Submitted by Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office
As most of you have probably heard by now, there is a chance that the Federal government might be passing out some money to help people out as workplaces are closing doors or minimizing hours. Unfortunately, this means that those worthless scammers will now have something new to use when trying to steal money from you. We wanted to pass along some information to try and help you and your family from falling victim to these waste of space scammers.
– The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. Nor will they ask for gift cards or Apple iTunes cards etc for you to get the money. The government has no interest in these things. Only millennials.
– The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer. Maiden names and birthdays should also be protected.
– Check for look-alikes. Be sure to do your research and see if a government agency or organization actually exists. Find contact info on your own and call them to be sure the person you’ve heard from is legitimate.
– It has not been confirmed that the government will actually be giving anyone any checks or money. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.
Please pass this information along to friends and family. We take fraud report calls from victims both young and old so don’t age discriminate, everyone can fall prey to these deviant and pathetic individuals.
Remember, be smart and be safe during these uncertain times. Abide by the shelter in place order, wash your hands, maintain the 6 foot distance from others and try not to hoard essential items that others may need. We should be trying to be a stronger community right now, not a selfish one.