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IRS stimulus check scam warning: Don’t answer calls, texts …

The US government isn’t calling about your stimulus check — and if someone does, it’s probably a scam.

This article was posted on Business Insider

President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, into law on Friday.

Soon, millions of Americans will be getting stimulus checks from the US government. The one-time direct payments will be delivered by the IRS to individual taxpayers largely through direct deposit. Trump’s top economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Sunday that Americans can expect to see money in their bank accounts in “a couple of weeks.”

Keep in mind: You do not have to sign up to receive a stimulus check. The process is automatic for any American who qualifies. If someone is calling you or emailing you to confirm personal details or asking for bank information or money, it’s a scam.

The IRS generally gets in contact with taxpayers through snail mail — not via phone calls, text, or email, and definitely not through social media.

On its website, the Treasury Department advises: “If you receive calls, emails, or other communications claiming to be from the Treasury Department and offering COVID-19 related grants or stimulus payments in exchange for personal financial information, or an advance fee, or charge of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not respond.”

Americans who didn’t provide their direct deposit information to the IRS on their 2019 or 2018 tax returns will have the opportunity to do so via a forthcoming “web-based system,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also said on Sunday, so they don’t have to wait for a stimulus check to come in the mail.

However, details about this online portal have not been released. Until the IRS releases an official web address and further guidance, don’t give out your personal banking information online. Scammers are taking full advantage of Americans’ financial vulnerability right now.

“Reports are also swirling about bogus checks,” Kelly Phillips Erb, a tax lawyer and senior contributor for Forbes, wrote. “If you receive a ‘stimulus check’ in the mail now, it’s a fraud — it will take the Treasury a few weeks to mail those out. If you receive a ‘stimulus check’ for an odd amount (especially one with cents), or a check that requires that you verify the check online or by calling a number, it’s a fraud.”

Keep an eye out for phishing attempts as well. If you get an email or text with a suspicious link, do not click on it. If you think you’ve been contacted by a scammer, file a complaint with the FBI and/or the Federal Trade Commission (FCC) immediately.

 

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