Avoid Scams Related to Economic Payments
In March, Congress passed—and the President signed—the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion economic relief package intended to support American businesses and individuals economically burdened by the coronavirus pandemic. A provision of the law includes sending economic impact payments to eligible Americans. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the United States Secret Service (USSS) urge all Americans to be on the lookout for criminal fraud related to these economic impact payments—particularly fraud using coronavirus lures to steal personal and financial information, as well as the economic impact payments themselves—and for adversaries seeking to disrupt payment efforts.
For more information about economic impact payments, see the IRS Economic Impact Payments Information Center, which includes answers to taxpayer questions about eligibility, payment amounts, what to expect, and when to expect it. See the IRS’s article, Do Not Let Scammers Get Your COVID-19 Economic Impact Payment, for additional guidance.
Call? Text? Email? Social Media?
The IRS will not call, text, email, or contact you on social media asking for personal or bank account information—even related to the economic impact payments. Be suspicious of email with attachments or links claiming to have special information about economic impact payments or refunds.
See “Do not let scammers get your COVID-19 economic impact payment.”