TAMPA — As if there wasn’t enough to worry about, the IRS is reporting the number of complaints about Economic Impact Payment scams skyrocketed in June and July to levels not seen in more than a decade.
Scammers, according to a release from the IRS, aim to trick businesses and individuals into sharing personal information or sending payments. What’s most worrisome is that, often, the messages mirror legitimate IRS emails.
An IRS spokesperson working in the Tampa office of the IRS’ criminal investigation unit says in an email that the statistics aren’t available yet.
“But, I can tell you that the volume of phishing complaints and the number of phishing sites reported to the IRS via the [email protected] email is the worst in 10 years and is very alarming,” the spokesperson writes.
“This increase is due to new tactics and platforms not readily used 10 years ago like social media in combination with…