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COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Payment Check Scam Alert

Most Americans with annual incomes under $100,000 have begun receiving COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Payments.

If you regularly file federal income tax returns or if you receive payments from the Social Security Administration, your stimulus payment most likely will be automatically deposited into the bank account on file. Two weeks afterwards you will receive a paper notice in the mail indicating your payment was disbursed. You may receive a check in the mail instead of an electronic transfer. You do not need to take any action.

Taxpayers who do not typically file a tax return will have to file a simple form in order to be qualified for an economic stimulus payment. For information on how to file a simple return, go to www.irs.gov/help/ita/do-i-need-to-file-a-tax-return.

Beware! Don’t get scammed!

  • The IRS will not contact you by phone, email or mail for your personal information.
  • Do not give out your personal information to anyone you do not know and trust.
  • If you receive a call from someone offering to expedite your economic stimulus payment, hang up the phone and report the call to your local police department. Then be sure to call the MA SMP Scam Line at 978-946-1243 or email ReportAScam@MASMP.org.
  • If you do not receive your COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Payment or if you need to update your bank account information go to IRS.gov/coronavirus.

If you have further questions go to IRS.gov/coronavirus. The IRS is discouraging phone calls due to high call volume.

Remember: Never give your Medicare number, your bank account information, your credit card numbers or any other personal information to someone you do not know and trust.

For additional guidance call the Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program at 800-892-0890 or visit www.MASMP.org.