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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scam Alert

The scammers are back, but have they ever really left?!?! The IRS recently issued a warning to watch out for scams related to the Coronavirus. There have been a surge of calls and fishing emails attempting to steal taxpayers information which will lead to identity theft and tax related fraud. The scam centers around the economic impact payment and tax refunds.

The scammers are calling, emailing, texting, setting up fake websites, and even reaching out on social media to try and trick people into giving them their personal and banking information. The scammers are either promising you will get your refunds faster or this is the required information in order for you to receive your economic impact payment.

As a reminder, NEVER GIVE OUT ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION TO ANY UNSOLICITED FORMS OF COMMUNICATION.

The scammers have even been sending out fake checks with instructions to call them back to verify your information so they can steal it or to have you logon to one of their fake websites in hopes that they trick you into entering your personal information.

To distribute the money to taxpayers the IRS has different methods. They will do a deposit into your account if they have your direct deposit bank information if you previously provided one. In Mid-April, if you filed a previous return but didn’t do direct deposit, the IRS is creating a portal where you can enter your bank information to receive the payment by direct deposit. This portal will be on IRS.gov, you should go directly to this website and not click on an unsolicited email that claims it will take you to this portal. The other method is that the IRS will mail out checks if they do not have your bank information.

If you receive a scam request in any format you should forward it to:

phishing@irs.gov

Please consult your tax advisor on all the above information.

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