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We want everyone to be aware of recent fraud scams related to the economic stimulus payments being released. There are scammers trying to take advantage of many individuals.

With the rollout of economic impact payments, there’s an increased risk of scams. It’s important to stay vigilant and aware of unsolicited communications asking for your personal or private information – through mail, email, phone call, text, social media or websites – that:

  • Ask you to verify your SSN, bank account, or credit card information
  • Suggest that you can get a faster payment if they fill out information on your behalf or if you sign over your check to them
  • Send you a bogus check, perhaps in an odd amount, and then ask you to call a number or verify information online in order to cash that check

Be aware that scammers are also able to replicate or “spoof” a government agency’s name and phone number on caller ID. It’s important to remember that a government agency will NEVER ask you for your personal information or threaten your benefits.

Here are some tips on how to avoid these types of scams.

  • The IRS will not call you to determine if you are eligible for a check
  • Do not give your banking information to strangers offering to help.
  • Do not open emails with phrases “stimulus check” or “stimulus payment”.
  • Do not respond to unsolicited emails or text messages requesting to verify your identity or banking information to speed up your stimulus payment.
  • Do not open file attachments from an untrusted or unknown source.
  • Hang up on anyone who calls asking for your personal information. (The IRS already knows who you are)
  • If you receive a fake check and they ask you to call and verify your information first, it is a scam.
  • Be wary of “spoofed” phone numbers on Caller-ID pretending to be from your bank or credit card. Hang up. Call back your bank’s published phone number.
  • Never give your banking PIN number to anyone.
  • If you are skeptical, simply hang up or don’t respond. Protect yourself!
  • Consider “freezing” your credit so scammers cannot open an account under your name. “Unfreeze” it later when you apply for a new loan or credit card.
  • NEVER, NEVER, NEVER pay for anything over the phone with gift cards.

If you or anyone in your family receives an unsolicited text message advising there is some kind of problem with our stimulus check, don’t click on the link. It is surely a scam to obtain your personal information.

Example Fraud Text:

  • “There is a problem with your stimulus check. Click here to receive your stimulus check.”
  • “1000 USD to help you through the crisis has been pre-approved, claim online at…”

Please remember fraud scams also come via text and phone calls. Do not answer, return call or text. Do not provide your personal information to unknown individuals.

If you receive an unsolicited email, text or social media attempt that appears to be from the IRS or an organization associated with the IRS, like the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, notify the IRS at [email protected]. You can also learn more about at coronavirus-related scams.