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Do you think your economic impact payment has landed in the hands of an identity thief? You can report it to the FTC and the IRS at the same time. Here’s what to do.

Visit IdentityTheft.gov, the government’s one-stop resource for people to report identity theft and get a personal recovery plan. Click “Get started.” The next page asks, “Which statement best describes our situation?” Click the line that says, “Someone filed a Federal tax return – or claimed an economic stimulus payment – using my information.” You’re on your way.

Logo: Coronavirus Scams: Tips from the FTCIdentityTheft.gov will ask you some questions so that it can complete an IRS Identity Theft Affidavit (IRS Form 14039) for you, and submit it electronically to the IRS. You can include a personal statement too, to tell the IRS details about how your identity was misused to claim your economic impact payment. You also can download a copy of your completed Affidavit for your files. And, IdentityTheft.gov also will give you a recovery plan with steps you can take to help protect yourself from further identity theft.

Use IdentityTheft.gov to report suspected identity theft only. If you have other concerns about your economic impact payment, visit the IRS’s Economic Impact Payment Information Center and Get My Payment Frequently Asked Questions pages for detailed, and frequently-updated, answers to questions. You also can find information here about payments that the IRS may have deposited to an account you don’t recognize.

Whether you’re waiting for your payment, or even if it’s already arrived, keep alert for scammers trying to steal your personal information, your money, or both. Remember, the IRS will not call, text you, email you, or contact you on social media asking for personal or bank account information – even related to the stimulus payments. Also, watch out for emails and texts with attachments or links claiming to have special information about the payments. They’re fake, and they may be phishing for your personal information or might download malware to your computer, tablet, or phone.

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How would I know? System won't allow me to see if I'm getting a check! I'll see the balance in my checking but so far nothing SSDI/SSI

Recently got a letter addressed to me and my husband so I opened it, it said that are check was deposited in are bank account and it had the total.
Me and my husband do not have a joint bank account and are currently in the beginning of a divorce I have had my own bank account are entire marrige and no relief check has been deposited in my own account so I'm wondering if he applied for it and was paid the money for me and my two sons that are not biologically his and are my sole financial responsibility.
I pulled my credit report today and seen that last year he applied for a home equity loan under my name and using his phone number and I was never told of this, I think he has been stealing my information and applying for things online.
At this time its vary scary financially and I would really like some answers to why he got a check in my name if I'm not on the account? Its money I need for my boys and me that I cant access because it's in his account.

You can report the identity theft (using your information to get a home equity loan) and suspected theft of your stimulus payment at www.IdentityTheft.gov.

IdentityTheft.gov will ask you questions and complete an IRS Identity Theft Affidavit (IRS Form 14039) for you, and send it electronically to the IRS. You can include a personal statement to give the IRS details about how your identity was misused to claim your economic impact payment.

As you enter information for the IRS, you are also reporting the identity theft. The system will give you an Identity Theft Report and a plan for what to do to repair the problems. When you have the Identity Theft Report, credit bureaus  must honor your request to remove fraudulent information from your credit report. This is called blocking. Once information is blocked, companies can’t report the debt or try to collect it from you. There are sample letters in www.IdentityTheft.gov you can use to write to credit bureaus.

I’m a foster parent and the child stimulus was given to the bios instead of me. Can you report on this link if the child stimulus was deposited to the wrong person? If not then who can I report that to?

If someone used your Social Security number or personal information to get a stimulus check, file a tax return, or get other benefits, you can report that at IdentityTheft.gov. 

What happens after reporting this? When do we receive communication for the next step to get back what was stolen from us?

I was notified by the Social Security Administration (I am on SSI) on March 20, 2020 that someone had opened up two bank accounts in my name (one of them in Guatemala). This was BEFORE the announcement was made about the economic stimulis due to COVID. I went on line after talking with Soc. Sec. within a matter of days, and I did not report anything about the possibility of a stimulus check theft because it was unknown at the time. So now when I try to "get started" on the FTC website and hit the button that says "someone stole my stimuls check" when I log in my email it takes me back to the original complaint I filed with the FTC for identity theft only, not stimulus check theft. I found the IRS affidavit elsewhere on the web and filled it all out and made the necesary photo copies of my social security card and state identification- but the I.R.S. fax number will not answer, so I will have to MAIL it, adding at least another week if not more to put the stimulus check in motion, I think. I am one of the last people to be promised a benefit check- I am on SSI, and I had to wait until the May 5 deadline for SSI recipients with children to take a child credit, even though I do not have children. Now I will have to wait even longer. Confusion is very painful.

