Whether someone promises that they can get your check to you more quickly or get you a larger check, it’s not true. Scammers are using stimulus payments as a way to rip people off. They might try to get you to pay a fee to get your stimulus payment. Or they might try to convince you to give them your Social Security number, bank account, or government benefits debit card account number.
You never have to pay to receive stimulus money for which you’re eligible.
Any funds for which you’re eligible will be sent to you via the same payment method used to send your tax refund, Social Security, retirement, or other government benefits money.
Visit irs.gov/coronavirus to submit your info, check your payment status and confirm financial information on file.
Search out and use legitimate job sites like LinkedIn, Indeed, and USAJOBS.gov, where all government-related jobs are posted free of charge.
Interview with potential employers only after connecting with them through traditional means. Research the company online, check the Better Business Bureau, or perform a simple Google search of phone numbers and email addresses to help verify their authenticity.
Trust your instincts. Poorly-written, vague emails and job postings are warning signs, as are recruiters whose knowledge of the industry in which you work doesn’t jibe with their desire to bring you on board today
Pay upfront fees to receive assistance in finding work. This can include money needed for “necessary” background checks, application fees, or pre-paid uniforms.
Give out your personal info (like your SSN, passwords and financial info) over email or informal virtual meeting places. If you are asked to connect on Facetime, in Google Hangouts, etc., to interview, that’s a warning sign.
Pursue any offer that doesn’t feel right. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Scammers offering fast-hire, high-pay positions create a sense of urgency, in hopes that applicants will lower their guards and send money, financial details and more to land a dream job.
Keep Your Financial Information Safe
Unless you can be assured of who’s calling, don’t give your financial information to someone who calls or emails you. 1st United will never call or email to ask you to verify your personal and financial information.
Give out your Secure Access Codes (SAC) to anyone who contacts you. In recent weeks, we’ve seen fraudsters attempt to imitate our 800 number and ask for your SAC.
We're here to help
If you feel your financial information has been compromised, contact us immediately. We can confirm any contact from 1st United Credit Union and take precautionary steps to help you change your password, stop payments and acquire new debit or credit cards.