April 17th, 2020
The IRS is urging taxpayers to be on the lookout for scammers trying to use the economic impact payments as cover for schemes to steal personal information and money. Remember, the IRS will not call, text, email or contact you on social media requesting personal or financial account information.
Be suspicious of emails that claim to have special information or updates about IRS refunds or stimulus payments and never open attachments or links if you are uncertain if the email is legitimate. If you are unsure you are receiving a legitimate letter or email, the IRS asks taxpayers to visit IRS.gov first to protect against scammers.
For security reasons, the IRS plans to follow up all stimulus payments with a letter you will receive in the mail to the address it has on file for you within 15 days after the payment is paid. The letter will provide information on how the payment was issued and how to report any failure to receive the payment if you did not receive it.