Just do us a favor and don’t fall for these stimulus check scams, OK?

Knowledge is power: The IRS will never call, text or email you to verify information. 


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A second stimulus check for up to $600 per eligible American is now on its way to tens of millions of people, and a third stimulus check could soon follow. Once again, scammers are using news of the second stimulus payment as a lure to try to steal your money and personal information. 

The Better Business Bureau has already received reports from people contacted through text message, email and phone calls about the new stimulus checks, and the IRS has issued multiple warnings — including against Twitter scams (the IRS won’t send you a direct message). Urgent emails, text messages or phone calls that instruct you to click a link to confirm your payment or enter more information are fake, and you should never click the link or enter your bank or personal information. 

When in doubt, remember that the IRS doesn’t have the capacity to speak with people on the phone about their stimulus checks. They certainly won’t take the time to call you or look up your Twitter account. Here are the most common and notorious scams that target

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