The Meridian Police Department says it has received multiple complaints about possibly fraudulent stimulus check applications. Officials say it appears the elderly and minorities are primary targets.
The MPD advises the public that suspects commonly operate from vehicles, by phone, or through personal contact, while valid stimulus check programs are regulated through the U.S. government and its agencies.
Police say the schemes generally operate with someone offering a victim
an opportunity to fill out an application for a stimulus rebate/check. The suspect then asks the victim to pay a fee for processing the application. Or the perpetrator may ask for information like Social Security numbers, date of birth, etc., which can be used in identity theft.
Anyone with information about this type of fraud, or anyone who may have been a victim, is asked to contact the Meridian Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 601-485-1859, or Crimestoppers at 601-485-1860.