It seems hard-working Americans aren’t the only ones waiting to receive their much-needed stimulus checks. The FBI is warning people about a new scam criminals are using to try and steal your money.

Federal authorities say scammers are texting “goodie” offers as part of a COVID-19 stimulus package deal for “loyal customers” from Costco.

Other examples of scams criminals might use:

  • Sending phishing emails pretending to be government agencies requiring verification of personal information before receiving stimulus money
  • Using websites to infect and lock your digital devices and hold them ransom in exchange for money
  • Creating COVID-19 case tracking websites to steal your personal information to commit fraud

Since President Trump signed the $2 trillion dollar deal, federal law enforcement has reported a steady rise in fraud schemes and other types of crimes with no signs of slowing down.

If you believe you have been a victim of an internet scam or cybercrime, you should file a complaint and report any suspicious online activity to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Thank you to our friends at United Voice for contributing this piece.