Stimulus checks are in the mail to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients, but the government is warning Americans who will be receiving the $250 checks to be wary of scammers.

Officials at the Social Security Administration are already aware of online scams directing people to Web sites that look similar to the Social Security Administration’s Web site where users are asked to divulge personal information.

Other scams ask people to fill out an application — which oftentimes includes a fee — in order to receive their stimulus payment.

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In fact, no action needs to be taken in order to get the payment. If you qualify, the payment will automatically be sent sometime during the month of May via check or direct deposit, depending on how you typically receive payments from Social Security, reports The Wall Street Journal. To read more click here.

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Previous stories on this topic:

Stimulus Checks On Track For May Delivery (March 26, 2009)

President Signs Stimulus Bill, Opening Door For Funding, Payments (February 17, 2009)