Pandemic Brings Out Scammers in Full Force

By Trisha Gedon, Stillwater, OK — Scammers never seem to miss an opportunity to take advantage of natural disasters and other major life disruptions. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception, Oklahoma State University Extension Specialist Cindy Clampet said. Several scams have already been reported, said Clampet, an assistant family resource management specialist. One example involves a telephone call from someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service. The caller asks for bank information in order to auto-deposit the upcoming stimulus check. “While it may sound legitimate, this is a scam,” Clampet said. “Congress just approved the stimulus checks…

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