IRS probe sees surge in scams tied to economic impact payments

 IRS probe sees surge in scams tied to economic impact payments


DENVER — The Internal Revenue Service received a record number of complaints about Economic Impact Payment scams in June and July 2021, a level not seen in more than a decade.

“Criminals are relentless in trying to victimize the public and during this pandemic are after your economic impact payments which are intended to help those in need” said Andy Tsui, IRS criminal investigation special agent in charge for the state of Montana said in an IRS press release, “The IRS will not ask for your personal or financial information through text messages, emails, phone calls, or through social media.”

Phishing scams attempt to mirror legitimate IRS communications with the goal of convincing unsuspecting taxpayers to enter personal information or submit a payment. This information is then exploited by scammers.

Recent scam…

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