The IRS is warning individuals about potential fraud related to the COVID-19 stimulus checks or deposits.
Scammers could try to make people sign over a check to them or get people to “verify” filing information so they may use personal information at a later date, the agency warns.
Most Americans will receive their funds through direct deposit to their bank accounts, according to the IRS.
For those without accounts or those who have received tax refunds via paper check, the stimulus funds will be delivered the same way.
The IRS says it will not call to ask about payment details. Anyone calling to ask for account information is trying to scam you, and we advise you to hang up if you get such a call. People are also advised not to click on any links claiming they can get your money to you faster.
It will take the U.S. Treasury Department a few weeks to mail paper stimulus checks, and any check that requires you to verify it online or by calling a number is a scam.
For more information on the stimulus checks or other tax issues related to the coronavirus outbreak, visit irs.gov/coronavirus.