Are You Missing Your Stimulus Check?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is calculating and sending stimulus payments to eligible individuals; however, some people might need to provide additional information to the IRS to get their money.

If you believe you’re due for a stimulus check and haven’t received it yet (either by mail or direct deposit), check the IRS’s Economic Impact Payment FAQ page. There you can figure out if you are indeed eligible and also see why you may not have received the check.

While we’re on the subject, remember to be weary (as always) of any phishing scams via text or postal mail about these (or any) government checks. From the Wall Street Journal:

Circulating schemes involve stimulus checks, airline refunds, charities, fines for breaking social-distancing rules, “mandatory” Covid-19 preparedness tests, unproven treatments and sales of in-demand supplies like masks or thermometers. Experts say the scams are designed to get you to take immediate action, more and more through texts and calls.

“The stress people are under during the pandemic opens up whole new emotional avenues for attackers to prey on,” says Chris Rothe, co-founder of security-threat-response firm Red Canary.

If suspect communications such as these come your way, remember not to respond (not even with “NO” or “STOP” or anything of that sort). To verify the contact, you can always contact the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office or reach out to the AARP’s fraud network help line at 877-908-3360.

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