How do I protect myself from fraud?

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Be aware that fraud schemes related to coronavirus (or COVID-19) may try to steal your sensitive personal information, money, or home.  Assistance to homeowners and renters is available through the CARES Act and other programs; however, scammers are increasing attempts to harm homeowners, mortgage borrowers, and renters through housing scams, relief scams, and mortgage fraud. 

What can I do to avoid scams related to stimulus payments?
The IRS urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for scam artists trying to use the stimulus payments as cover for schemes to steal personal information and money.
The IRS will not call you, text you, email you, or contact you on social media asking for personal or bank account information - even related to the stimulus payments.
Watch out for emails with attachments or links claiming to have special information about stimulus payments or refunds.