Watch Out for Coronavirus-Related Scams

The IRS is reminding taxpayers to be careful of scammers trying to take advantage of unsuspecting people during the Coronavirus pandemic. The IRS Criminal Investigation division has seen many types of Coronavirus-related scams over the past few months. Be on the lookout for communications that may be:

coronavirus-related scams

  • Economic Impact Payment schemes to steal personal information and money
  • Fake products, such as at-home test kits, cures, vaccines and medical supplies
  • Fake charities soliciting donations for individuals, groups and areas affected by the disease
  • Bogus investment opportunities in companies working on a vaccine and relate to microcap stocks, or low-priced stocks issued by the smallest of companies with limited publicly available information
  • Phishing schemes utilizing emails, letters, texts and links to get personally identifying information or financial account information

How to report scams

If you suspect you have received a scam, you should report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) Hotline at 866-720-5721 or submitted through the NCDF web Complaint Form.

Taxpayers can also submit a report online of fraud or theft of their Economic Impact Payments to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

Taxpayers can report phishing attempts, such as unsolicited emails or social media attempts to gather information that appear to be from either the IRS or an organization closely linked to the IRS, to phishing@irs.gov.

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