Identity Theft Scams Regarding Stimulus Payments

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The first couple of rounds of stimulus payments went through to millions of Americans as relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some people are holding their breath for a possible second stimulus payment, especially if their families are experiencing unemployment and other financial complications due to the pandemic. However, be aware that scammers are also using this crisis as an opportunity to steal the personal information of unsuspecting individuals.

Recently, the IRS issued a warning to consumers of a new text scam relating to stimulus payments. The text requests bank account information so that consumers can have their first – or even second – stimulus payment directly deposited. The bank information then goes right into the hands of scammers, who might use the information for their own wrongful gain or sell it to other scammers.

It is important to know that the IRS will never send text communications with taxpayers. These texts are false, and you should never click the link included. Instead, take a screenshot of the text and email it If you click the link, it takes you to a fake website that appears to be – but is certainly not – the IRS stimulus payment site.

In the event you entered your information or are experiencing identity theft for another reason, you might face significant financial harm. Act right away by speaking with a Los Angeles identity theft attorney who can protect your information and seek relief for the harm you suffered.

Contact an Identity Theft Lawyer in Los Angeles

The legal team of Martin & Bontrager, APC, knows that scammers take advantage of people at the worst possible times – including during a pandemic and financial crisis. If you believe your information is being wrongfully used, contact us online or call 323.940.1700 as soon as possible to learn how we can help you.