INDIANAPOLIS — Scammers are coming up with ways to trick you into giving up your stimulus check.
Scammers are creating text messages, emails, websites, and social media posts to pose as government entities like the IRS to try and obtain financial and personal information, according to the Indiana Department of Revenue.
Here are a few key signs of these scams:
- Emphasizes the terms “Stimulus Check” or “Stimulus Payment.” The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) uses the official term “economic impact payment.”
- Asks the individual to sign over their stimulus check.
- Asks by phone, email, text or social media for verification of personal and/or banking information to receive or speed up their stimulus check.
- Mails the individual a fake check and requests the individual to call a number or verify information online to cash it.
If you receive emails, texts, phone calls, or social media attempts from someone posing as the IRS, DOR, or an organization linked to either agency (like the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System), you can report it at the IRS website.