I was suppise to get mine the 24th via mail and still havent fot it 15 days later and no check no letter...nothing...im worried someone stole it..

I have also not received for me and my wife. Was mailed out on 24 got a letter saying we sent u money but no such check did u get urs yet?

I HAVE NOT RECEIVED MINE YET BUT EVERYONE I KNOW EXPECIALLY WITH MY LAST NAME HAS???

Hello my stimulus says it will be delivered on the 4th but it is not here it's the 8th now I don't know what to do someone please help.

I received stimulus check and promptly mailed it to my credit union. They say they never received it. What do I do?

I did the same thing at Great Lakes Credit Union and they said they never received it, even after 12 business days. They are very unprofessional about it too, basically saying "just call the IRS and have them re-issue a check"... WHAT? So someone just gets off with stealing a check with no investigation?!

I’m lost. My taxes for 2019 have been done for 45?days. I look at the www. irs/ Coronavirus.com, where’s my stimulous payment and it shows my stimulus check was deposited into account I used for tax refund through turbo card intuit visa debit card. Irs shows the correct last 4 numbers of this account.m, but no 1200. I’ve contacted turbo card by email several time and twice I got a vague response telling me to Hinton it’s website???? Irs says I need talk to bank? I’m not able to talk to it’s due to limited staff and time. The bank staff don’t care or won’t do their jobs.HELP IM STRUGGLING AND REALLY COULD USE THAT MONEY SINCE IM OUT OF WORK. What do I do?

What happens when your ex spouse gets your stimulus check deposited into their bank account and won’t give it to you? Will you prosecute them?

No direct deposit but I have been asking my soon to be ex where is the check that was sent and he ignores all my questions. Mailed to my former home, his current residence. I am very concerned he hijacked my check!! I have thought about taking my concern to his bank branch and claiming fraud to ask them if my name was signed to it without my knowledge since it is a govt issued check and that would constitute fraud.

You can report the stolen check and create an IRS affidavit at www.IdentityTheft.gov. Click "Get Started" on the first page. On the next page, click on the green bar that says " someone claimed an economic stimulus payment using my information."

Fill in what you know to create an identity theft report and IRS Identity Theft Affidavit. The system will create a list of steps for what you can do next.

Has anyone in your office actually tried to go through the steps that you are describing in order to report the theft of their stimulous check? It sounds like people are hitting a brick wall. That does not leave a very flattering memory of your agency.

Same happened to me!

I got a letter in the mail saying my stimulus money had been direct deposited but it had to have been in my ex-wife's account not mine. How can I get my money?

Dis you find out anything? The same thing happened to my brother!

my daughter had some sign up for my check she out me on her account I didnt know her and her friend file for me I never would have put my check on her account how long will it take to get my check some one use my grandson on their tax e y cmy grandsoh has been livimg with with me since he was one

If someone mis-used your personal information to get your stimulus check, that is identity theft. You can report that to the FTC and the IRS.

Report the stolen check and create an IRS affidavit at www.IdentityTheft.gov. Click "Get Started" on the first page. On the next page, click on the green bar that says " someone claimed an economic stimulus payment using my information."

Fill in what you know to create an identity theft report and IRS Identity Theft Affidavit. The system will create a list of steps for what you can do next.

what do i do if i think someone stole my stimulus check from my mailbox? i recieved the letter they send after the payment but i still have not recieved my check. the irs portal said the check was scheduled to be sent on april 24th 2020 and if i have this letter then my check should be here. I dont know who to contact about this.

I’m in the same position as you, did you find out any new information?

Same exact thing here....is it stolen or still in the mail??

so I believe it was stolen because I have the informed delivery app from the United States post office and my husband was scanned the same day as mine and only his was delivered. I was waiting to see if by any chance it would come in this week but it hasn’t came so I’m just gonna go ahead and do the identity theft and file the forms that need to be filed and hopefully they re-issued my check.

