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IRS warns against COVID-19 fraud

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – A warning from the Internal Revenue Service for Alabamians about a new wave of COVID-19 scams. It comes as the second round of stimulus checks are delivered and filing season soon begins.

Special Agent James E. Dorsey said so many people are experiencing heart ache, job loss, and tough times. Dorsey said all that together is a recipe for disaster for scammers to swoop in and steal your cash and identity.

“This is the first pandemic in 100 years,” said Special Agent in Charge James E. Dorsey. “We haven’t had a situation where we had a pandemic, the economy is down, and so much loss of life and jobs all at the same time. It is as perfect storm, if you will.”

Agents with the IRS are preparing for things to get even worse as tax filing season approaches.

“People are looking for ways to make quick hits, score large sums of money by whatever means.”

Last year, the IRS investigated almost two thousand identity scams,…

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