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On Your Side: New IRS scams

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Crooks posing as IRS agents. It’s not a new scheme, but the tactics are better.

“Anytime we see programs from the government, like what we’ve seen through the CARES Act and some of the COVID responses, we see this uptick” said Tyler Hatcher, IRS agent. “In my 20-year career, I don’t remember seeing so many programs, pushed out to help taxpayers. And so it’s not a surprise, but it is concerning to us.”

There’s a new bogus email. Crooks stole the IRS logo. It’s about your stimulus payment. It says you need to update your bank info so you can get $800.

There’s a new scam text. It says to respond for your stimulus payment.

“We’re not going to contact you unsolicited through an email or a text. We do make phone calls and we do send letters. And those phone calls, 99% of the time are going to be to set up an in-person interview so that we can show you our credentials, you can see our identification,” said…

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