Beware of a New COVID-19 Text Scam

The IRS and other agencies are warning people about a new COVID-19 text scam created by thieves that trick people into disclosing bank account information under the pretense of receiving the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment (EIP).

coronavirus scamThe scam text message states, “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 includes a link to a fake phishing web address.

The fake phishing URL takes recipients to a fraudulent website that impersonates the IRS.gov Get My Payment website. The scammers collect personal and financial account information entered by the recipients.

The IRS or state agencies will never text taxpayers asking for bank account information so that an EIP deposit may be made.

If you receive this text scam, take a screenshot and email it to phishing@irs.gov along with the date, time, and time zone that you received the message; the number that appeared on your Caller ID; and the number that received the text message.

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