Most people, by now, have received their economic stimulus payments - by direct deposit, check or debit card - but the IRS is still sending them out. If you haven't gotten yours yet or have questions about your payment, call 800-919-9835 or visit to get answers to common questions. 

However, the IRS will never call you about your payment. The IRS will never demand payment, threaten to arrest you or intimidate you with deportation.

Scammers pretending to be from the government can alter your caller ID to appear as if the call is coming from a government agency, but the government usually will not call or email about a money-related matter. They will most always contact you through the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Some examples of scammers pretending to be from government agencies include: pretending to be from Medicare or Medicaid, asking you to verify information for medicine or medical equipment; or, claiming to be from the Social Security Administration, saying there's been fraud or a problem with your social security number. 

If you get a call or email from the IRS or any government agency asking for money, hang up the phone or delete the email. It's a scam. 

To check the status of your coronavirus payment, visit

Learn about scams related to COVID-19 at

If anyone tries to trick you into giving up your information or if you’ve already experienced a scam, report it to the FTC.

Sarah Taubenheim

Sarah is the Media Specialist at Heartland Bank. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in Communication Studies. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends and organizing and decorating her home.

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