IRS Warning: Avoid scams related to COVID-19 economic payments

The IRS urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for scam artists trying to use the economic impact payments as cover for schemes to steal personal information and money.

Remember, the IRS will not call , text you, email you or contact you on social media  asking for personal or bank account information – even related to the economic impact payments! Beware of emails with attachments or links claiming to have special information about economic impact payments or refunds.  Never click on links or attachments from unknown sources.

Payment recipients will receive an IRS letter: For security reasons, the IRS plans to mail a letter about the economic impact payment to the taxpayer’s last known address within 15 days after the payment is paid. The letter will provide information on how the payment was made and how to report any failure to receive the payment. If a taxpayer is unsure they’re receiving a legitimate letter, the IRS urges taxpayers to visit to protect against scam artists.