๐„๐‚๐Ž๐๐Ž๐Œ๐ˆ๐‚ ๐ˆ๐Œ๐๐€๐‚๐“ ๐๐€๐˜๐Œ๐„๐๐“ (๐„๐ˆ๐) ๐…๐‘๐€๐”๐ƒ & ๐“๐‡๐„๐…๐“๐’ (๐Ÿ‘/๐Ÿ๐Ÿ•/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ)

U.S. authorities have detected a wide range of EIP-related fraud and theft. The following are examples of such activity:

โ€ข Fraudulent checks. Fraudsters send potential victims fraudulent checks, instructing the recipients to call a number or verify information online in order to cash the fraudulent EIP checks. Victims are asked for personal or banking information under the guise that the information is needed to receive or speed up their EIP. Fraudsters then use the information obtained to commit various crimes, such as identity theft and the unauthorized access of bank accounts.

โ€ข Theft of EIP. Such thefts can include individuals stealing an EIP from the U.S. mail; requesting an EIP disbursal for an ineligible person; seeking another personโ€™s EIP without the payeeโ€™s knowledge and/or approval, or through coercive means; or using stolen Personally Identifiable Information (PII), including providing false bank account information to the IRS to claim an EIP.

โ€ข Phishing schemes using EIP as a lure. Fraudsters perpetrate phishing schemes using emails, letters, phone calls, and text messages containing keywords such as โ€œCorona Virus,โ€ โ€œCOVID-19,โ€ and โ€œStimulus,โ€ with the purpose of obtaining PII and financial account information, such as account numbers and passwords.

For more info, see https://www.fincen.gov/sites/default/files/advisory/2021-02-24/Advisory%20EIP%20FINAL%20508.pdf

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๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐.๐‚. ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐š๐ฑ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐‘๐’, ๐๐˜ & ๐๐‰ ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐€๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ & ๐“๐š๐ฑ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

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