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As the Coronavirus takes a growing toll on people’s pocketbooks, there are reports that the government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to each of us. The details are still being worked out, but there are a few really important things to know, no matter what this looks like.

 

1. The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. No fees. No charges. No nothing.

2. The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.

3. These reports of checks aren’t yet a reality. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.

Look, normally we’d wait to know what the payment plan looks like before we put out a message like this. But these aren’t normal times. And we predict that the scammers are gearing up to take advantage of this.

So, remember: no matter what this payment winds up being, only scammers will ask you to pay to get it. If you spot one of these scams, please tell the Federal Trade Commission: www.ftc.gov/complaint. We’re doing our best to stop these scammers in their tracks, and your report will help.

Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus-related scams at www.ftc.gov/coronavirus or by signing up to get these consumer alerts. 

Watch these videos for more tips on how to avoid ecomonic impact payment scams:

FTC tips to avoid economic impact payment scams

Updated link added on April 21, 2020.

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Nina Topaz
March 18, 2020
FYI. The $1000 per person being proposed is inadequate. Most households cannot survive on that especially as we need to self-isolate or be in lockdown mode for week or months. Take care people first! Here's my suggestion: To start distribute as an initial payment of $1000 per person per household making $125K or less for for six months paid in full now. This is not time for economic stimulus. It is time for guaranteeing the financial security of Americans which will help protect the economy when a business stimulus is appropriate.
Carlos García Sr:
March 19, 2020
Quiero agradecer a la FTC por mantenernos en alerta y evitarnos posibles dolores de cabeza.
bobby123
March 18, 2020

In reply to by Nina Topaz

$1K per household isn't much help unless it was sent in every month as long as I am isolated and out of work. My part time job doesn't have PTO. I am the only one in the house but I still pay the full rent, light, gas, water bills, food bills, medical bills, car payment, gas, insurance, car repairs. For me alone, that wouldn't even cover cost of living in my tiny apartment for one month!
Jreed58
March 18, 2020

In reply to by Nina Topaz

Will this also include the elderly and ppl that get disability.?
Kenneth Kinnunen
March 19, 2020

In reply to by Jreed58

If one didnt fill in 2018 and is on social security will they get $1000 stimuless check Thank You.
Don't use your…
March 19, 2020

In reply to by Jreed58

Was just checking to see if the folks on disability would be getting any help? I get ss and ssi would be thankful for anything . Just hate how it’s coming about
FTC Staff
March 23, 2020

In reply to by Roger

As of today, there are no confirmed details about any stimulus money. Watch for updates from trusted news sources to find the latest.

Javarush
March 18, 2020

In reply to by Nina Topaz

Excellent suggestion, as a senior citizen I can tell you that SSI is keeping my wife & I , who is stage 4 cancer, just at a subsistence level. We always have our PPE on whenever going out during flu season, have not had it since doing so. We have been self isolating from the start of C-19. Lost 3/4 of our meager nest egg and fear will never recover.
Nita
March 18, 2020

In reply to by Nina Topaz

People should be grateful for any help they get since the Goverment is not obligated to save us. The elderly, disabled, and unemployed may not be included in this stimulus program and they are the ones who really need it. We're all in the same boat, and everybody's lives are being affected. I'm sure no one prayed for a worldwide pandemic to happen to ruin your day. Be safe, stay positive, take care of yourself and your loved ones, but most importantly tell the ones that matter how much you love them. God bless and good luck.
Rainbowrobb
March 18, 2020

In reply to by Nina Topaz

They have the date on cost of living for area code due to BAH compensation. $125k is a lot more in most area of the country, but it's minimum for some zip codes if you want a bedroom with a closet.
PaigeL
March 19, 2020

In reply to by Nina Topaz

Totally agree with you. I'm on social security and get a little over $1,000,between bills I barely can afford to get groceries let alone personal hygiene products and other items I need. I can't even stock up on food, because I can't afford to.
HopeForAllAmer…
March 19, 2020

In reply to by PaigeL

Agree, people at no fault of their own become disabled or older people on social security are at low rate of income as well. People don't understand that people are barely making it on these very low monthly checks, can't work have to pay for co-pays and medications, and premiums which can take their already low check down dramatically as everything else rises such as taxes, home ins. food etc. No one wants to be in a situation they can't work but sadly it happens orr an older person who had lower wages and now stuck with very low social security as only income!
Concerned mama
March 19, 2020

In reply to by PaigeL

I am a single mother who is on disability and public assistance. The way our economy is going the $800 I do get barley covers bills.
susan land
March 19, 2020

In reply to by PaigeL

I’m 66 on Social Security. Can I expect a check of $1000 from the government ?
FTC Staff
March 20, 2020

In reply to by susan land

As of today, there are no confirmed details about any stimulus money. Watch for updates from trusted news sources to find the latest.

Leona
April 02, 2020

In reply to by FTC Staff

I get the child benefit and gst also $800 from my child’s father I live in low income housing. Can I get the money. Also I quit my job. Will that effect anything
DFF97
March 19, 2020

In reply to by PaigeL

I am also on SSD and I barely have enough to pay bills, I cant even stock up on items I need because I cant afford to buy 10 rolls of toilet paper, 5 rolls of paper towels, 3 loafs of bread, like everybody else is in stores stockpiling and when I do go to pick up 1 loaf of bread or 1 gallon milk finding things sold out. People on disability need help to we are suffering we are not prepared for something like this. We barely make it month to month. Please help those in poverty, those on SSI, SSD, Veterns.
No use su dire…
April 03, 2020

In reply to by DFF97

As I. Understand those on ssd DISABILITY will receive a check. iam not on SSI BUT rather SSD
Mary
March 19, 2020

