The Internal Revenue Service received a record number of complaints about Economic Impact Payment scams in June and July 2021 not seen in more than a decade.
“There has been a sharp rise in scams linked to the Economic Impact Payments. IRS-Criminal Investigation is committed to pursuing these scammers,” said Ryan Korner, Special Agent in Charge with the IRS-CI Los Angeles Field Office. “To those who steal from the American public and take advantage of a stimulus plan meant to help those affected by COVID-19, beware…you will be caught, and you will be held accountable.”
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 reports include:
• Text messages stating that a taxpayer is eligible for a “stimulus payment” and they must click on a link to complete the…