COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent a warning out to South Carolina residents about a new set of COVID-related scams, ahead of tax season.

Several different “Economic Impact Payment” scams have developed across the country. The scams aim to steal money, personal information from residents, and have become very common, according to the IRS.

“As this second round of Economic Impact Payments are being issued and as we approach tax filing season, I’d like to remind taxpayers to remain vigilant.  Fraudsters continue to exploit this pandemic to victimize the American public by seeking ways to gain access to taxpayer’s personal and financial information in an effort to line their own pockets,” said Special Agent in Charge Matthew D. Line.

Common COVID-related scams include:

  • Text messages asking taxpayers to disclose bank account information under the guise of receiving the $1,200 Economic Impact…

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