By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Be on the lookout for scammers taking advantage of the second wave of stimulus payments, the IRS’ Criminal Investigation Division warns.READ MORE: Clairton Football Team Deal With Fallout Of Recent Violence
The IRS-CI says it’s seen a variety of Economic Impact Payment scams designed to steal money and personal information.READ MORE: Balloon Release Held For Steven Eason, The 15-Year-Old Central Catholic Student Shot And Killed At Haunted Hills Hayride
“I would like to remind all Pennsylvanians to be very vigilant, as scammers are constantly looking for people to victimize, said IRS-CI Special Agent in Charge Thomas Fattorusso in a press release. “And to anyone seeking to capitalize on this pandemic, let me be clear that we will continue to pursue the criminals who would steal from the American taxpayer.”
Some scams include text messages asking people to give up their bank info for the payment and phishing schemes using words like “COVID-19” and “stimulus.”MORE NEWS: Homeowner Says He Is Left With 'Nothing' After Alleged Hidden Holding Tanks Sour His Dreams
They say the best way to protect yourself is to know how the IRS talks to taxpayers. The IRS doesn’t send unsolicited texts and emails. And they won’t call threatening you with jail or lawsuits, nor do they demand tax payments on gift cards.