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.
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 scam attempts reached levels we haven’t seen in more than a decade.
“More than ever, it is important for taxpayers to continue to protect their personal information and not fall victim to these scams.”
The IRS said scammers tried to match the language used by the IRS to get taxpayers to submit their personal details or hand over money.
It said recent examples included text messages saying the user was eligible for a stimulus payment but they needed to click a link to be able to receive it.
In another example it said…