Economic Stimulus Package Scam Has Authorities Warning The Public
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has not even approved an economic stimulus package yet, but already the scammers are at work, trying to take advantage of what people may have heard about it.
The Internal Revenue Service reported that identity thieves are using promises of tax rebates to trick people into revealing financial and personal data.
There is one scheme in which people are getting phone calls telling them they can only get a rebate if they provide bank account information for a direct deposit.
The IRS points out that it does not collect information by phone and no legislation has been passed that would allow it to provide advance payments, or that even spells out the details of those payments.
The House last week approved tax rebates of $600 and $1,200, respectively, for most individuals and couples as part of a stimulus plan.
The Senate is considering a slightly different version.