LANSING – There has been a significant increase in reports of identity theft connected with the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials say.

And the Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers “to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and email phishing attempts about the coronavirus, or COVID-19. These contacts can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft.”

In addition, taxpayers should be alert for text messages, emails, websites and social media attempts that request money or personal information, the IRS said.

Attorney General Dana Nessel said that the pandemic has caused an increase in the number…

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