Harder Warns of Coronavirus Stimulus Scams

May 1, 2020
Press Release
Over 150,000 Fake Stimulus Websites Have Been Registered According to Recent Report

Modesto, CA – In response to concerns from his constituents as well as a recent report about scam websites, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is warning constituents to be on the lookout for criminals. Scammers have targeted innocent people online and over the phone, posing as the IRS. Rep. Harder has compiled a short list of helpful tips to ensure people can get their stimulus payments while avoiding criminals.

“People should be on the lookout for crooks trying to steal their money – especially now with these new programs folks aren’t familiar with,” said Rep. Harder. “Only use official websites and don’t trust anything people say about paying up front to get your stimulus check.”

Representative Harder is encouraging constituents to:

  • Only use IRS.Gov to submit information on stimulus payments.
  • Refuse phone calls, text messages, or emails from people claiming to be representatives of the IRS.
  • The IRS will not send unsolicited communications asking people to open attachments, visit a website or share personal or financial information.
  • Don’t trust anyone who claims that stimulus relief requires up-front payment from individuals.
  • Report Coronavirus scams to the IRS here and to the Federal Trade Commission here.