SEATTLE — Scammers are working hard as tens of millions of Americans start receiving their stimulus checks. 

The Federal Trade Commission says it received more than 15,000 complaints related to COVID-19, costing consumers nearly $12 million, at an average of $800 per complaint.

Law enforcement agencies and consumer advocates are reminding people to be extra vigilant.

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“There are a lot of individuals in the Puget Sound in the greater Northwest region that can really use some relief right now,” said Ben Spradling, spokesperson for the Better Business Bureau Northwest-Pacific. “Because you need that help, you’re going to be looking for help in ways that maybe a month ago you

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