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March 31, 2008

Albany--  A warning for older adults--Beware of scams and schemes when it comes to economic stimulus payments.

In order to qualify for the payments, you must file a tax return. That includes some senior citizens wouldn't normally file and scammers can use that to their advantage.

They'll call on the phone or email claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. But the IRS and other agencies say they will never contact anyone by phone. The SOWEGA Council on Aging also warns people not to fall prey to scammers.

"And don't let someone tell you that if they file it, they can get your money for you sooner because they can't," warns Kay Hind with SOWEGA.

SOWEGA does offer free tax preparation for people 60 and older but they're stretched thin. Preparers are backed up because so many people are filing this year.  

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