Kokua Line: Should I report a scam even if I don’t lose money?
Question: Will they text you about your stimulus? I never did get one and now I wonder if I should have answered a text I got a while back. I deleted it because I figured it was a scam.
Answer: It was an identity-theft scam. It’s a good thing you didn’t take the bait. The Internal Revenue Service “won’t initiate contact by phone, email, text or social media asking for Social Security numbers or other personal or financial information related to Economic Impact Payments,” the agency says, directing people to its website, irs.gov, for information about eligibility for the third payment (use the “Get My Payment” tool.)
EIPs, commonly referred to as “the stimulus,” were issued in three rounds last year and this year.
EIP scams are among many types of COVID-19-related fraud proliferating during the pandemic — everything from identity theft for fake unemployment insurance claims, to sales of phony cure-alls, to vaccine…