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Slam the Scam - Information to Protect Yourself from COVID-19 Scams

Multiple federal agencies have issued warnings to the American people cautioning them to be aware of potential coronavirus related scams.

Examples of scams can include but are not limited to:

  • Phishing emails from entities posing as CDC or WHO
  • Malicious links that appear to share COVID-19 information
  • Seeking donations for fraudulent organizations
  • Promises of fake cures or refunds

To help taxpayers avoid falling victim to one of these scams, multiple federal agencies – from the Internal Revenue ServiceDepartment of Health and Human Services, to the Social Security Administration – have issued warnings. Here are some common red flags to look for, courtesy of the IRS — scammers may:

  • Emphasize the words “Stimulus Check” or “Stimulus Payment.” Those are incorrect. The official term is economic impact payment.
  • Ask the taxpayer to sign over their economic impact payment check to them.
  • Ask by phone, email, text, or social media for verification of personal and/or banking information saying that the information is needed to receive or speed up their economic impact payment.
  • Suggest that they can get a tax refund or economic impact payment faster by working on the taxpayer’s behalf. This scam could be conducted by social media or even in person.
  • Mail the taxpayer a bogus check, perhaps in an odd amount, then tell the taxpayer to call a number or verify information online in order to cash it.
Please remain vigilant and warn vulnerable loved ones of these potential threats and scams. The FTC has very helpful resources on how to recognize and avoid scams: 

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