WARNING: New COVID-19 Scams
(FinancialHealth.net) – The coronavirus pandemic isn’t just making people sick, it’s putting them at risk of being scammed. Over the last few weeks, government agencies have been warning Americans about various plots to steal their money and personal information. Now, the IRS and other agencies are alerting the public to more COVID-19 schemes.
On April 2, the IRS posted a warning on its website about a scam targeting retirees. According to the agency, its Criminal Investigation Division is investigating a number of schemes to steal from people.
In the statement, the IRS said they will not call anybody about their stimulus payments. The agency emphasized “no additional action or information” is necessary on the part of retirees. If someone reaches out and claims to be the agency, seniors should not give out any personal information.
On April 5, the IRS reminded Americans again in a tweet.
#IRS will share details about the economic impact payment as soon as it’s available. The IRS will not call or email you asking for information on these checks. It’s a scam. Be informed: https://t.co/hEEWmgHA9V pic.twitter.com/96DUfDZgpf
— IRS (@IRSnews) April 5, 2020
Several government agencies, including the Better Business Bureau and IRS, are asking Americans to keep their eye out for the following:
- Any request to sign a check over to a third party.
- A text, email, phone call or social media message asking people to verify banking or personal information.
- Emails that look like a message from the US Small Business Association prompting people to apply for a “small business disaster assistance grant.”
- Messages that call the payments anything other than the official term, “economic impact payment.”
- Fake pop-up testing sites for COVID-19 with the goal of obtaining information to make fake Medicare and Medicaid claims. Check with your local or state health department for information about if and where you can receive a test.
- A fake check that requires you to verify information or a call a number before cashing.
- A person or message saying they can help you get your check faster if you hire them.
If you or someone you know receives a suspicious message, forward it to [email protected]. The best way to protect yourself is by never giving out personal information over the phone, online or through the mail. Again, the IRS is not contacting Americans about their stimulus payments.
~Here’s to Your Financial Health!
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