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How to Protect Yourself from Stimulus Check Scams

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Over the last few weeks, there have been reports of financial scams regarding the stimulus payment to taxpayers. Fraudulent sources have contacted both people who have their stimulus checks, and those who are still awaiting their checks, to get personal information.

What should you do to ensure your money is safe?

Be aware of the notifications from websites, phone calls, and text messages you are receiving. Ensure that you are using IRS-verified sites to find out more about your stimulus check. In any case, do not provide your personally-identifying information to anyone. Most people are running into these scams because they are unsure of how and when they will receive their payment.

The Economic Impact Payments will either be directly deposited into your bank account — if you receive your tax returns electronically — or a check will be mailed to your home.  Payments do not need to be confirmed, authorized, or activated. Any calls, emails, or text messages related to your stimulus check will likely be from a fraudulent source. 

Remember never to share your personal information with anyone, and any information regarding your Economic Impact Payments will be available on IRS.gov. If you believe you have been a victim of a fraudulent attempt or scam, contact the National Center for Disaster.

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