Recently, the Federal Trade Commission and the Missouri Attorney General sent warning letters demanding two companies, Ear to Hear Healthcare, LLC and Zephyr Hearing Aid Center  cease and desist sending misleading and deceptive letters to consumers in which they indicated that the companies could provide government stimulus checks to consumers to purchase hearing aids.  The letters described a “Corona-Virus (sic) Pandemic Hearing Aid Stimulus Package.”   The truth is that there is no such program.  The letters also contained what looks like a $1,000 check labeled “Official Authorized Voucher” which was totally bogus.

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The official name for the program as used by the federal government to distribute stimulus funds is Economic Impact Payments.  Nowhere in the letters from the two companies was there any reference to the real name of the stimulus program established through the CARES Act.  The CARES Act provides, as you know, for $1,200 payments to people and $2,400 payments for married couples with additional $500 payments per qualifying children.  Real CARES Act payments are made either by direct deposit into your bank account, a debit card sent to you in the mail or a check sent to you in the mail.  However, under no circumstances were private companies such as the two who received warning letters from the FTC and the Missouri Attorney General involved in the distribution of stimulus payments.

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