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Beware: COVID-19 Tax Scams are Here - Economic impact payments bring out thieves
The IRS is warning you to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and e-mail phishing attempts related to the coronavirus pandemic and the one-time economic impact payment.
It can come in many forms
The IRS says that scammers may do the following when trying to contact you:
- Emphasize the words stimulus check or stimulus payment. If someone in an official capacity uses these terms your concern level should rise. The official term is economic impact payment.
- Ask you to sign over your economic impact payment check to them.
- Ask by phone, e-mail, text or social media for verification of personal information including your bank account information. The excuse given is that the information is being verified in order to send you your economic impact payment.
- Suggest that you can get a tax refund or economic impact payment faster by working with them on your behalf. This scam could even be conducted in person!
- Mail you a bogus check, then tell you to call a number or verify information online in order to cash it.
What you can do