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With Congress working to complete the COVID-19 economic stimulus package, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is warning residents to be on the lookout the the mass cons and scams this action will spur on by the leeches of society.

“Con artists have been working non-stop to identify new ways to take advantage of Arkansans concerned about the economy,” Rutledge said in a Wednesday afternoon warning. “These scammers impersonate government officials and reach out to Arkansans by phone, email or social media demanding the victims’ personal and banking information to verify their eligibility for the government’s stimulus check.”

She added: “Bad actors come out in bad situations and will do anything to make a quick buck on the backs of concerned Arkansans. The federal government will never reach out asking for personal and banking information in order to confirm your eligibility for payment.”

Attorney General Rutledge has provided the following tips to keep you and your pocketbook safe.

• Only rely on official government websites (.gov) for economic relief information.

• Never give out your personal information over the telephone or email.

• When information becomes available, the Attorney General’s website will direct you to reliable sources.

• Arkansas residents encountering someone demanding personal information to receive federal funds or other assistance should immediately contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office by visiting ArkansasAG.gov or call (800) 482-8982.

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