Nevada Attorney General warns Nevadans about possible federal stimulus package scams

Posted on Friday / March 27

Attorney General Aaron Ford has issued a warning about scams related to stimulus checks.

Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford warns Nevadans to be alert to scams related to the pending federal stimulus package. While a deal has been negotiated, the bill awaits final votes and the president’s signature. Congress’ economic relief package, in part, proposes to send money directly to individual Americans in response to the financial distress caused by COVID-19. These one-time payments could range from $1,200 per individual and up to $2,400 for joint taxpayers, depending on income.

Scammers are already using the proposed federal stimulus package as an opportunity to prey on Nevadans. Fraudsters may leave messages by telephone or social media requesting personal or financial information in exchange for so-called immediate stimulus money through a “grant.” Scammers may ask for other information, including Social Security numbers and confirmation of identity to receive their funding. In different variations, scammers promise additional financing beyond the designated stimulus amount in exchange for a small payment or personal information.

If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, you may file a complaint with the Office of the Nevada Attorney General here or with the Federal Trade Commission here. You may also call our hotline toll free at (888) 434-9989.