State warns of stimulus scams

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HARTFORD — State officials are warning people in Connecticut of potential scams involving future stimulus checks from the federal government

Eligible individuals are due to receive up to $1,200 under the recently enacted $2.2 trillion economic relief package, and married couples are due to receive $2,400, plus $500 per child.

The state attorney general’s office and the Department of Consumer Protection are starting to receive reports of related scams seeking to steal people’s personal information and money.

Connecticut residents should be on the lookout for suspicious emails, text messages or mail that ask residents to claim their potential government stimulus check and ask for personal information.

The attorney general’s office and the Department of Consumer Protection offered the following tips: the federal government will not ask people to pay money upfront to receive a stimulus check; the federal government will never call to ask people for their Social Security number, bank account or credit card number; no matter how the payment is disbursed, only a scammer will ask people to pay to receive it.

If residents receive a suspicious phone call, email or text message, they are urged to contact the Office of the Attorney General at 860-808-5000 or attorney.general@ct.gov, or contact the Department of Consumer Protection at dcp.complaints@ct.gov.