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IRS Discovered a new Text Scam

The IRS wants to remind people that scammers have been relentless when it comes to using the Economic Impact as a cover to steal your personal information including bank account numbers. The IRS will never text you to get your bank account information. The scam text reads as follows:

“You have received a direct deposit of $1,200 from COVID-19 TREAS FUND. Further action is required to accept this payment into your account. Continue here to accept this payment …”

The text then includes a link to click on that takes you to a fake IRS website where they direct you to enter your bank account information to receive the payment. Then once you enter your information the scammer now has all your bank information.

Per the IRS, People who receive this text scam should take a screen shot of the text message that they received and then include the screenshot in an email to phishing@irs.gov with the following information:

• Date/Time/Timezone that they received the text message
• The number that appeared on their Caller ID
• The number that received the text message

As a reminder for any type of potential scam, never give out your personal information to any form of unsolicited contact. If you need information regarding the IRS, you should go directly to their site IRS.gov and not click on any links from an unsolicited text or email.

Please consult your tax advisor on all the above information.

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