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If someone texts you promising a $1,200 stimulus check, it’s a scam.

The IRS and a coalition of state tax agencies and tax industry officials are warning individuals who receive such messages not to respond.

The text scam typically reads, “You have received a direct deposit of $1,200 from COVID-19 TREAS FUND. Further action is required to accept this payment into your account. Continue here to accept this payment …” 

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The link that accompanies the message is a fake phishing URL, even though it may appear to come from an official source like a state agency. It directs people to an imitation IRS site, and then asks for their personal and financial details, including bank account information.

The IRS is reminding people that it…

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