“The IRS will not call, text you, email you, or contact you on social media asking for personal or bank account information,” said FTC attorney Seena Gressin.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been a long list of scams and schemes circulating in relation to coronavirus tax relief and Economic Impact Payments, also known as stimulus checks. This issue has been so prevalent that in July 2020, the IRS released a “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, urging Americans to remain vigilant during the pandemic and its aftermath. 

On May 17, VERIFY viewer Diane received an email from a non-government website claiming it would help her find unclaimed stimulus check money.


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