This video was published by the IRS.
Be on the lookout for scams that use the economic impact payments and other IRS relief efforts related to the coronavirus as cover to steal your information and money. The IRS has seen scammers trying to prey on vulnerable taxpayers who are unaware of how the payments will reach them. If you have questions, rely on the IRS for accurate information. Visit IRS.gov/eipfaq for answers on frequently asked questions about the economic impact payments.
Keep in mind that scammers are using emails, phone calls, text messages, websites, and social media sites to steal your money or personal information, so watch out for common tricks. First, the IRS will not email or call you to verify or ask for financial information so you can get a payment. Also, if someone demands money from you to get an economic impact payment, take it as a red flag. You don’t need to make a payment to receive an economic impact payment in exchange. Don’t fall for any of it.
Note that in most cases the IRS will issue the payments without you having to take any special steps. The IRS continues to work to protect you, and the IRS criminal investigation division is prioritizing scams that exploit economic impact payments and the coronavirus. But, we can’t do it alone. You are still the main line of defense against scams.
We realize there’s a lot of misinformation out there, and we want you to stay safe, including when it comes to your tax security. So, stay alert and stay informed. For the IRS updates on coronovirus relief, visit IRS.gov/coronavirus.