The IRS has warned that fraudsters are sending fake emails about the third round of stimulus checks to steal people’s financial and / or personal information.
While millions of Americans have received stimulus checks in the third round worth up to $ 1,400, which were part of the US rescue plan signed by President Joe Biden in March, the IRS will send payments until 2021.
CNBC reports that some individuals who qualify have still not received their third stimulus payment, and scammers are sending emails to take advantage of this. In emails, it asks people to click on a link to claim their third stimulus check. Cristina Miranda, an official in the agency’s consumer and vocational training department, says “the link is a trick.”
“If you click on it, a scammer can steal your money and your personal information to commit identity theft,” she added.
According to CNBC, it is considered an imitation scam. This is when fraudsters pretend to be from the IRS, Social Security Administration or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Close to 12,500 Americans have filed fraud reports during the pandemic due to fraud.
“The IRS does not initiate contact via email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information – not even information related to financial impact payments,” according to the IRS. “Also be aware of emails with attachments or links that claim to have specific information about the financial impact of payments or refunds.”
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