September 17, 2021

Don’t click the bait! IRS warns public of new phishing scam

According to the IRS, a record number of phishing scams linked to economic impact payments have been reported in the months of June and July. The IRS says they have not seen this many complaints in more than a decade.

“It’s critically important for members of the public to be aware of these scams and avoid becoming a victim. If anyone believes they are a victim, I encourage them to report it,” U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Andrew Birge said.

The IRS says recent scam reports include text messages stating that a taxpayer is eligible for a “stimulus payment.” The victim must then click on a link to complete the necessary information to claim it. And phishing emails claiming the IRS has calculated a taxpayer’s “fiscal activity” and they are eligible for an Economic Impact payment in a specific amount.

These scams attempt to mirror legitimate IRS communications with the goal of convincing unsuspecting…

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