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Frankfort Police Department Warns of Covid-19 Stimulus Payment Scams

Frankfort Police Department would like to warn residents of possible Covid-19 stimulus check scams and encourage you to protect yourself as more people are sheltering in place at home. Scammers may take advantage of those who are spending more time on their computers and on their phones.

Residents should watch out for requests for payment, personal or financial information, any offer to help apply for the program, or any grant offers related to the stimulus program. Scams may come in the form of emails, robocalls, texts, and online advertisements for false charities, fake Covid-19 cures, and requests for personal information for stimulus checks. Organizations like the IRS do not call, text, or email requests for personal information.

Following these steps can help protect you from falling victim to fraud and scams:

  1. Delete unsolicited emails requesting money or personal information.
  2. If you receive a robocall, hang up. Do not press any numbers or answer any questions.
  3. Be cautious of text messages or emails offering cures, information, or financial assistance. Do not click links or attachments received from unfamiliar senders.
  4. Never give out your personal information or bank information.

If you believe you are the victim of an Internet scam or cyber-crime, or if you want to report suspicious activity, please visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

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