PANDEMIC FRAUD - What you need to know!


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Economic Impact Payments

  • Economic Impact Payment checks issued by the Department of the Treasury can be verified at tcva.fiscal.treasury.gov. Treasury and the Secret Service have launched a "Know Your U.S. Treasury Check" Campaign to protect against fraud. The first line of the memo in the lower left of the check will read "Economic Impact Payment." The second line will bear the President's name.

Please do not respond to calls, emails, or other communications claiming to be from the treasury department and offering:

  • COVID-19 related grants or stimulus payments in exchange for personal financial information,
  • an advance fee,
  • a charge of any kind, or
  • the purchase of gift cards,
Contact the FBI at www.ic3.gov so that the scammers can be tracked and stopped.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), U.S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, and U.S. Secret Service have released a Joint Alert covering coronavirus payment-related frauds and scams.  

Email phishing, spoofed calls, and voicemails

COVID medical, charities, and person-in-need scams

Work-from-home information

Unemployment Benefit Fraud

COVID-related unemployment benefit fraud has been reported by the states of Washington, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Florida. ePay's Fraud Alert on May 15 provides details on identifying Washington unemployment benefits. Identifiers for other states are being reported by member financial institutions in our Connections Member Community discussion. This resource requires logging in with your member user ID and password.

ePay issued a second Fraud Alert on May 22 on this topic.  

General information on scams

  • The FTC is tracking complaints related to coronavirus and taking actions against scammers using the pandemic to defraud consumers. Find out more about the types of scams and how to avoid them at https://www.ftc.gov/coronavirus.

You can sign up for daily alerts from their Consumer Information Blog to stay on top of the latest threats.