The IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division reports a variety of Economic Impact Payment scams and other schemes designed to steal money and personal information.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The IRS has issued a warning to taxpayers in Kentucky and Indiana about COVID-19 scams related to the second round of stimulus checks. 

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…

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