Scammers are sending fake e-mails about third stimulus checks to try to steal personal or financial information, according to the Federal Trade Commission. It’s a type of government impersonator scam in which criminals are pretending to be from the IRS. The IRS is issuing stimulus checks through 2021 to those who haven’t already gotten one automatically. Eligible individuals can file a 2020 tax return or use a non-filer tool to get a payment.
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) criminals are exploiting the fact that many US citizens have still not received a third stimulus check. Utilizing phishing tactics, scammers are sending bogus email's claiming to be from the IRS urging individuals to claim their third economic impact via a link in the email. By clicking on the link and potentially entering financial and identifying information into this website you are at risk of having your identity or money stolen from you. These kinds of government impersonation scams are all too common however during these difficult times criminals may be able to exploit people in unfortunate financial situations. The email's often make threat's to scare users into complying with their demands, whether they will be arrested or criminally liable for no action taken. Another tell tale sign you may be a victim of a scam is that the criminals will most likely ask for payment in the form of cash, gift cards, cryptocurrencies and wire transfers.
The FTC states that over 12,500 fraud reports have been filed by victims of these crimes during the pandemic.
Americans should only initiate contact with the IRS by visiting their website. Be ware of any emails claiming to be from the IRS, emails that pertain to any type of Economic Impact Payments.
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