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Although the last round of pandemic stimulus payments was delivered in the spring, scammers are still trying to take advantage of Americans.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigations unit saw a surge of phishing scams this summer, the agency announced this week.

“The number of reported scam attempts reached levels we haven’t seen in more than a decade,” said Chief of IRS Criminal Investigation Jim Lee in a statement. More than ever, it is important for taxpayers to continue to protect their personal information and not fall victim to these scams.”

The surge of scam attempts includes text messages and emails that claim the recipient is eligible for a so-called stimulus payment.

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