Don't fall for stimulus check scams

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Please be aware of stimulus check scams. Taxpayers should be on the lookout for phone calls and phishing scams that could lead to tax fraud and identity theft. Scammers are looking to steal your money and personal information. 

Helpful tips:

  • Be skeptical of emails and websites. The IRS will NOT be emailing you about a stimulus payment. Do not click on any links or attachments if the email references stimulus payments. 
  • The IRS will NOT call you to verify financial information. 
  • Do not fall for bogus companies offering to help expedite stimulus checks. 
  • Be aware of fake-check scams. If you are sent a check and someone asks you for money back after you cash the check, it is a scam.
  • Do not click on links to verify personal information in text messages.
  • Get information on stimulus checks directly from the IRS. https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know
  • If you come across a scammer trying to take your check or personal information, we want to hear about it. Report it at www.ftc.gov/complaint