Meridian police advise residents to be aware of a possible scam offering stimulus rebate checks.
Capt. James Sharpe said calls have been coming in from residents. And he says these people are bold, targeting the elderly and minorities in business parking lots.
He says there have been reports of a male and female duo handing out applications, saying residents will receive an $8,000 stimulus check after they pay a $50 fee and sometimes requesting sensitive information on the spot.
"That opens people up for possible identity theft in the future," Sharpe said.
Sharpe says it's a way to confuse people by mimicking the first-time homeowners' tax credit from the IRS.
"It doesn't fall in line with what the government's offering," the captain said.
Sharpe says luckily there have been no reports of any victims, but the potential is out there and he says residents should be mindful that the government usually doesn't handle business that way.
"They're not going to do a transaction over the phone. They're not going to approach you," said Sharpe. "They're not going to approach from their vehicle."
Sharpe says if you have any doubt, hold off, do a little research and use your gut feeling.
"if it sounds too good to be true, stay away from it," he said.
Sharpe says if anyone has information concerning this fraud, contact investigators at 601-485-1859.
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