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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, 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 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, also will give you a recovery plan with steps you can take to help protect yourself from further identity theft.

Use 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.


I did not receive my stimulus check

Stimulus check sent to unknown bank account on Apr 15 still nothing i dont know what to do

My check went to my old address, despite the change of address I did, and I think they kept it. It’s been almost a month and I still have not received it. What to do?

I got the payment confirmation letter on May 15 but no stimulus check. It said it was to be mailed out May 1, 2020 and still no check. I don't know how long to wait before filing identity theft but I will call the post office.

Even though I received my 2019 taxes, apparently someone was still able to claim me as a dependent, which made me ineligible for a stimulus check.I sent out a 14093 form already Will I receive a stimulus check after the tax fraud has been fixed? Please help

In order to submit bank information for direct deposit for the stimulus check one must choose wether they received a refund or owed money and how much. I filed, but didn't receive a refund or owe money so I'm denied and locked out from submitting.

I think my check got stolen out of my mail box I got the letter saying I received it and the get my payment says it was mailed may 1 I need help

The web site says check was sent out on 4/28/20 .I have not received any letter nor my check. I've had my mail Forward to new Address Plus I have a POBox. NOTHING. I NEED MY MONEY. YOU CAN'T GET A LIVE PERSON TO AT LEAST PUT A STOP & REISSUE. I DON'T NO IF IT WAS STOLEN OR SENT TO THE LAST PLACE I DID MY TAXES... I DON'T HAVE NO ONE TO REPORT THIS TO. THE POST OFFICE IS NO HELP...

I saw my check in my "informed delivery" photo along with several other items that were to be delivered. The mailman did not deliver any of the mail. It was stolen by a carrier. How do I get my check replaced?? I reported the incident to the Post Master General.

I went to my payment to find status on my stimulous payment.It read:
The last 4 digits #and it wasnt a card or account thats was supposed to go on my direct express on disability,i havent seen any information on what steps to take?

I'm having the same issue. Informed delivery states that my check was being delivered on the 9th of may. It is now the 18th and still nothing has come in the mail. By seeing the informed delivery, I know that the check was at the distribution center in Portland. But from there, I have no clue what's happened. I've been to the post office and declared it missing. I hate to say it but how would I ever know if my check was stolen by a post office employee? I'm begging the irs to at least give us some info on what to do since we aren't supposed to call about stimulus questions. How can we make sure the check hasn't been cashed somehow? And how can we cancel the check if it has been stolen?

Same thing happened to me. Informed Digest from the post office said it was coming that day. Saw picture of check in envelope. Never delivered. Call IRS stimulus phone number. 800 919 9835 and press 1 for live person

How do I report it if my stimulus check was stolen from my mailbox?

Someone has been using different ID to sign in to get my payment and they might have stolen my stimulus check

Report the stolen check and create an IRS affidavit at 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.

I received a paper check and it was stolen how do I get another one reissued?

Me too. The freaking 24th. I have been checking my mail box since 22nd. No check. Only a white house letter by 5/8 .And I dont get the point to update your bank account,since irs gonna send you the check anyway.and no where to ask to report.

my stimulas check is saying deposited into account but netspend saying they never received it

My stimulus check was scheduled to be mailed to me by or on May 1st and I still haven’t gotten my check and I think it was inserted in the wrong mailbox or stolen from my mailbox.

So I got a letter saying my stimulus check will … arrive in a check or debit card. Get my payment said it was mailed May 1, 2020 ! Is this conceivable "
Thank you

I got a letter saying that my check was mailed or a debit card or check and received neither and the letter said . will … come " 1 Get my payment said it was mailed May 1, 2020 !
Does any of this make sense ?

I have not received my stimlius check and it said it was suppose to be mailed out on the 24th of April I got the letter from the IRS but still ain't received the check what do I do.

I need help please I am separated from spouse pending a divorce he use my information alone with my children to file for the stimulus and the money was deposited into his account. I reached out to him to request my half of the money he said no and before he give me any money he would go to jail. I did reach out to the police and was told to start here alone with the report they took

Any suggestions on what to do because I didn’t authorize the use of my personal information

Thanks for answering my question

You can report the stolen check and create an IRS affidavit at 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.

My stimulus check was supposed to be mailed out on May 1, 2020. Its may 18th and i still have not recieved my check yet. Today i recieved the 15 day letter but no check. What is going on? I paid my taxes as well. Here they talking about sending more money and i haven't even recieved the first check yet.

I’m dealing with the same problem mines was supposed to be mailed out May 1 also but my other problem is it was mailed to my old address

It seems that I'm in the same position as everyone else. On 5/9 informed delivery sent me an email with an image of the stimulus check. Needless to say it never arrived, but our other mail that was shown to be arriving came without any issues. I've been to the local post office and they've told me that the image for informed delivery is taken at the distribution center in portland. I tried going there but was told that customers could not enter and only employees were allowed in. I know for certain that it made it to the distribution center (thank god for informed delivery.) Now I just want to find out if that check has been stolen and cashed. If it hasn't been cashed, then I just want a way to cancel it before whoever has it figures out a way to cash it, or finds a place willing to cash a fraudulent stimulus check. The longer an active check is out there, the more opportunity there is for something to happen. I empathize with everyone and I am truly at a loss as to what steps to take next. I can't get anyone from the IRS on the phone. I've tried the number provided but it seems like it's only for automated information. And on the website it asks to please not contact them about the stimulus check. Please, I'd greatly appreciate.

