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IRS warns of new scam targeting second round of stimulus payments

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QUINCY, IL (WGEM) -- As the pandemic continues, the IRS is warning residents to be aware of a scam targeting you right here in the Tri-States.

In the scam, you are sent text or emails with a link to click to receive your economic impact payments.

The fake link sends you to a page asking them to fill out personal information which includes credit card and social security numbers.

The link can also add a virus to the device that you use to steal that information.

Officials with the Better Business Bureau in Quincy said it’s easy for you to fall for these scams because there has been confusion about how the IRS will send out those stimulus payments.

Officials said it’s important to remember the IRS will never send an online link in order to receive a payment.

“In the first round, people primarily got their payments in a couple ways. They were either directly deposited, they were by check or some folks did get debit cards. What we’re finding right now is that some people who were getting checks that first time around are getting debit cards the second time around because the IRS does not have their direct deposit information," said Don O’Brien, Better Business Bureau regional director in Quincy.

BBB officials said any official economic impact payment information will be addressed from the Department of Treasury.

If you get any messages that seems suspicious, you should report potential scams to the IRS Criminal Investigation at lasvegasfieldoffice@ci.irs.gov or by calling the Better Business Bureau office in Quincy at (217) 209-3972.

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