Landlord caught illegally spying on tenant’s stimulus check status
- Not long after the IRS launched a web portal to let Americans check the status of their stimulus payment, an Oregon tenant was allegedly contacted by his landlord asking if he was going to use the money that he had received to pay rent.
- The discussion between the tenant and the landlord shows that the landlord checked on the status of the tenant's payment by using their SSN and other information they had on hand.
- The IRS website warns that this is illegal, and the tenant has since filed suit.
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Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) introduced an online tool on its website that allows Americans to check the status of their Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus checks. On the one hand, it's a fairly straightforward and convenient tool -- provide some identifiable information about yourself and you can figure out whether or not and precisely when the direct deposit will hit your bank account. But gaining access to someone's stimulus payment status might actually be too easy, as one Oregon man discovered.
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Landlord caught illegally spying on tenant’s stimulus check status originally appeared on BGR.com on Fri, 24 Apr 2020 at 22:12:04 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.