Got a Text About Money From the IRS?

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As part of October’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the IRS and Security Summit partners are warning taxpayers of a recent uptick in scams using COVID-19-related terminology to steal personal information or money. These text messages ask people to click links that lead to phishing websites designed to collect their information or potentially send malicious code on their devices. In addition, the IRS never contacts taxpayers over social media or email to request personal or financial information and will always contact you first by mail if it is necessary to discuss your tax account.

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Got a text about money from the IRS Scammers can pose as IRS agents and use a variety of tactics to trick people into sending their information or money to them, including caller ID spoofing and fake IRS titles and badge numbers. If a person calls you and claims to be from the IRS, they will never demand immediate payment or threaten you with lawsuits or arrest for not paying your taxes. They will also never require you to pay your taxes with a suspicious payment method like a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer.

To help you spot a scam, the IRS has published a list of the most common red flags to look out for. You can also check out the latest scams in our Got a Text About Money from the IRS? blog post.

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