AUGUSTA, Maine — Editor's note: The video above aired April 20, 2022.
State officials on Thursday warned Mainers of scammers claiming to be from the "Maine IRS" and requesting Social Security numbers, maiden names, and other information in order to process $850 relief checks.
The Office of the Attorney General and the Maine Revenue Service said in a statement that the calls are fraudulent and reminded people to never share any identifying information with anyone requesting it over the phone without independently confirming their identity.
"Maine Revenue Services already has all the information it needs to issue these relief checks, so no one needs to share any information to collect this check," Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey said in the release.
Mainers who filed 2021 Maine individual income tax returns are eligible for the checks. They will be mailed by U.S. mail to the address on the tax return.
Frey said the first round of checks will be mailed in June and the remainder will be issued as returns are received.
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