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FTC says scammers are impersonating FTC Chair Lina Khan in email phishing scheme

Scammers are telling recipients that they need information to send COVID-19 relief money

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning consumers that scammers are sending emails impersonating FTC Chair Lina Khan. 

The scammers are telling recipients that the FTC wants to send COVID-19 relief money, but they need to provide more personal information in order to get the money. The agency wants consumers to be aware that it is not distributing coronavirus economic stimulus or relief money. 

“The email is a scam. Don’t reply,” the FTC said in an advisory. “If you get an unexpected email that asks you to reply – or call or click a link – to give somebody personal or financial information, don’t. It’s probably a phishing scam trying to steal your money.” 

Emails asking for personal information like your name, address, and date of birth should be ignored and reported. The FTC said consumers can report the email to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. 

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