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Authorities warn of COVID-19 stimulus scam where fraudsters collect personal information

If you receive a text message saying you’re guaranteed $1,200 related to COVID-19 relief – don’t act on it.

That’s the message from authorities in Tompkins County who say a text scam has been reported, where recipients are told they have received a $1,200 direct deposit from the COVID-19 fund, which does not exist.

It requires that the person clicks on a link for further action.

The Sheriff’s Office in Tompkins County says that similar emails have gone out. They encourage everyone to not click on any link.

Despite stalled stimulus talks, no federal stimulus plan requires the recipient to give out personal information. If you’re owed money by the federal government – or state government for that matter – it will come to you automatically.