ALERT: No sooner did the second round of stimulus checks start going out than a new wave of scams began, authorities said.

With COVID-19 still rampant and tax filing season near, thieves have been busy tricking honest Americans out of their hard-earned money, warned Michael Montanez, the special agent in charge of the IRS – Criminal Investigation Field Office in Newark.

Aiming to protect them, Montanez assembled information to help New Jersey taxpayers protect their finances and not “fall victim to criminals looking to take advantage of them.”

Look out for:

  • Text messages asking taxpayers to disclose bank account information under the guise of receiving their $600 Economic Impact payments;
  • The organized and unofficial sale of fake at-home COVID-19 test kits (as well as offers to sell fake cures, vaccines, pills, and professional medical advice regarding unproven coronavirus treatments);
  • Fake donation requests for…

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