My stimulus check was scheduled to be mailed April 24th it’s May 18th and I still haven’t received the check or the letter

Im on Social Security & had to change my bank info after someone in Malaysia was connected to my email. Everyone I know got a check including my bro in law who I live and care for.
I just feel abandoned after working 47 years. What if it was stolen from mail? Tried get my payment. Says no info.
Thanks for nothing.

Somebody stole my check and cashed it

How do you know they cashed it ?

This FTC blog post explains what to do if you think an identity thief got your stimulus payment.

Report the stolen check and create an IRS affidavit at 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.

"The system will create a list of steps for what you can do next." What are those steps? If this is like everything else has been in this process I am betting that it makes you go through all of those steps only to discover that the "next steps" are useless and provide no answers about getting a replacement for the lost payment.

My stimulus mail date was april 24th. I received the notice over a week ago I'm receiving the 1200$stimulus by check/debit card. It has been 24 days since the mail date. What should I do? The number on the notice is all automated. Nothing to do with lost nor stolen stimulus checks. Nothing on irs page for it either.

My check was mailed on the 24th of April..This was after I entered direct deposit information..My address has been updated since January and I have yet to even see my check in my USPS dashboard..Its something wrong and Its so messed up you can't contact the IRS about this!

Our stimulus check is missing. The IRS portal says the check was direct deposited to our bank account, with the correct last 4 digits of the account, but never showed up. We received the letter signed by Trump stating it had been deposited but still nothing. Spoke with our bank who did an investigation on it but now they say we need the 15 digit tracking number from the IRS for the ckeck but cannot get ahold of anyone there. Any ideas on what to do?

I also went on mine to the IRS government where's my stimulus it shows that it was scheduled for May 20th to my direct deposit which also showed the last four correct numbers XXXX . The 20th has come and gone I also got the letter saying that I had received my stimulus check which I have not. The bank said they never received it so what's going on any advice?

Y would any1 be allowed to deposit a stimulus check that isnt theirs I to their account?how?y?

I had to receive my stimulus check by mail on 1st may also i saw picture on usps email too, but I didn't get anything. What i need to do ?

My boyfriend still has not received his payment. I received mine a few weeks ago. How can I check to see if someone stole his identity and stimulus check?

The IRS website says my check was sent on April 24th as well. I also received a letter saying my payment was sent to me in form of check/debit card but I did not receive anything.
It’s possible that my check was stolen. If so, what should I do?
Seeing that others whose checks were sent around the same date did not receive their payment, could this be an IRS issue?
How can we contact the IRS when our answers aren’t on the website and the phone only has automated messages???

My money was supposedly mailed on April 26. I received the letter saying it was on its way. Was I supposed to receive the letter before or after the check? I need to know what happened to my check. I really need the money. How can I know if someone else cashed it or if it was deposited into some account or probably the mail man placed it into someone elses mailbox.

Hi is there any way I can check if my stimulus check has been cashed? If I report it lost how long will it take get it again?

My stimulus check was mailed to an old address. How do I know if the person living in my old house hasn’t thrown my mail away or if he returns it, will it find me at my new address?

Irs get my payment tool said to be mailed April 24 and it’s may 20 and still nothing not even the letter. The website doesn’t help much for people that have moved since filing taxes. Even tho it says as long as address is updated with the usps I should receive my payment still nothing and to top it all the Usps hasn’t gaven me any of my mail since I’ve moved even tho I changed my address with them so does that mean I won’t get my check ?

Get my payment page says mailed out on May 1st. Never received it. Got the letter saying I would get it on a check/debit card. I received the letter from them on May 17th. How do I know if someone has cashed my check?

I used the get my payment tool for my stimulus check it told me to add my bank account information to set up direct deposit I did then when I went back on To see when the money will be deposited into my account it said they scheduled the check to mailed on May 1 2020 to the address they have on file which was my old address I moved I tried to update it myself but it didn’t let me I went to file my taxes with my new address and Days after I filed I tried to enter the new address in the get my tool payment Along with my information and it says they don’t have any information for me I check the old address one it said that I would be receiving a letter in 15 days to be able to notify them if I received it or not but how can I notify them if they’re mailing it to the old address and not my new one I’ve also gone to the post office since I did file a change of address when I moved in Dec 2019and they told me it should be redirected Since it hasn’t been a year of me living at my new address they didn’t give me any more information other than that they just said to wait it is now may 20th 2020 I still haven’t received it I’ve gone tried going to the old address several times To ask the tenant if they received my letter or sent it back but I’ve had no luck in speaking to a person since no one answers the door how do I report the irs that I haven’t received my payment ?

My message on the IRS coronavirus/get-my-payment website notes that the IRS scheduled my payment to be deposited on May 13, 2020 into my bank account. Unfortunately, to date, the IRS has not deposited funds into the account, and live representatives of my bank say that the stimulus money has NOT been deposited. (I checked with the bank twice.) I have no idea if a minor mistake has been made or if fraud has occurred since there is no live support available from the IRS to address such concerns. Why support a second round of possible payments through the HEROES Act when the first round of stimulus payments has been such a scattershot process?

I check my and it says it was mailed out on 24th of april and it is may 20th annd still no check but got the letter stating that i am getting one. But still nothing. Really could use it

I had my check sent to a address that the residents claim it never came through the mail there??


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