These are aimed especially at seniors in light of the recently enacted program of economic impact payments. The IRS notes these payments will be deposited into accounts taxpayers have previously provided on tax returns. For those who do not have an account on file, a check will be mailed mid-April.
Neither the IRS or other agencies will reach out to taxpayers by phone, email, mail or in person and no action is required on the part of taxpayers. The IRS noted retirees who normally do not file a tax return also do not have to take any action to receive the $1,200 payment.
Scammers are reported to be emphasizing the words "Stimulus Check" or "Stimulus Payment" and may ask taxpayers to sign over payment checks. They may also asked for some verification of personal and/or banking information, claiming that information is needed to speed up payments.
Some scammers also represent themselves as being available to work on the taxpayer’s behalf to get tax refunds or the economic impact payments more quickly. They may also mail the taxpayer a bogus check and then tell the taxpayer to call a number of verify information online in order to cash it.