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Please visit Coronavirus stimulus payment scams: What you need to know for the most recent information.

As the Coronavirus takes a growing toll on people’s pocketbooks, there are reports that the government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to each of us. The details are still being worked out, but there are a few really important things to know, no matter what this looks like.

1. The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. No fees. No charges. No nothing.

2. The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.

3. These reports of checks aren’t yet a reality. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.

Look, normally we’d wait to know what the payment plan looks like before we put out a message like this. But these aren’t normal times. And we predict that the scammers are gearing up to take advantage of this.

So, remember: no matter what this payment winds up being, only scammers will ask you to pay to get it. If you spot one of these scams, please tell the Federal Trade Commission: www.ftc.gov/complaint. We’re doing our best to stop these scammers in their tracks, and your report will help.

Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus-related scams at www.ftc.gov/coronavirus or by signing up to get these consumer alerts. 

Watch these videos for more tips on how to avoid ecomonic impact payment scams:

FTC tips to avoid economic impact payment scams

Updated link added on April 21, 2020.

4,858 Comments

sepia (not verified)
March 18, 2020
It's so nice to see a message from the government that reads like it was written by an engaged human being. Keep up the good work.
vastyjcruz (not verified)
March 19, 2020
Quiero ser incluida en los cheque del gobierno o prestamos de los proximos como puedo saber si califico ?
DonSeptember (not verified)
March 18, 2020

In reply to by sepia (not verified)

I agree! The personal touch is very refreshing. Thanks for the info, the communications, and the 'be aware' heads up! And best of luck to you and yours in these abnormal times.
rmendez
March 19, 2020

In reply to by vastyjcruz (not verified)

Todavía no se sabe nada sobre el proceso. Este alerta es para dejarte saber que tengas cuidado porque pueden haber estafas relacionadas a esto.

DCHART (not verified)
March 18, 2020

In reply to by DonSeptember (not verified)

Will Disabled Veterans get a stimulus check also?
silversister (not verified)
March 19, 2020

In reply to by DCHART (not verified)

Will people on disability get government checks?
FTC Staff
March 20, 2020

In reply to by silversister (not verified)

As of today, there are no confirmed details about any stimulus money. Watch for updates from trusted news sources to find the latest

AP1416 (not verified)
March 20, 2020

In reply to by FTC Staff

Thank you. I will keep looking for updates. We are just all so very worried. Most of us have children to care for. Even if we don’t, I’m sure it is very hard for people. A lot of people are scared and confused I’m sure. Anyways. I do hope Trump considers low income people and people who are disabled. Ty
Don't use cwes… (not verified)
March 27, 2020

In reply to by AP1416 (not verified)

People on SSI will get a stimulus package check, but how much, I'm not sure. It was on smartnews. I think it depends on how much money u get every month. My question is do u have to apply for it or does it go into your automatic deposit bank account?
Tbtent (not verified)
April 02, 2020

In reply to by Don't use cwes… (not verified)

I would also like to know.on checks for ssi if they will come ?
Nanny Hawkins (not verified)
May 18, 2020

In reply to by Don't use your… (not verified)

What have I not received my steamilious check I have have automatic deposit with direct Express. I am on social security SSI
Msog32 (not verified)
June 27, 2020

In reply to by Tbtent (not verified)

Where is my economic payment deposit is at is it been sent to me
Lakretia S Steel (not verified)
December 26, 2020

In reply to by packing (not verified)

Nothing was deposited in my bank account
Fed Up (not verified)
April 02, 2020

In reply to by Don't use cwes… (not verified)

I read in the news that you do not have to apply. You are automatically granted it. They are sending it the same way you receive your SSI. So if you have your bank information connected to your disability then that’s how the stimulus check is coming.
ricko (not verified)
April 03, 2020

In reply to by Fed Up (not verified)

thanks,,,you answered the question i was bout to ask,,,ROCKING IN THE FREE WORLD,,,
kidrock19185340 (not verified)
April 21, 2020

In reply to by ricko (not verified)

I want to know when we're going to get ours I would like to know when the stimulus check is going to be put on Direct Express Card I keep calling my card and I keep hearing the word zero can you please tell me when exactly was going to get it
Eddieed08 (not verified)
April 28, 2020

In reply to by kidrock19185340 (not verified)

I have direct Express card. My 1200 is pending when I checked today. If you are not registered with direct Express then go ahead and create an account or have someone do it for you. Download the App Login and you will see exactly the amount pending. To answer question the answer is yes your stimulus will come to your card.I do not know if they will also give my regular benefit s at the same time. According to my readings We should get it tonight. Hope this helps.
Kevin (not verified)
April 13, 2020

In reply to by Fed Up (not verified)

I get that and all but when do the people on SSI actually get their checks from the government.
Jllpn77 (not verified)
April 15, 2020

In reply to by Fed Up (not verified)

I read that too. Same goes for people on disability . My disability goes by direct deposit onto my Direct Express debit card.
Laura hutson (not verified)
April 20, 2020

In reply to by Fed Up (not verified)

