Being Prepared for COVID-19 Scams for Seniors

COVID-19 has presented quite a few challenges to the normalcy of our daily lives. From rolling lockdown to companies moving to fully remote teams, the pandemic has created distance and also brought people together. Ther’s one thing that hasn’t changed during the age of COVID-19. Scams are on the rise amongst seniors. Our post identifies the top scams to watch out for and the ones on the rise.

Expedited stimulus checks

Most Americans received a stimulus check from the federal government starting at $1,200 per household. Depending on if you have a direct deposit with the government, it may take months before you receive your account by direct deposit or by mail. Scammers are calling seniors and asking them if they would like an expedited stimulus payment. The good news is that the IRS has a site for you to check on your payment status. Clicking the link below shows your current status. You may get a “Payment Status Not Available” message. If you get the payment status message, there are three reasons why.

If one of those reasons is that you did not file your taxes in 2018 or 2019, the IRS has a special website to get your relief payment.

Coronavirus stimulus: 6 reasons your $1,200 check may not be in the mail

Notes for Seniors: Other stimulus check scams provided by the IRS

The United States Government-issued online coronavirus tests

Since the pandemic hit the United States in March 2020, tests have been hard to find. The FDA recently approved the first to market test that can be administered at home via a nasal swab said to be safe and accurate. Moreover, if you find a business selling “coronavirus tests” online, this is almost certainly a scam. Any coronavirus tests should be administered by a physician or at a local testing site.