US - Coronavirus stimulus payment scams: What you need to know

4 tips for avoiding a Coronavirus stimulus payment scam

Only use to submit information to the IRS – and never in response to a call, text, or email.

The IRS won’t contact you by phone, email, text message, or social media with information about your stimulus payment, or to ask you for your Social Security number, bank account, or government benefits debit card account number. Anyone who does is a scammer phishing for your information.

You don’t have to pay to get your stimulus money.

The IRS won’t tell you to deposit your stimulus check then send them money back because they paid you more than they owed you. That’s a fake check scam.

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