Md. Comptroller warning taxpayers of phishing scams to steal stimulus checks

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is warning citizens about phishing scams to steal stimulus checks.

Franchot says that the scammers are making phone calls, sending text messages and phishing emails to individuals and tax preparers, trying to obtain personal information to take money from people’s stimulus checks. He says they are using language such as “in order to receive your/your client’s stimulus payment via direct deposit, we need you to confirm the banking information”, and are making phone calls or directing people to click on a link that takes them to a website to enter personal information.

The agency is working with the IRS to identify the scams and will alert citizens as they happen. The Comptroller wants to remind citizens that the IRS and the Maryland Comptroller’s Office will not call, text, or email you to verify your banking information.

If you think you are being targeted, you should contact the Comptroller’s Office at taxhelp@marylandtaxes.gov.

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