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IRS Warns of Texting Scam

Taxpayers beware, the IRS has recently warned of a texting scam with the purpose of stealing sensitive personal and financial information. There has been a significant increase in these types of texting scams targeted at mobile phone users.

Messages from these scammers appear to be from the IRS, often offering COVID relief, tax credits, and even help setting up an IRS online account.

Often, these texts will contain links where phishing websites collect their information or send codes to the victim’s phone that may allow them to steal information.

The IRS has repeatedly warned that they do not send emails or text messages asking taxpayers for personal, financial information, or account numbers.

Please report these scams to the IRS by emailing phishing@irs.gov

You should also report these scams to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration using the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting form. And to the Federal Trade Commission through their Complaint Assistant to make the information available to investigators.

When reporting this information, you should report the number or email the scam came from, along with the exact contents of the message.

For more information, please contact the Professionals at The Center for Financial, Legal, & Tax Planning Inc. at (618) 997-3436.



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