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Avoid These Financial Hoaxes

Be on the lookout for a surge of calls and emails from scammers trying to cheat you with promises of financial relief, just when you may be feeling desperate. Tax-related fraud and identity theft scammers are out and about looking to make a quick — and crooked — buck. The IRS is urging everyone to take extra care, especially regarding the $1,200 checks that are on their way: The IRS isn't going to call you asking to verify or provide your financial information so you can get your economic impact payment or your refund faster. No one at the IRS will contact you by phone, email, mail or in person asking for any kind of information to complete your economic impact payment, which also has been referred to as your rebate or stimulus payment. Nor is the IRS going to send you a special application email. Don't open the email; don't click on attachments or links. Always go straight to the source,, which will have the most up-to-date data. Below are some general tips to keep safe from scammers: Watch out for emails, text messages, websites and social media attempts that request money or personal information. Criminals take every...