NY AG James Warns New Yorkers About Covid Scams

NY AG James Warns New Yorkers About Covid Scams



New York Attorney General Letitia James today issued an alert to New Yorkers to warn them about potential scams related to the federal stimulus package passed by Congress to provide economic relief during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has received reports of scammers attempting to steal personal and financial information by using the news that the federal government will send payments to people across the country as part of the economic relief efforts.

“Scammers have been using a variety of tools to take advantage of this crisis and steal from New Yorkers,” said Attorney General James. “The latest example involves scammers pretending to be from the federal government and preying on individuals who desperately need financial support right now. I remind all New Yorkers to be vigilant and take precautions to ensure they do not fall victim to these harmful and heartless scams.”

Attorney General James released the following tips for New Yorkers to protect themselves. Never give your personal information or financial information out to someone unless you are absolutely sure who they are.

Be alert: scammers may use emails, texts, or webpages that look like they are from the federal government. If someone claims to be from the government with a check for you, it may be a phishing scam that is illegally trying to obtain your bank account or other personal information.

If you are eligible for a payment, you will receive a payment directly from the IRS. Do not pay anyone who promises that they can expedite or obtain a payment or a loan for you. If you are eligible for relief, you will not need to make any up-front payment or pay any fee to receive a stimulus payment. You will not be charged any "processing fees."

Never open attachments or links sent from anyone who claims to be from the government. Do not reply and delete the message right away. 

If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, please contact the Office of the Attorney General and file a complaint.

This form is for new submissions only. To follow up on a previously-submitted complaint, or for additional assistance with this form, please call our Helpline at 800-771-7755. For hearing impaired: TDD 800-788-9898. You will find the AG website at ag.ny.gov/coronavirus

Social Security and the Veteran

Social Security and the Veteran

Supporting veterans and active duty members of the military is a key part of Social Security’s mission. The disability program has helped countless wounded warriors and their loved ones.

For those who return home with injuries, Social Security is a resource they can turn to for disability benefits. Social Security’s Wounded Warriors website is at www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors.

The Wounded Warriors website has answers to many commonly asked questions, and provides other useful information about disability benefits, including how veterans can receive expedited processing of disability claims. Benefits available through Social Security are different from those available from the Department of Veterans Affairs; they require a separate application.

Social Security’s expedited process is available to military service members who become disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs.

Even active duty military who continue to receive pay while in a hospital or on medical leave should consider applying for disability benefits if they’re unable to work due to a disabling condition. Active duty status and receipt of military pay doesn’t necessarily prevent payment of Social Security disability benefits. Although a person can’t receive Social Security disability benefits while engaging in substantial work for pay or profit, receipt of military payments should never stop someone from applying for disability benefits from Social Security.

You can learn more by visiting the veterans page at www.socialsecurity.gov/people/veterans. - John Biundo. SSA Assistant District Manager, Patchogue


Village of Islandia Remembers Those Who Served

On November 4, the Village of Islandia held its annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Triangle. Mayor Allan M. Dorman, a Vietnam veteran, was joined by local elected officials, war veterans and representatives from the Lakeland and Central Islip Fire Departments to honor those who served and continue to serve in the armed forces.

There was a musical performance by the Central Islip High School marching band before the ceremony. Jim Altonji, Deacon, St. Joseph Parish in Ronkonkoma, and Tom Brauner, Chaplain, Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144, delivered the invocation.

During the ceremony, Mayor Dorman asked those in attendance to remember those local residents who served in the military and have since passed on. He also recognized all the local veterans’ groups that were in attendance. The ceremony ended with village officials joining war veterans in placing a wreath and bouquets of roses in front of the memorial.

(Pictured): Mayor Allan M. Dorman (center) poses with the members of the Central Long Island Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association and the Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144 at the Village of Islandia’s Veterans Day ceremony on November 4, 2017.

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