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SCAM ALERT: Warning Regarding a Fraud Involving an $850 Relief Check – How to Get Your Money While Being Safe

The Attorney General of Maine has issued a warning to citizens about fraudsters masquerading as IRS inspectors.

Scammers are phoning Mainers under the premise of obtaining information for the state to send out more than 850,000 stimulus cheques this summer.

Scammers are said to have sought personal information such as Social Security numbers.

Scammers said the information was needed to process stimulus payments, but Maine citizens do not need to do anything, according to the state attorney general’s office.

Attorney General Aaron Frey said, “Maine Revenue Services already has all of the information it needs to issue these relief checks, so no one should have to divulge any information to receive this check.”

“As usual, do not disclose any identifying information with anybody requesting it over the phone without first verifying their identity.”

Maine has created a website where citizens may learn more about identity theft and report any incidents.

You should also report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission if you suspect you’ve been a victim.

Checks for Maine stimulus

This summer, almost 850,000 Maine residents will get $850 checks.

To be eligible for the money, residents must submit their state individual tax forms by October 31.

Individual taxpayers who earn less than $100,000 are eligible for the payout.

Meanwhile, the barrier is $150,000 for singles and $200,000 for married couples filing jointly.

Joint filers will be eligible for relief payments of $1,700.

The payments are expected to be distributed in June, according to the state.

Meanwhile, millions of Illinois taxpayers will get payouts of up to $400 this year.

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Delaware legislators also backed a measure that would provide people with cheques worth up to $300.

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