May 26, 2022

A text or email alleging to be the IRS about stimulus checks or unemployment claims are most likely a scam, according to the agency, as CNBC reports.

This year’s IRS scams are reportedly aimed at COVID-19 economic relief measures like stimulus and unemployment benefits.

The IRS will not contact any taxpayers via email or text unless it’s the IRS Secure Access, which uses a two-factor authentication process.

IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig addressed the matter in a statement. “With filing season underway, this is a prime period for identity thieves to hit people with realistic-looking emails and texts about their tax returns and refunds,” he said.

The agency recommends not clicking on messages with links, which are to fake websites or tools claiming to be the IRS.

Also, the agency never sends messages about refunds or bills via text, and the IRS adds the agency does not send messages on social media. Phone scams are also common, but the IRS does not typically call taxpayers asking for you to pay a bill.

The IRS warns these scams are meant to steal your personal information, and money from tax refunds.

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