Watch Out For Stimulus Check Scams

Recently, Congress passed legislation that will help individuals and businesses weather the storm created by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. One key provision of the new legislation is that the federal government will be sending checks for $1,200 to most adult citizens, even those who currently receive Social Security checks.

Unfortunately, scammers are already trying to get their hands on some of this money. Reports have already surfaced that citizens have been receiving calls and emails asking for personal information in order to “process” the government checks. DON’T GIVE OUT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL NOT CALL YOU TO VERIFY YOUR TAX STATUS AND WILL NOT ASK FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE.

Most payments will be directly deposited in bank accounts of people who receive their tax refunds or Social Security payments electronically. For people who are not set up that way, paper checks will be sent. You do not need to apply for this one-time payment. It will be sent automatically – and no company or individual can speed up the process.

If you are contacted by someone posing as an IRS employee or other “help” service, hang up. Do not engage with scammers and do not reply to emails about the stimulus checks even if they sound legitimate. They are not. They are scammers trying to get sensitive financial information to you to try and cheat you out of money.

During these unusual times, stay safe; ask for help when you need it; and avoid getting scammed by people who do NOT have your best interests in mind.

For other questions or help regarding services such as food and nutrition, health care and other senior-related issues, feel free to reach out to your local Area Agency on Aging. A list of contacts is provided at the following link.


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