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Posted on: March 30, 2020

COVID-19: Scam Alerts

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The Minnesota Department of Revenue cautions Minnesotans to be wary of scams that are rising during COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) authorizes stimulus payments to those who qualify. As a result, scammers may target Minnesotans and try to steal their personal information.

Will government agencies contact me about stimulus payments?

No. Government agencies, including the IRS and the Minnesota Department of Revenue, will not call, text, or email you requesting information for stimulus payments.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue does not have a role in issuing these or other federal payments.

What should I do? 

Be aware of phishing calls, emails, or texts that include language such as: “In order to receive your stimulus payment by direct deposit, you must confirm your bank information.”

If you get a suspicious email or text requesting information, report it. Do not click on links or open any attachments.

Where can I find more information? 

For details on federal stimulus payments, monitor the IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief webpage.

For Minnesota tax-related information, see Our Response to COVID-19 on our website.

Visit the SBA Resources website for additional information.

SBA Scam Alert Document (PDF)
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