THE Internal Revenue Service has given advice to people on the warning signs to look out for after stimulus check scams soared over the summer.

Cases of scammers trying to con taxpayers into giving them a payment or handing over personal information relating to the Covid-19 stimulus payments rose drastically in June and July, the IRS said.


The IRS said phising scams regarding stimulus checks rose sharply in June and JulyCredit: Getty

Methods used by the unscrupulous criminals include fake emails and texts.

So far the government has issued three rounds of direct coronavirus relief payments to eligible Americans start the start of the pandemic.

These included up to $1,200 in April 2020, up to $600 in December 2020 and up to $1,400 in March.

Jim Lee, chief of IRS Criminal Investigation said in a statement: “Even though taxpayers have received multiple rounds of Economic Impact Payments, we saw phishing scams surge this summer.

“The number of reported…

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