- The check’s not in the mail – yet. Reports say that paper checks – for people without direct deposit – will start arriving in May at the earliest. So, if you get an economic impact payment, stimulus, or relief check before then, or you get a check when you’re expecting a direct deposit, it’s a scam.
- The IRS will not send you an overpayment and make you send the money back in cash, gift cards, or through a money transfer. If you get an official-looking check for more than what you were expecting – say, for $3,000 – the next call you’re likely to get is from a scammer. They’ll tell you to keep your $1,200 payment, and return the rest by sending cash, gift cards, or money transfers. It’s a scam that will leave you owing money to your bank.
- That’s not the IRS calling, texting, or emailing. Scammers are sending official-looking messages – including postcards with a password to be used online to “access” or “verify” your payment or direct deposit information. The IRS will not contact you to collect your personal information or bank account. It’s a scam.
We want to help protect you our patrons during this time. The Federal Trade Commission recognizes the need for libraries to help protect against fraud. Currently, with our doors closed many of you are feeling vulnerable. We understand that feeling and want to help. The library may not be open but we are still willing to answer your reference questions to the best of our abilities.
Many who are most vulnerable to fraud schemes are our elderly and others who are not internet savvy. Please share the FTC fraud information and tell them to feel free to call the Donnelly Public Library. 208-325-8237
NOTE from Miss Sherry:
- The IRS will not call you if they overpay you on the stimulus.
- Medicaid / Medicare are NOT asking you to buy supplemental COVID-19 insurance.
- Do NOT donate to an unknown source or to individuals during this time. ALWAYS play it safe and use a trusted non-profit.
- Do not purchase life insurance or additional medical insurance over the phone or online; unless it is with your previously established agent.
- Do not give anyone remote access to your computer with out previously verifying their business with your bank, Secretary of State, or other vetted source.
Call your local library. Let us help direct you to the appropriate resources.