When I heard about the economic stimulus package, I Googled the search term to find out what I could about Obama’s $825 billion package. I found many leads on this but didn’t think much of it. Tonight on the news, however, they alerted the public into the most recent 2009 stimulus check scams on the Internet. There are many sites that take advantage of those trying to get a stimulus check, and they usually top the list of search results.
Look closely at the Internet site you go to. If they are charging shipping and handling for a packet of information, it is not a government-certified website. What is worse is many websites take you from one page to the next, and finally in small print in the middle of the Terms and Conditions, it stipulates you will pay a monthly fee. Some fees were a few measly dollars, but others are almost $100 a month!
In addition to stimulus check scams, there are many similar pitfalls out there for U.S. government grants. These websites operate under the same faulty terms and conditions as the economic stimulus packages. Once again, you should not have to pay for a report or list. If you are at a true government website, you should be able to get the information for free. Another form of this scam is by people’s personal accounts that direct you to another website. Stay clear of such examples as this one, which was directly highlighted on the news as one of the top scam sites out there.
Just remember to read all terms and conditions and stay clear of websites that want to charge you any type of fee. Whether it is a small one-time fee or a shipping and handling fee, stick to the government-regulated sites where you will not have to pay for information that should be free.
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