In the last several months, the IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) has seen a variety of Economic Impact Payment (EIP) scams and other financial schemes designed to steal money and personal information from taxpayers.
IRS-CI said it is investigating hundreds of COVID-19-related cases with law enforcement agencies domestically and abroad. They are also using this as an opportunity to educate taxpayers about scams.
These are some common COVID-19 scams:
- Text messages asking taxpayers to disclose bank account information to receive the $1,200 EIP.
- Phishing schemes using email, letters, and social media messages with keywords such as “Coronavirus,” “COVID-19,” and “stimulus”. These communications are sent to a lot of people and aim to access personally-identifying information and financial account information (including…