04.21.20

Keep your money safe

Friend, 

Economic relief payments for eligible Americans have started going out, both through direct deposit and physical checks. Unfortunately, scammers may try to steal your money and your personal information.

I wanted to pass along a few tips to help you avoid potential scams and keep your money safe.

No matter what, the IRS will NEVER:

  • Email you 
  • Call you before contacting you by mail 
  • Ask you to provide personal or financial information
  • Make threats to suspend your Social Security Number or arrest you
  • Offer early relief payments for a fee 

To protect yourself from COVID-19 scams, you should:

  • Hang up on robocalls 
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits 
  • Watch out for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO – don’t click links from sources you don’t know
  • Avoid making donations by cash, gift card, or by wiring money 

To report potential fraud, visit www.treasury.gov or call the IRS Scam Hotline at 1-800-366-4484. 

If you have been a victim of identity theft, click here. 

If we all remain vigilant, we can stop scams before they happen. 

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P.S. For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus and critical resources, click here.