The IRS is warning Louisiana taxpayers about a new wave of COVID-19-related scams as the agency delivers the second round of Economic Impact Payments.

In the last several months, IRS Criminal Investigation Division says they have seen a variety of Economic Impact Payment (EIP) scams and other financial schemes designed to steal money and personal information from taxpayers.

“During this COVID-19 Pandemic people have been impacted in many ways to include loss of life, loss of their jobs or in some cases a combination of both. For instance, some families’ primary provider may have lost their life to COVID-19 which severely impacts that family’s source of income. Thus, many families are looking for immediate forms of financial relief which can make them vulnerable to scams. Ruthless criminals are actively seeking to take advantage of unsuspecting individuals, preying upon them by stealing their Economic Impact Payments or personal information.”

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