CLEVELAND (WJW) — The Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division is warning Ohio taxpayers about a new wave of COVID-19 related scams.

According to a press release, scammers are finding ways to steal money and personal information as the second round of stimulus checks are delivered.

“Criminals have used the Economic Impact Payments and the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to steal from and profit off of victims,” said Bryant Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office.  “Being aware of some of the scams can help you protect yourself from falling victim to fraud.”

Some common COVID-19 scams include:

  • Text messages asking taxpayers to disclose bank account information under the guise of receiving the $1,200 Economic Impact Payments.
  • Phishing schemes using email, letters and…

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