The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), state tax agencies and the tax industry are warning taxpayers about a new scam – by text – to trick people into disclosing bank account information in order to receive an Economic Impact Payment, or stimulus check.

As part of the scam, thieves are texting messages to taxpayer. The message looks something like this: 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 …

The text then includes a link to a web address. The web address is not legitimate: it’s a phishing URL. This phishing URL, which appears to come from a state agency or relief organization, directs victims to a fraudulent website that impersonates the IRS.gov Get My Payment website. Those who visit the fraudulent website are encouraged to enter their personal and financial account information: if you do, you will have your information collected by these scammers.

The IRS, states and industry, working together as the Security Summit, are reminding taxpayers that neither the IRS nor state tax agencies will ever text taxpayers asking for bank account information. This always true, but the Security Summit is issuing a particular reminder that the IRS will not text you with respect to making an EIP or stimulus check deposit.

“Criminals are relentlessly using COVID-19 and Economic Impact Payments as cover to try to trick…

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