The Internal Revenue Service received a record number of complaints about Economic Impact Payment scams in June and July 2021 not seen in more than a decade.

“Criminals are relentless in trying to victimize the public and during this pandemic are after your economic impact payments which are intended to help those in need,” said Andy Tsui, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge for the State of Idaho. “The IRS will not ask for your personal or financial information through text messages, emails, phone calls, or through social media.”

“Our office is on high alert for swindlers who try to steal these much-needed economic impact payments from the pockets of our law-abiding citizens,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael Gonzalez. “We will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who tries to prey upon Idahoans during this prolonged…

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