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Watch out for stimulus payment scams

The federal government is seeing an increase in scams related to federal stimulus payments including phone calls, text messages and e-mails phishing for information. The messaging includes variations of language such as "in order to receive your/your client's stimulus payment via direct deposit, we need you to confirm the banking information" and they are gathering that information via telephone or directing victims to click on a link that takes them to a website where they enter their banking information. 

Here are some important things to know:

  • The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money.
  • The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. 

If you spot a scam, please tell the Federal Trade Commission. The Washington State Office of the Attorney General also has information and resources for reporting scams.

What does it mean to stay at home?

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a Stay at Home, Stay Healthy order in Washington state that is effective for a minimum of two weeks. Here's what it means to stay home, stay healthy

Do "essential workers" need a special pass to prove they are allowed to go to work?

SPREAD THE FACTS: Essential workers are permitted to travel to and from work without a special permit.

Will martial law be declared?

SPREAD THE FACTS: Emergencies are scary enough. Let’s not add to the fear by spreading misinformation. The Washington National Guard is your neighbor, your friend and wants what’s best for our communities. Let’s put aside the rumors about martial law or military rule. IT’S JUST NOT TRUE. Gov. Jay Inslee made the Guard available to be used and, on March 22, President Trump agreed to put Guard soldiers and airmen on Title 32 status, enabling them to be paid by the federal government. As of March 27, the Guard still didn’t have any missions and weren’t assigned for COVID-19 response. Some soldiers are working with state officials preparing for possible missions, such as delivering school lunches. Guard soldiers train every month, though, during “drill weekends” and have armories all over the state. They’ve always been here and the soldiers live here. For the latest, visit twitter.com/WANationalGuard.

Is financial assistance only for small businesses in the greater Seattle area?

SPREAD THE FACTS: Various forms of assistance are available to businesses of all sizes throughout Washington. Get information on available resources for businesses

Should I stockpile supplies to be prepared for the coronavirus?

SPREAD THE FACTS: Leave some for your neighbor. There has been no disruption to the supply chain that delivers goods. If we all purchase what we need without hoarding, there will be enough for everyone

Is there a cure, vaccination, or a top secret thing that doctors don’t want us to know about?

SPREAD THE FACTS: There is no vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19. There is nothing you can take, inhale, or rub on yourself that will protect you from this virus or cure it.

Get more facts about coronavirus myths on FEMA’s coronavirus rumor control page. If you have heard a coronavirus rumor pertaining to your local area, please check with your local county or city to verify the information before sharing it. 


Stay home. Stay healthy. Spread the facts.