Tax-Related Scams and Government Stimulus Checks
Beware of fraudulent emails, text messages and phone calls.
Fraudsters have wildly been using malicious email, text message and telephone scams designed to steal tax refunds and government stimulus checks distributed to eligible individuals.
Please do not fall for these common scams:
Email and Text Message Scams
Email or text messages may tempt you to click on a link to infect your device with malware or call a fake number promising urgent news about your stimulus check or asking you to share personal or banking information. These cyber-attacks, known as phishing, are created to look like official bank correspondence.
✓ Do not click on links or open attachments.
✓ Confirm the message is from a trusted source using a known phone number before
opening any links or attachments.
HiAccounting will NEVER ask for your personal or financial information via text message.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Checks
• Funds are issued directly from the IRS to you via direct deposit or U.S. Postal Service
• Stimulus checks are issued based on how you filed your 2018 or 2019 taxes.
• The IRS will not ask for PINs, passwords or confidential access information for credit
cards or bank accounts over the phone or email.
• No third party is being used by the IRS to “hold” or sort checks.
✓ Do not work with any 3rd party business or service to facilitate or expedite the IRS
refund check on your behalf.
Scammers may pose as an IRS agent or bank employees to request sensitive information or to ask you to verify sensitive information, such as bank account credentials and Social Security Numbers.
✓ Confirm any request with the alleged organization/business directly.
✓ Call directly yourself to a known phone number published on the organization’s
official website or on your invoice or statement.
✓ Let all incoming calls from unknown numbers/callers go directly to voicemail.
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