Attorney General Ashley Moody warned Floridians to watch out for scams as the federal government begins sending money as part of a $ 2.3 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus package.
“Every time the government spends money, scammers will develop plans to steal as much of it as possible,” Moody said in a video.
The first checks to Americans to qualify – up to $ 1,200 for eligible individuals or $ 2,400 for married individuals filing tax together – will be deposited directly into the bank accounts of tax authorities that submitted banking information to the Internal Revenue Service.
“#IRS today transferred the first Economic Impact Payments to taxpayers’ bank accounts. We know that many people are anxious to get their payments; we will continue to issue them asap, “tweeted the IRS on Saturday, November 11th.
#IRS The first Economic Impact Payments were transferred to taxpayers’ bank accounts today. We know that many people are anxious to get their payments; we will pass them on asap. To the #COVIDreliefIRS For updates see: https://t.co/hEEWmgHA9V pic.twitter.com/2bSHOTjMAS
– IRS (@IRSnews) April 11, 2020
Moody advised people to learn when to receive payments and to be suspicious of anyone requesting personal information in exchange for expedited payments.
“The IRS will not contact tax authorities via email, text message, or social media to solicit personal or financial information,” Moody said in the video.
The one-time checks could be weeks or months away for people who don’t have direct deposit accounts set up with the IRS.