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Covid Text Message Scam

The IRS has issued a warning for yet another new scam going around, this one involves text messages. The endgame for the scammers in this new scam is to ultimately get your bank account information and they are using the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment to facilitate this scam.

The scammers will send you a text message that says you “have received a direct deposit of $1,200 from COVID-19 TREAS FUND. Further action is required to accept this payment…Continue here to accept this payment”. The text will then provide a link that sends you to a phishing website where the scammer tries to get you to enter your personal and bank information so they can steal it. The fake website does look like a real IRS website. DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK OR ENTER ANY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION.

The following instructions are directly from the IRS if you receive this text:

Anyone who receives this scam text should take a screenshot and include the screenshot in an email to phishing@irs.gov with the following information:

• Date/time/time zone that they received the text message
• The phone number that received the text message

The IRS doesn’t send unsolicited texts or emails. The agency will never demand immediate payment using a gift card, prepaid debit card or wire transfer or threaten to have a taxpayer arrested.

Please consult your tax advisor on all the above information.

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