Brian Watson is a Special Agent with the Internal Revenue Service. He says there are scams out there both old and new to trick filers into sharing their information, so make sure you have a good idea of exactly who you’re dealing with.

One of the techniques is text messages that scammers use to rope you in

The scammers out there are using the economic impact payments at bait. We continue to see the phishing schemes, text messages and emails trying to trick you into thinking you’re dealing with a financial institution or even the IRS. We’ve seen an uptick in the ones related to the IRS,” Watson said.

Thieves are using social media and other means to say you have a 3rd COVID relief check on the way, but it’s all lies to deceive you, never click on a link you’re not expecting.

“I they receive a text message or email saying your eligible, they’re likely to click on a link. Here’s the deal the IRS…

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