Whenever there is a crisis that affects a community, like a tornado or hurricane, the scammers come out to prey! Well, no surprise they are out again and this time they're going after your coronavirus stimulus check from the "CARE Act" just passed by Congress and signed by President Trump. Be aware!
The IRS issued a statement saying they have received numerous reports around the country of scammers sending a fraudulent version of CP2000 tax notices even though the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email. Taxpayers who receive a notice or letter can determine if the mail is real. Scammers are also trying to reach you by phone and email.
The IRS the intent is to get individuals to sign over their checks by attempting to “verify” your personal information that would allow scammers to receive the checks or use the personal information to file false tax returns.
IRS says while it is tempting to let the scammers know you are on to them the best thing is if they call hang up; email don't respond or click on any attachment or link and just delete immediately.
Finally, beware of any check you receive now because it will take the Treasury a few weeks to mail the checks out. If you receive a check with an odd amount (like one that includes cents) or requires you to verify the check online or by calling a number, the IRS says it is fraud.
If you think you have found a scam please report it immediately to BBB.org/ScamTracker. Share this info and help keep others safe and from losing their stimulus money at a time they need it most. ~grace