The IRS says it received a record number of complaints about Economic Impact Payment scams in June and July in which con artists attempt to impersonate an IRS official.
IRS officials said in a news release these “phishing” scammers are related to payouts to ease the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The con artists try to mirror legitimate IRS communications with the goal of convincing unsuspecting taxpayers to enter personal information or submit a payment, officials said. This information is then exploited by culprit.
The number of scams have reached a level “not seen in more than a decade,” the release said.
“Deliberately defrauding American taxpayers is a criminal offense and Criminal Investigations will investigate these individuals and recommend prosecution,” said Brian Thomas, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Detroit IRS Criminal Investigations.