COVID-19- and Stimulus-Related Scams and Attacks in the Wild

Apr 01, 2020

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the reports of a stimulus package to assist families and companies during these trying times, we have observed and responded to a substantial number of cyber-attacks from overseas.

The latest scam that Nexigen has observed is the “Stimulus Check Scam”. This scam can be identified when you receive a call or an email  from an individual claiming to be with the IRS or other government agency, particularly referencing anything in relation to your stimulus check.

You DO NOT have to do anything to receive the stimulus check. You Do NOT need to sign up or call the IRS despite what the call or email states.

This scam can take multiple forms. Below are some examples:

  • An email or call asking for personal details so they can direct deposit the check into your account.
    • Examples:  bank account number, social security number, other personal information
  • Asking for a small processing fee to get the check faster
  • Saying that they can get you a bigger check if you give them more information

Some things to remember that the IRS will never do:

  • Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without allowing you to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card, or wire transfer.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

From all of us here at Nexigen, stay healthy and safe: Please wash your hands and as always, scrutinize those suspicious emails.