Ask Andy: Stimulus check e-mail scam - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported By Andy Wise

Ask Andy: Stimulus check e-mail scam

This e-mail is a SCAM, plain and simple:

If you're one of the millions of Americans struggling in today's economy, help is available.

You've been chosen for the chance to get a US Stimulus Check based on your annual
income level. (Participation required. See below for details.)

Refer to the chart below to determine the amount of money you can receive:

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$0 - $35,000........................$709 US Stimulus Check
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$35,000 - $70,000.................$615 US Stimulus Check
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$70,000+.............................$504 US Stimulus Check
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Make your selection here or click here to apply.

Sincerely,
GiftHouse Team

If you got this e-mail, delete it immediately.  DO NOT CLICK ON EITHER OF THOSE LINKS!  If you do, Dan Boone of the IRS says you will download malicious software that will infect your computer and steal your passwords and other personal information.

Or you will be prompted to type in your personal information, including your Social Security number and possibly a credit card number.

Neither the IRS, another government agency nor a private entity acting as an agent of the government will ever contact you by e-mail about anything!  That's just not how they do business.

Also, the recent stimulus check issued by Congress -- that's done.  Kaput.  Over.  If Congress decides to do it again and you qualified for one, the federal government would just send the check to you.  It wouldn't contact you to ask you to do anything.  It may send a letter alerting you to the coming check, but it will NEVER, EVER contact you by e-mail or phone, asking you to do something to collect the check.


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