When will stimulious payment be on my direct exdpress
mindee99 (not verified)
April 09, 2020

In reply to by Don't use cwes… (not verified)

My question is ......do I have to apply for it or does it go into your automatic bank account?
bunnygirl08072… (not verified)
April 11, 2020

In reply to by Don't use cwes… (not verified)

Will people on SSI that has a direct Express card get their money on their direct Express card
Sandylo (not verified)
April 14, 2020

In reply to by bunnygirl08072… (not verified)

No one can seem to answer this simple question about if the stimulus check will go on the Direct Express card that's wat people want to know. You cant get intouch with the IRS Social Security have no answers please we need answer. Thank You.
SweetLady63 (not verified)
April 15, 2020

In reply to by Sandylo (not verified)

I would like to know if my stimulant check will come on my DirectExpress card with my regular monthly income, Since no one seems to be able to tell us that
Julie Laurent (not verified)
March 19, 2021

In reply to by Sandylo (not verified)

My payment in the pass has been on my prepaid card where i recieve my social security.why not this time.
Vanessalabuena (not verified)
April 21, 2020

In reply to by bunnygirl08072… (not verified)

J want to use my card has a chop but its said it's not invalid it's blocking so j couldebuse it again what can I fo
Don't use your… (not verified)
April 16, 2020

In reply to by Don't use cwes… (not verified)

Before we know about stimulus my son claimed me on his tax return.i pay my own way from social security benefits.also supports my wife.so my son got a 500 dollar tax credit and I lost 1200.not a good trade.if our social security benefits were increased,many seniors in my position would have an easier time accepting being claimed as dependent and loosing 1200.this would be a fair trade.we paid taxes too.is this the way to treat our seniors.i guess so.i have to remember we put the voters on this bill in office.Our bad.further more they vote as they want.or as expected to vote by their party.like so what if our older generation gets screwed.they really don't get it.we also need some help.i for one live below poverty line.aprox.11,050 a year.and also take care of my wife who can't get disability.go figure.
Don't use your… (not verified)
April 18, 2020

In reply to by Don't use cwes… (not verified)

I am a senior on ss,get paid by Direct deposit when will I see my stimulus money?
Doris Stevens (not verified)
April 28, 2020

In reply to by Don't use your… (not verified)

When can I expect my stimulus check I have direct deposit for my SSI ?
MARIE DOLAN (not verified)
May 13, 2020

In reply to by Doris Stevens (not verified)

DO I HAVE TO FILE ANY INFORMATUION FOR THE CHECK HOW LONG SHOUD IT TAKE TO ON SOCIAL SECURTY...…...DIRECT DEPOSIT
Gizmo2 (not verified)
June 24, 2020

In reply to by Doris Stevens (not verified)

I qualify for the stimulus check but don't have it yet. When will it arrive?
Andree1 (not verified)
March 22, 2020

In reply to by FTC Staff

I am disabled veteran. Will I receive a stimulus check from the government through the covid 19 enconomic package
C_-_22 (not verified)
March 23, 2020

In reply to by Andree1 (not verified)

I am also a concerned disabled desert storm veteran and would like to know if I will be recieving a stimulus check as well.
Q Sent Me (not verified)
March 30, 2020

In reply to by C_-_22 (not verified)

Yes, anyone making under $75,000 a year will receive a check for $1200
Jean1221 (not verified)
April 08, 2020

In reply to by j (not verified)

Individuals who earned more than $99,000 and couples who earned more than $198,000 jointly will not receive checks. The size of the check will decrease based on income for individuals who earned more than $75,000. The payment for individuals will shrink by $5 for every $100 earned over $75,000 and $150,000 for married couples.
101st ABN (not verified)
April 11, 2020

In reply to by C_-_22 (not verified)

Hey brother I'm a desert storm veteran also and I think we don't have to do anything the money will come straight to our banks because social security and the VA have our routing information.However, I heard and read it would be 600 and I also heard and read it will be $1,200!So I just let it go and gonna try and let God take care of it for me Thanks for your service brother
DTG HYHAND 3 (not verified)
March 24, 2020

In reply to by Andree1 (not verified)

I receive SSI and veterans disability. Am I eligible for the stimulus funds.
Showarth (not verified)
March 24, 2020

In reply to by DTG HYHAND 3 (not verified)

Social Security Administration data used directly; beneficiaries of Supplemental Security Income, which often benefits old or disabled people in poverty, are not included in the current version.
Don't use your… (not verified)
April 14, 2020

In reply to by Showarth (not verified)

Yes we are stop giving false info
Pamela Anderson (not verified)
March 27, 2020

In reply to by Gina (not verified)

Will I receive my stimulus package on my direct Express card
Andy Douglas (not verified)
April 02, 2020

In reply to by Pamela Anderson (not verified)

Will I be able to get my stimulus check on my Direct Express debit card that I received my SSI on every month
Perri Deborah (not verified)
April 03, 2020

In reply to by Andy Douglas (not verified)

Will my stimulus money go on my direct express card