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Many of us are paying close attention to the guidance from federal, state, and local governments during this COVID-19 health emergency. Unfortunately, scammers are also paying attention. Some are even pretending to be affiliated with the government – just to scam you out of money.


Here are three ways you can help protect yourself and others from these scammers: 

  • Know that the government will never call, text, or contact you on social media saying you owe money, or to offer help getting your Economic Impact Payment (EIP) faster. If you get a message from someone claiming to be from a government agency through social media, it’s a scam. Report it to the FTC at If you are eligible and haven’t yet gotten your Economic Impact Payment, visit and follow the guidance. Watch this CFPB video to learn more about your EIP. And read the FTC’s information on spotting scams related to the EIP.
  • Visit government websites directly for trustworthy information. Don’t click on links in an email or text message. Scammers often send fake links to websites that look like they’re from the government. Instead of clicking on links in messages, open up a new window and search for the name of the government agency. And visit for the most up-to-date information on the pandemic.
  • Say NO to anyone claiming to be from a government agency asking for cash, gift cards, wire transfers, cryptocurrency, or personal and financial information, whether they contact you by phone, texts, email, or by showing up in person. Don’t share your Social Security, Medicare ID, driver’s license, bank account, or credit card numbers.

For the most up-to-date information on avoiding COVID-19 related scams, visit And, for further help in protecting yourself financially during this pandemic, visit


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June 01, 2020
I received a text on Saturday, May 29th purporting to be from the Census Bureau wanting me to take a survey on coronavirus. I did not open it. I am sure that it was bogus.
June 01, 2020
Unfortunately, this is the advice from a helpless parent to a child. The US governmental agencies that invented the Internet are unable to control the scammers. CIA, FBI, NSA, FCC, and other agencies should be able to think, take measures, and stop the scammers (big and small). They should have a policy such that no message (audio, video, text, graphic) can get on the net without the senders true identity is knowable to the law enforcement agencies via the initial (phone, computer, Intranet, Internet) network that begins the message.
June 01, 2020
I work in bank fraud. I spoke to a customer last week who received a letter in the mail with a plastic "debit card" attached, stating "in lieu of a check or bank draft, you've received this "CARES Act Economic Stimulus Payment Card." It instructed him to visit a website (shown on the letter )and link his bank account to this card. I had never heard of something like this being done, but fraudsters are getting very creative nowadays because they want our money!!
FTC Staff
June 02, 2020

In reply to by b3l1as1Gn0ra

That is legitimate, it's not a scam.The debit card gives access to the person's stimulus payment, or Economic Impact Payment. 

If you get an envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Service,” look inside for a VISA-branded prepaid card issued by MetaBank. This card will give you access to your economic impact payment.  Read more in this FTC blog.

June 05, 2020
This is like dressing up and posing as a police officer. Isn't this a crime?
August 10, 2020
+15138575857 this number called me say I'm gonna have warrant for my arresr