During tax season, and as stimulus checks are back in the news, it is important to remain vigilant and aware of potential scams from criminals purporting to be IRS or other government agency employees.
If you receive an email like this, do not click/tap on the link or reply. Simply delete the message.
What You Need To Know:
- No government agency, including the IRS, will be sending you messages, texts, calls, or emails asking you to fill out something in order for you to receive your check.
- You do NOT need to verify any information to receive your stimulus check.
- Do NOT provide your social security information to anyone.
- Do NOT provide your banking or personal financial information to anyone.
- Do NOT click on links in unsolicited emails or from unknown sources.
- Beware of messages that claim to be from a US Government agency asking you to fill out a tax return or provide social security information.
- Any links sent over text message, or any other private message platform, even from someone you know, can be extremely risky and lead to malware or compromise of your devices.
According to official IRS guidance, if a taxpayer is unsure they’re receiving a legitimate letter, the IRS urges taxpayers to visit IRS.gov first to protect against scam artists.