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Beware of stimulus check scams

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 20-110


Friday April 24, 2020 8:00 AM


Beware of stimulus check scams

Stimulus checks meant to help those who are cash-strapped or without employment during the COVID-19 pandemic are attracting scammers.
In a public service announcement (PSA) release Friday, April 24, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister advised residents to be on the lookout for unsolicited texts, emails or phone calls from criminals hoping to steal their money.
"It's unfortunate that during a global pandemic there are still people out there looking to prey on others," said Sheriff Chronister in the video message. "Everyone is vulnerable to scams during these troubled economic times."
For residents to avoid being taken advantage of, Sheriff Chronister advises not to click on links sent via email or text claiming to provide an update on the status of stimulus checks. Scammers will often pretend to be with the IRS, so people should also be leery of giving their financial information or social security number over the phone or electronically.
"Remember, no government agency will ever ask you to pay money to get your stimulus check faster," added Sheriff Chronister. "Following these tips will help keep you and your money safe."
As part of the CARES Act, millions of American households will receive up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child. To learn more about the economic impact payments, visit 
Sheriff Chronister's Stimulus Check Scams PSA can be shared from all Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office social media platforms: @hcsosheriff
The PSA can also be viewed on the HCSO YouTube page: