J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), is urging all taxpayers to stay alert to ensure that they do not lose their Economic Impact Payments (EIPs), also called stimulus checks, to thieves and scammers.
TIGTA is responsible for conducting statutory oversight of issues relating to federal tax administration. As such, it regularly investigates fraudulent activity related to financial distributions of funds, including stimulus checks.
Depending on your circumstances, you will receive your stimulus payment by direct deposit, Direct Express debit card, or by paper check. With so many payments being distributed in various forms across the country, TIGTA reminds taxpayers to exercise caution to avoid becoming victimized by thieves and scammers.
You can check the status of your check with the “Get My Payment” tool on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website. Do not use any other websites or service that claim to be able to process your check or act as an intermediary between you and the IRS. If in doubt about whether a link can be trusted, the best practice is to manually type “IRS.gov” into your web browser.
Don’t open attachments or click on any links within e-mails from senders you do not recognize even if they claim that you must do so to collect your payment (that’s not true). Do not provide your username, password, date of birth, Social Security Number, financial data, or other personal information in response to an e-mail or robocall.