Phishing emails are a pain. They are often straightforward to identify, but for safety’s sake, just never click a link in an email. They can seem very real, and even when you click the link and are prompted to log in to whichever service you are using, it may seem like all things are as they should be. Just don’t it. Phishing emails are very successful at stealing all of the information needed to access your accounts. It’s mainly for services such as PayPal that simply need a username and password to access.
Regarding stimulus checks, you will often find the email says something along the lines of your stimulus check is available to be claimed, just log in to your account. Never login to anything via an email, always do so from your browser. This is also why it’s an excellent idea to set security questions and two-factor authentication. Even if you do fall for a phishing scam, the scammer won’t be able to access your account with access to your phone and some pretty specific security question answers.
TotesNewsworthy explains that hopefully, this will help you avoid some common scams; these scams are prevalent everywhere. You’ll just find they are more prevalent now because stimulus checks are entering circulation. There is a lot of money to be had for shifty scammers and don’t they just know it. If you are suspicious of a scam/scammer, simply report them to the IRS or the police. That usually is a waste of time and energy. Just be vigilant. Stay Safe.