Since the state of the state address earlier this year, we’ve been hearing about a new round of relief checks for Maine residents. Essentially, Governor Mills said she would return the state budget surplus to the people of the state.
Initially, the checks started at around $500 each. However, over the past few months, it has been discovered that there is more money in surplus than initially thought. At this point, the checks will be approximately $850 per eligible person.
It now appears that there is a scam related to these checks.
According to WMTW, the Maine attorney general is warning residents of the state against fraudsters who use checks as a way to obtain personal information.
According to the TV station article, the scammers claim to be from the “Maine IRS” and say they need information in order to process the relief check of the intended victim.
Some of the information scammers may request includes Social Security numbers and maiden names.
According to the attorney general, Maine already has all the information they need in order to process and mail checks.
Obviously, never give out personal information unless you are 100% sure of the identity you are giving the information to. And if so, keep a close eye on our older loved ones.
20 Maine news stories that have shocked us since 2000
These 20 news stories, from the past 21 years, have had a palpable impact across the state. Below are the stories that caught our attention, listed in no particular order.