Avoid Scams Related to Economic Payments, COVID-19

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In March, Congress passed—and the President signed—the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion economic relief package intended to support American businesses and individuals economically burdened by the coronavirus pandemic. A provision of the law includes sending economic impact payments to eligible Americans.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the United States Secret Service (USSS) urge all Americans to be on the lookout for criminal fraud related to these economic impact payments—particularly fraud using coronavirus lures to steal personal and financial information, as well as the economic impact payments themselves—and for adversaries seeking to disrupt payment efforts.

To report an IRS-related coronavirus scam, visit the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting webpage.