The Department of Justice has warned of a “new wave of COVID-19 scams” amid the ongoing second round of stimulus payments being delivered to Americans.

In a statement Wednesday, the department said: “In the last several months, IRS-CI [Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation] has seen a variety of Economic Impact Payment (EIP) [stimulus payment] scams and other financial schemes designed to steal money and personal information from taxpayers.”

Criminals were reported to be taking advantage of the second round of stimulus payments and the upcoming tax filing season “to trick honest taxpayers out of their hard-earned money,” the department said.

Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow said in the statement: “I urge citizens to remain alert and to be skeptical of any telephone calls, e-mails, or websites that request personal information or banking information, while promising money or services that seem too good to be true.”

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