Sadly, it did not take long for scammers to take advantage of the programs being offered to help individuals and businesses through this current situation. Don't let your guard down! Remember, the IRS and banks will not contact you for bank account information or to verify social security numbers or information on your tax return. Also, you should not pay anyone a fee to process your stimulus check. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is receiving reports of potential scams, warning on their website:
Scam artists don't take summer vacations! With scam artists hard at work all year, taxpayers should be on the lookout for a surge of evolving phishing emails and telephone scams.
Like clockwork, every year, there's a new twist on old scams. This year, it is the IRS phone scam whereby criminals impersonate IRS agents and make fake calls from the Taxpayer Advocate Service.