I got an EMail from USPS that a IRS letter was coming , which is mostly the same day, Nothing came in but I found out that one row of mailboxes was open, incl mine. Now I have to figure out what happened to my check.

Did ur check come? Or did you find out who to contact? I have the same issue.

Samething here got the letter but no check!

Same thing here irs said they mailed on may 1st got letter today but still no check .. while other had same info and got thier check and letter . They need a website for us to be able to check on it once sent or report it missing . For all I know it's stuck in a mail machine lost or stolen

If someone stole my stimulus check and I reported Are they going to send a replacement stimulus check?

Received the IRS letter stating the 1200 amount but letter was received with next door neighbor where is the check? Or are we supposed to receive letter first!? Can check be cashed by scammers?

Hi,
I haven't received a letter but the website says they will be mailing the payment on April 24, how long do I wait and if I should file it as stolen ?

My payment was sent out May 1st, 2020 and I have yet to receive.
What happens if someone else cash my check? How do I contact IRS to inquire about status of my check?

I have the same issue. May 1st mail date its May 14th and still no check or no letter. This stimulus distribution is a horrible government failure

I. Have. Not. Received. My. Check. Yet. It. Got. Mailed. Out. On april. 27, 2020. I. Did. File. Taxes. 2018, 2019. My. Old. Adress. 5720 n. 42nd st

I don’t know I have not received it yet nor has may man Lester walker

On April 15th the IRS deposited my stimulus payment into an unknown account but it was rejected and sent back to the IRS. I checked the website a few days later and there was a date of May 1st for me to receive a check in the mail. I moved at the beginning of April and completed a change of address request online through the USPS as the IRS instructed people to do but I have yet to receive the check or the letter so what should I do because I fear the system updated once the money was sent back from their direct deposit error but my check possibly was not mailed out to my new address

I am having the same problem as well but I received a letter stating that my check was mailed on the 29th of April and I have to yet to seed it and it's May 15th. There is something definitely wrong.

Did you ever get your stimulus payment?? I've called the IRS everyday since live assistance became available on the 18th and the people that answer the phones are ill equipped to deal with matters pertaining to loss or stolen checks. I was told different information each time I called and although the IRS site says it could take up to FOURTEEN days to receive a check through the USPS I was told that there's no one to speak to in the FRAUD department that is capable of looking into our accounts to track and just VOID the freakin check now that it's going on FOUR weeks of not receiving the payment!!! I even contacted the Congressman office here in Florida and the office in Washington but all I got was a courtesy callback and FALSE hope. This is ridiculous and there's no one doing jack to rectify this issue that it seems so many of us are having!!!

Did you ever receive it ?

I believe my check was taken from the mail, It’s been 2 weeks since informed delivery has alerted me it was in the mail. Spam mail was delivered that day that was also in informed delivery. I try to alert the post office but it is closed to the public in my area.

The 24th of April,the irs scheduled my payment to Be mailed. Sat may 11th I got the letter from trump saying that I am receiving 1,200 under the cares act ,but yet have yet to receive a check . From my understanding the check come first and then the letter . So what do I do next?

I’m on the same boat my stimulus check was scheduled to be sent on April 24 and I never received it I moved out of that address but that’s the address I had on my tax return and now I don’t k ow what to do and there’s no way to contact IRS have you learned any new information in this matter

I have the same problem. It showed on the post office web that it was coming May 8 th. All of my other mail came but no stimulus check. I have gone to my post office twice. The post office takes no responsibility for it missing. How do I get a new check issued to me?

Same here letter first no check . Scheduled mail date April 24

I called the 1800 829 3676 and got to speak with someone the lady said that too keep calling daily to see if customer service was open that the checks are suppose to come first than the letter I received the letter but no check my check said it was mailed on April 24th

I am in the same boat! My check was mailed the 28th- I got the letter stating it had been mailed today (May 12th) BUT NO CHECK! All of us who are dealing with this- can you please post if you end up receiving your check?? Thank you!!!

I got letter From Trump saying my stimulus was deposited into the correct account but the bank has never received it nor have I. What do I do now

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