The IRS will deposit the check directly into the bank account you used to file your 2018 or 2019 taxes — but some, like the elderly, who are less likely to use the e-file system, still may get a check in the mail.
Paper checks should have a full dollar amount. Officials say if you get a check in the mail that appears to be from the IRS but is for an odd dollar amount, like cents, it is likely a scam.
If you get a text, email or phone call saying you have to hand over your Social Security number, PayPal account, or debit or credit card information, authorities say it’s a scam.
If you suspect you may be a victim of a scam or relevant fraud, call the IRS or local federal authorities.