Police warn public to beware of stimulus check scams

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PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Indiana State Police are warning people to beware of scammers taking advantage of the stimulus check distribution.

Police remind people the IRS will never contact you asking for personal information. You will never have to click links to get your stimulus money.

Police say avoid scammers who say they’ll set up a direct deposit account for you. You’ll never need to verify your check amount to anyone and you will never be threatened.

Sgt. Matt Ames says scammers are using this time to prey upon people who need this stimulus money, especially the elderly.

“We ask for people to get with their grandaprents, get with their older mothers and fathers, and make sure that they have contact with them on a regular basis whether it’s text message or whether it’s the telephone,” says Ames. “That way they’re watching over them and making sure that they’re not letting someone try to swindle the money out of them that they’re going to need.”

Ames says the ISP Putnamville Post has already been receiving reports of these types of scam calls and emails.

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