STATEWIDE - As the federal government begins delivering additional stimulus payments across the country, Floridians should be wary of the potential for fraud.

Attorney General Ashley Moody has issued a Consumer Alert highlighting scams related to the latest stimulus payments and tips to help Floridians avoid falling prey.

NEVER respond to text messages, emails or ads directing you to click on a link;

NEVER provide any personal or financial information in response to an unsolicited message;

NEVER trust caller ID displays claiming a call is from the IRS—as spoofing technology allows scammers to change phone displays to impersonate government agencies; and

NEVER make any advance payment in order to secure or expedite access to a benefit.

The IRS will not call or email Floridians about stimulus payments. Spoofing the IRS continues to be a trick used by scammers often through recorded telephone messages or impostor robocalls.

" With direct payments already received or on the way to Floridians’ bank accounts, I am asking consumers to remain vigilant in their efforts to identify and avoid scams designed to steal federal payments or personal information," said Attorney General Moody. "The best way to do this is to stay informed about how and when you will receive your stimulus payment and avoid solicitations requiring personal information, upfront payments or other actions in exchange for federal money.”

For more information and frequently asked questions about direct payments, click here. To contact the IRS, visit IRS.gov.

To track stimulus payments, use the IRS Get My Payment tool by clicking on this link - https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment.

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