It’s not just the Corona virus that you need to protect yourself from. According to the IRS, you should also be on the alert for Corona Virus-related scams.

Unfortunately, there will always be people who find a way to take advantage of others during any type of crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception.

That’s why RoseLake Estates management wants homeowners to be on the alert for texts, emails or phone calls that look official or claim to be from the IRS or some other government entity.

Homeowners should also watch for websites and social media attempts that request money or personal information.

According to IRS Criminal Investigation unit, “Offers purportedly from the IRS or the U.S. Treasury offering bailouts and rebates related to economic impact payments are on the rise.”

“Criminals are working hard to trick you into getting their hands on your economic impact payments. The IRS Criminal Investigation Division is working hard to find these scammers and shut them down, but in the meantime, we ask people to remain vigilant.”

The IRS says retirees are high on the list of potential targets. Here’s what to know to protect yourself from being scammed — regardless of your age:

  • The IRS will deposit economic impact payments into the direct deposit account that you have previously provided on your tax returns.
  • If you have previously filed taxes but did not provide direct deposit information to the IRS, you can still get your check. You can provide your banking information online to a newly designed secure portal on gov beginning in mid-April.
  • If you do not provide the IRS with direct deposit information, a check will be mailed to the address they have on file for you, but this process will take several weeks longer.
  • NEVER provide your direct deposit or other banking information for others to input on your behalf!

This is important to know: If you are a retiree who doesn’t normally have to file a tax return, no action is needed to receive your $1,200 economic impact payment.

No one from the IRS will be reaching out to you by phone, email, mail, or in person, asking for any kind of information to complete your economic impact payment (sometimes referred to as a rebate or stimulus payment). No one.

The IRS is sending $1,200 payments automatically to retirees – no additional action or information is needed on your part to receive this.

RoseLake Management encourages all our residents to be alert for scammers and not to engage with suspected scammers online or on the phone.

You can learn more about reporting scams by going to IRS.gov and searching for the Report Phishing and Online Scams page.

You can also easily confirm official IRS information (updated frequently) about the COVID-19 pandemic and economic impact payments on the Coronavirus Tax Relief page on IRS.gov.