SCAM Bulletin: IRS Economic Impact Payments
We have received reports of persons receiving official looking emails from the IRS regarding the third round of the Impact Payments. This is a nationwide scam and has a link to click to “confirm” your information.
Below is information furnished by the IRS concerning these emails and related scam activity.
- Text messages asking taxpayers to disclose bank account information under the guise of receiving the $1,200 Economic Impact Payments or payments of some form in different amounts.
- Phishing schemes using email, letters and social media messages with key words such as “Coronavirus,” “COVID-19,” and “stimulus” in varying ways. These communications are blasted to large numbers of people and aim to access personally identifying information and financial account information (including account numbers and passwords).
- The organized and unofficial sale of fake at-home COVID-19 test kits (as well as offers to sell fake cures, vaccines, pills, and professional medical advice regarding unproven COVID-19 treatments).
- Fake donation requests for individuals, groups and areas heavily affected by the disease.
Taxpayers who receive unsolicited emails or social media attempts to gather information that appear to be from either the IRS or an organization closely linked to the IRS, should forward the message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Taxpayers are encouraged not to engage potential scammers online or on the phone.