Beginning on April 11, the Internal Revenue Service began depositing economic impact payments into individual accounts.
Please see the IRS website link below for details on who qualifies for this program and common questions.
Further information will be shared on this page to help protect your family and plan for the impact COVID-19 may have on incomes for the months to come.
We're hearing about criminals already taking advantage of people's urgent need for the government stimulus checks.
The IRS is not going to call you asking for bank account information. It will either be automatically deposited using account information the IRS already has from your tax filings or they will send you a check in the mail.
The government will also not ask you to pay anything up front to get your check. No one can expedite your check for you. The government will also not call or e-mail you to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. You do not need to "sign up" to receive your stimulus check.
Do not click on links in emails or text messages or reply to robo-phone calls from sources you do not recognize.
Scammers may also use the US Census to get people to give them personal and financial information - saying you will not get a stimulus check unless you fill out the census form attached to their text message. The stimulus package is completely separate from the 2020 US Census.
Another good piece of advice is to not broadcast that you've already received your check when you do. Do not screenshot or share any bank transaction information on social media. You could make yourself a target.
You can report suspicious claims or questionable practices to the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint.
The IRS has warned the public about Coronovirus-related scams here.