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Scammers and stimulus checks: How to protect yourself

There was a little bit of confusion as most people waited for their $1,200 stimulus check to come through. Scammers are taking advantage...

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —

There was a little bit of confusion as most people waited for their $1,200 stimulus check to come through. Some people are still waiting for any sign that that money is coming. Scammers are taking full advantage of this opportunity.

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We're told online scammers are using key words like “COVID-19” and “stimulus” to try to get people to click on malicious links in phishing emails. They're even reaching out by phone. All of it is a ploy to get your personal and financial information. 

Local cyber security experts say this pandemic is the perfect time for scammers to attack. 

We met with Peyton Guy, a Junior Cyber Security Engineer with H2L Solutions. H2L Solutions is a cyber security company in Huntsville. Guy tells our reporter that during unnerving times, online scammers try to prey off of user's confusion and fear. He adds, “People tend to make more rash decisions.... Don’t accept, follow, pursue any instructions they give you. You go to the government’s website, USA.gov/coronavirus. They will tell you exactly what to do about your stimulus check if you qualify for it.” 

Remember not to open any suspicious links. If you have questions, open your browser and search the site online.

If you get emails or calls asking for your personal information, you should report the scams to the Better Business Bureau

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