IRS warns of scams surrounding COVID-19 stimulus payments

Staff Report
Published: 1/15/2021 5:13:25 PM
Modified: 1/15/2021 5:14:05 PM

WEST LEBANON — Federal officials are warning residents in Vermont and New Hampshire to watch out for a new type of scam related to COVID-19 stimulus payments, according to a news release from the IRS.

Some of the scams officials are asking people to be wary of are texts that ask for bank account information to process stimulus checks and phishing emails that use words like “coronavirus” and “stimulus” to extort personal information.

Others include scams that offer to sell fake, at-home COVID-19 tests, fake donation requests for people affected by the virus, and fake opportunities to invest in a company that purports to be developing a vaccine.

“The IRS does not send unsolicited texts or emails. The IRS does not call people with threats of jail or lawsuits, nor does it demand tax payments on gift cards,” the release stated.

Anyone who has encountered a scam involving mention of COVID-19 can call the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline at 1-866-720-5721 or report it to the IRS.

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