In reply to by PaigeL

I recive enough really to pay rent and work with the electric company to keep my lights on. Can I get that check for 1000.00?
hld
March 19, 2020

In reply to by PaigeL

Does anyone know the answer that if you are on disability will you receive a check ?
Aimee P
March 20, 2020

In reply to by PaigeL

I am in the exact position you are in... I get less than $1000 a month, I own my home so I pay ALL bills to keep my house running, after bills, there is NOTHING left. I am not just someone milking SSI. I worked since I was 15yrs old, unfortunately at 31 I had a grand mal seizure, and was eventually diagnosed with medically resistant epilepsy, I am not permitted to have a driver's license as a result, and because of the frequency of my seizures I have been deemed disabled , unable to work . But because I didn't have enough credits I only qualified for SSI not SSD . I am a single mom of a 16yr old boy who's now home all day. Eating CONSTANTLY...lol. This has already almost destroyed my savings as I've had to stock up on food and essentials. This is going to have a devastating effect FOR MONTHS on me and my son financially...smh. I just hope that we don't get swept under the rug.
Kimbo62
March 19, 2020

In reply to by Nina Topaz

125,000.00 is really a guideline you want? How about those of us who USED to make that amount and then some. Now MS has taken that away. So from no fault of my own, my income is now is less than 20% of that. People like this need help. Please do something to help me and others like me. We need stimulus money also.
adelina
March 19, 2020

In reply to by Nina Topaz

It’s $1,000 per adult and $500 per minor child now and if state of emergency is still in place in 6 weeks another round of the same amount will be distributed.
FTC Staff
March 20, 2020

In reply to by Jim B.

As of today, there are no confirmed details about any stimulus money. Watch for updates from trusted news sources to find the latest.

Getureal
March 19, 2020

In reply to by Nina Topaz

If someone makes 125'000 a year they don't needen help I get less thend 12000 a year
Lindy1357
March 19, 2020
I was wondering if Seniors who are on limited income . SSI, are being left out of the “ All Americans get a check program”. It seems to be morphing to only those who lost jobs. My mom is on very limited income . SSI ONLY . ( we make sure she is ok but we are tight always as well). She has had to get all of her meds for 2 months and groceries as well .. she has nothing left and actually had to leave off certain things . I would never allow her to go without anything . Her meds are semi covered with MC but she’s on insulin and it is a huge expense . So, I am hoping that the Govt will NOT forget those elderly who worked their entire lives and are ( honestly not getting cost of living increase payments from SSI) Just curious if I’m reading the news wrong today. It sure has changed ! Talking about tax returns , she hasn’t done one since 2018.. just curious. Ty
Joanna
March 18, 2020
I have a question about FTB mortgages, a lot of people are paying, but there are some people where companies close and what about such people as they are supposed to pay?They are afraid of losing thes houses. What can we do in such a difficult time?
Lizzyann
March 20, 2020

In reply to by Joanna

I get only 783 in SSI I can't even get a place of my own cause rent in tx is high
SILKYGM
March 18, 2020
Will disabled & reg veterans get the money as well as Seniors who are retired?
labandida
March 20, 2020
Recibo Seguro Social estoy incapacitada mi pregunta es Recibiré un cheque de los q enviara el presidente por esta pandemia y como lo recibiré?
ERHRYn't usd M…
March 19, 2020

In reply to by jpduroche

WHAT HAPPENED TO PEOPLE WHO ARE ON SSI WILL THEY GET MONEY AS WELL..
BHC ResDon't u…
March 18, 2020

In reply to by SILKYGM

I read somewhere that those receiving social security benefits will not be receiving any funds, it is supposedly those employed only.
FTC Staff
March 20, 2020

In reply to by BHC ResDon't u…

As of today, there are no confirmed details about any stimulus money. Watch for updates from trusted news sources to find the latest.

Camote
March 24, 2020

In reply to by BHC ResDon't u…

Of course people on Social Security, SSDI, SSI, n veterans will get stimulas checks! You dont have to file! They already have ur information- Be patient U will receive ur $$$
Tori Rene
March 26, 2020

In reply to by BHC ResDon't u…

Hi that is untrue I am on disability and indivials who get social security payment will receive the stimulus
Wholcomb
March 18, 2020

In reply to by SILKYGM

I sure hope so I don't pay taxes on my v.a check and that's my only form of income
Vkrose
March 18, 2020

In reply to by SILKYGM

Will those on disability and SSI get a check? It sure would help. Between my husband and I we make less than 1200.00 a month. Hard to live on that. We go to food giveaway but probably they will be shut down soon too
Don't use your…
March 18, 2020

In reply to by Vkrose

I am wondering the same thing. Both myself and my Husband are on disability. We have a 5 year old and was depending on foodbanks and Missions to help us get by with food. And now they are closed we are seriously struggling. We just got into a place finally after having been homeless. So right now we are really hurting.
Black Orphan
March 19, 2020

In reply to by Don't use your…

The way I'm reading it, the stimulus will only be going to middle class who pay taxes, small businesses and health care. Do the people who are poor, poverty, on disability will get nothing. Which doesn't surprise me.
FTC Staff
March 20, 2020

In reply to by Black Orphan

As of today, there are no confirmed details about any stimulus money. Watch for updates from trusted news sources to find the latest.

Ginny
March 20, 2020

In reply to by Don't use your…

I believe the thought is that those on disability are not being put out of a job, having their hours cut, having to stop working because they are caring for their children and not taking a hit in income. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you shouldn't get a check, I hope you do, but this is how our current senate views people on disability.
FTC Staff
March 20, 2020

In reply to by Worry

As of today, there are no confirmed details about any stimulus money. Watch for updates from trusted news sources to find the latest.