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IRS warns of ongoing COVID-19 fraud, urges Americans to be wary of fake emails and phone calls
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The IRS is urging Americans to stay vigilant about sketchy emails and out-of-the-blue phone calls from people who are promising stimulus payments or other benefits, warning that criminals are continuing to use the coronavirus pandemic as a way to steal personal information.
The latest warning comes as various federal agencies try to crack down on fraud related to the more than $5 trillion in COVID-19 relief spending since the beginning of the pandemic.
"Scammers continue using the pandemic as a device to scare or confuse potential victims into handing over their hard-earned money or personal information," IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a bulletin on Monday. "I urge everyone to be leery of suspicious calls, texts and emails promising benefits that don't exist."