IRS Warns of Stimulus Payment Scams
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is urging taxpayers to be on the lookout for email and phone call based scams known as phishing. Scammers know millions of taxpayers are receiving a stimulus payment from the government and will look for any opportunity to scam innocent people.
- Emphasize the words “Stimulus Check” or “Stimulus Payment.” The official term is economic impact payment.
- Ask the taxpayer to sign over their economic impact payment check to them.
- Ask by phone, email, text or social media for verification of personal and/or banking information saying that the information is needed to receive or speed up their economic impact payment. The IRS will never ask for this type of information via email or phone.
- Suggest that they can get a tax refund or economic impact payment faster by working on the taxpayer’s behalf. This scam could be conducted by social media or even in person.
- Mail the taxpayer a bogus check, perhaps in an odd amount, then tell the taxpayer to call a number or verify information online in order to cash it.
For more additional information, please visit the official IRS website.