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DEFENDERS: FTC warns of scams as COVID-19 stimulus talks drag on

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As Congress talks through a second COVID-19 stimulus package, scammers are taking advantage of the time in between.

The Federal Trade Commission has some reminders of what scammers might do during some uncertain times.

If there is another stimulus payment, you won't have to pay to get it. Just like the first round of payments given out earlier in the year, nobody will call you to ask for your Social Security, bank account or card number.

Another reminder -- don't pay for any job opportunities. When people are looking for work, scammers will try and trick some with "easy opportunities." The FTC wants to remind people to do research before signing up for anything.

Third, never pay up front for mortgage help. The FTC says it's actually illegal for companies to charge you before they help you with your mortgage. So if you're behind on your payments, the FTC says to talk to your own mortgage service or a legal service organization.

If you spot any of these scams, you're asked to report it to the FTC.

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Deborah Kendrick

Deborah is a weekday evening anchor and investigative reporter for ABC 17 News.


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