pay upfront to get your stimulus check.
We will continue to update you with new scams and ways to avoid fraud during COVID-19. Stay informed by visiting the cPort Member Info HUB on our website. If you still have questions after visiting the Info HUB, please reach out to us through cportcu.org, our social media channels, or by calling Member Care at 1-800-464-0253.
Remember, cPort is always here to help. If you receive a suspicious call or text, call cPort directly at 1-800-464-0253. Even if our offices are closed, option 2 on our main menu will connect you to 24/7 card support.
To get official updates visit the IRS’s Economic Impact Payments Page.