Criminals are trying to get their hands on your COVID-19 stimulus checks.  Here are some important facts you need to know.

  • Checks are on the way for anyone who paid taxes in either 2018 or 2019 and for most people receiving Social Security.
  • The IRS will deposit the checks into the bank account you use for direct deposit for your tax refund or social security check. If you still get checks by mail, it will come to the address you use.
  • The IRS will not call to verify any payment details. They don’t need your bank account number, your PayPal account or any other personal information. If someone calls claiming they do, it’s a lie.
  • Any texts or emails that say you can get your money faster by giving them your information are scams. Don’t click on any links.
  • Some scammers are sending fake checks in the mail. Checks haven’t been mailed yet. Some will have a phone number you must call to verify the check. This is also a scam.
  • You don’t need to send any money to receive your check. If someone asks for a payment, it’s a scam.

For more information, visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

To report fraud related to the coronavirus, email disaster@leo.gov or call 1-866-720-5721.