FTC warns of COVID-19 scam claiming to give funds for bank info

FTC warns of COVID-19 scam claiming to give funds for bank info

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The FTC said the scammers are going after some people’s bank information.

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The US Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday warned of scamsters on the pretext of government officials seeking information on the victims’ bank accounts. If people share that information, the scammers claim in the email, they will get the money. COVID-19 “Global Empowerment Fund.”

The FTC says that it is all a scam, and it is not any money or fund. The agency requests recipients of such messages not to respond, and instead reports them to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The FTC says that it will not contact anyone by phone, email, text or social media for financial information or your social security number.

“Whoever is a scammer is phishing for your information,” the agency said in a release.

People a Economic stimulus payment Will receive the money from the Internal Revenue Service, which the FTC notes.

Whoever thinks they gave their financial information to a scammer should visit IdentityTheft.gov to learn the steps to protect themselves. You can also sign up for the FTC’s consumer alerts to keep up to date on the latest scams.

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