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New York : IRS alerts on stimulus check texting scam

New York :

IRS alerts on stimulus check texting scam

Remember that the IRS does not send unsolicited text messages or emails

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The IRS is alerting everyone to be on the lookout for a new form of fraud involving the stimulus check.

The scam works as follows: You receive a text message on your cell phone that says “You have received a direct deposit of $ 1,200 from COVID-19 TREAS FUND. More information is required to accept this payment on your account. Continue here to process this payment. ” The text includes a link to a web address where your data can be stolens.

This bogus link appears to be from a state agency or aid organization and leads people to click on a fraudulent web page masquerading as the IRS ‘Get My Payment’ tool page.

Here, the scammers will collect the information of the people who visit the fake website and then enter their personal and financial account information.

If you receive this message, what you should do is take a screenshot of the received text message and send it to the address phishing@irs.gov together with the following data:
–Date / time / time zone you received the text message
–The phone number where you received the text message

Remember that the IRS does not send unsolicited text messages or emails. The agency never requests immediate payment by gift card, prepaid debit card, or wire transfer, nor will it threaten to arrest a taxpayer for any reason.

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