Scammers are no strangers to anyone, but there’s been an uptick in scams, since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Their most frequent form of targeting people is through phone calls.
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CPA Kemberley Washington says scammers may try to reach out to you this way; asking for your important information such as social security number, bank account number, etc. In many cases, they can rig the caller I.D. to appear as if they are calling from the IRS. However, Washington says the IRS will never call about stimulus payments or tax matters. Instead, you’ll receive a notice in the mail in regards to any information that may be needed.
You should also be mindful of your emails.
Victims of COVID-19 related scams say there’s a particular scam going around, stating that you will get money from the COVID19 Global Empowerment Fund. These scammers claim they’re with the FTC and ask for your information. However, like the IRS, the FTC will not email you to ask for this information. If you get this type of email, visit FTC.gov/Complaint.
Finally, if you believe someone has stolen your stimulus payment, you can contact the IRS and FTC at the same time, by visiting Identitytheft.gov. You will be required to submit Form 14039 – IRS Identity Theft Affidavit. Washington also suggests including a personal statement, describing how you were scammed.
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