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IRS warns of new EIP text scam

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The IRS is warning of a new text scam created by thieves that tricks people into disclosing bank account information under the guise of receiving their $1,200 Economic Impact Payment.

The scam 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 web address, warned the IRS and its partners in the Security Summit, including state tax agencies and the tax industry.

This fake phishing URL, which appears to come from a state agency or relief organization, takes recipients to a fraudulent website that impersonates the IRS.gov "Get My Payment" website. Victims enter personal and financial account information that scammers then harvest.

Neither the IRS nor state agencies texts taxpayers asking for bank account information so that an EIP deposit may be made.

“This scam is a new twist on those we’ve been seeing much of this year,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig.

People who receive the text scam should take a screenshot of the text message and include the screenshot in an email to phishing@irs.gov, along with the date, time and time zone that they received the message; the number that appeared on their Caller ID; and the number that received the text message.

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