Local authorities in Atlanta have warned area senior citizens to beware a possible identify theft scam purporting to be part of the stimulus program.
Officials of Fulton County put out the alert after seeing application forms to receive a $500 check from the federal government under the “American Opportunities Stimulus Money” program. No such program exists.
The forms were being handed out to senior citizens outside the Atlanta office of the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, according to local news reports. National Action Network said it was not associated with the application or with the two people who were distributing copies to senior citizens.
The form instructs applicants to provide name, address, date of birth, and Social Security number to receive a $500 check. While authorities have not yet found any evidence that identities were stolen, they have warned against filling out the forms.
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