RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), there has been an uptick in scams mostly relating to Economic Impact Payments.
Scammers would convince unsuspecting victims to enter their personal information or submit a payment, which is then exploited.
Below is an example of IRS impersonation emails and text messages:
The IRS says they have received a record number of complaints in June and July of 2021, which is more they have seen in a decade.
Recent scam reports include:
- Text messages stating that a taxpayer is eligible for a “stimulus payment” and they must click on a link to complete the necessary information to claim it.
- Phishing emails claiming the IRS has calculated a taxpayer’s “fiscal activity” and they are eligible for an Economic Impact payment in a specific amount.
Taxpayers should lookout for the following indicators of a scam: