The Cutting Edge: Beware of Stimulus-Related Scams

Don't get sucked in by con artists with fraudulent claims

and $3 to cover shipping of a Google Home Business Kit. Interestingly enough, after the FTC news conference last week, Jessica’s Money Blog was no longer accessible by its Web address Jessicasmoneyblog.com, according to the Los Angeles Times. Now, the site operates under a different Web address, with the same false information.

Another site, JasonGetsGrants.com, also promises to help you access $12,000 in government grants within 30 days. The friendly, conversational tone is quite convincing. The blog says, “Note: I hate all those ‘get rich quick’ schemes you see on TV where they tell you that you’re going to make thousands on real estate investing or some other crap…”

This is the same phrasing used on Jessica’s Money Blog. What’s more startling about the site is the missing time stamp on the user comments. This is at least a minor indication that the site may not be legit.

Some of the scams encourage you to click on links or open attached forms, which may be even worse than sending in money. Simply clicking the link or opening the document can install harmful software, like spyware, on your computer, leaving your personal information in the hands of an identity their, warns the FTC.

E-con artists are also guising themselves as the Internal Revenue Service, so watch out. If you get an unexpected email from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking you to call a number or email back personal information, forward it to phishing@irs.gov, then delete it without clicking on any links or opening any attachments. If you think you are the target of a scam, you also can file a complaint with the FTC.

If you think you’re eligible for a government grant, check out Grants.gov, an official government site with free information. And for more information about the economic stimulus package, visit Recovery.gov.

Remember, only sites ending in “.gov” are official government sites, so steer clear of someone offering any type of government money from a “.net,” “.info,” or “.com.”

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  • william robinson

    And remember the estell richardson murder case bush was at his finest on this check it out check into gus puyer that was his friend dont go for the tortured bush nonsense and what happened to those 93 video tapes of interrogations that came up missin in the cia hands IN THE CIA HANDS okay coincidently the video came up missin in this case and the gaurds got off because of it we need to make a petetion to get it reopened talking about it was a mystery the only mystery is why where three white gaurds and one black gaurd doing in a seg unit with one women and she ends up dead them gaurds are probably trying to play crazy now theres nothing wrong with them trust me they were fine before that lady died and after feel no sorrow for them they felt nnone for her or her family in fact one of the gaurds threw a party after she died i kid you not that was the rumor when you got hookups in the legal system why not

  • william robinson

    You want beleive this but i just at this point had a chance to look over the estell richardsons murder case police report and you want believe this but the guy hawkins who was a witness in the case was involved in a situation where a gaurd named baptist after that lady died and i was in seg he got upset because i was giving a statement to the murder investigation people so he waited until i came back from court and attacked me with leg shackles handcuffs hooked up to a weight belt on i posed him no danger hawkins stood there and watched it infact he was one of the gaurds that brought me back from court thats how he was living white dude not to tall he sorta looks like a white version of my little brother look into it seriously this could get this lady murder solved

  • william robinson

    They probably will destroy the evidence so put him on a lie detector and ask him if he remembers that incident with william c robinson he will break i gaurantee you they are trying to act like they are going to run up on me the police they are monitoring my blogs put them on a lie detector hawkins is a lier put baptist on a lie detector to