Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau (17 April 2020)

Location:  Hong Kong and Macau

Event:  The Internal Revenue Service urges U.S. taxpayers to beware of telephone calls and email phishing attempts regarding COVID-19.  These can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft.  Taxpayers should also look out for suspicious websites, text messages, and social media messages that request money or personal information.

For more information, please see the Internal Revenue Service’s news release.

The Internal Revenue Service also released a new tool that allows individuals to check the status of their Economic Impact Payments.  For more information, please see the Internal Revenue Service’s website.

Actions to Take:

  • Forward unsolicited emails, text messages, or social media attempts to gather information that appear to be from either the IRS or an organization closely linked to the IRS, such as the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), to
  • Do not engage potential scammers online or on the phone. Learn more about reporting suspected scams by going to the Report Phishing and Online Scams page at
  • Find official IRS information about the COVID-19 pandemic and economic impact payments at