State and federal officials are fielding thousands of reports of scam artists, many from overseas, promising money from the Obama administration’s $787 billion economic recovery plan to entice people to hand over bank account numbers. USA Today reports.
The scams are so numerous, and the criminals hard to identify, that authorities say it’s all but impossible to catch them. In the past few months alone, other scams have tried to cash in on Michael Jackson’s death, the swine flu and foreclosure prevention. “These are true predators,” says Tony Green of the Oregon attorney general’s office. Stimulus scams mean “appealing to people’s desperation.”