New Wave of COVID-19 Scams as Second Round

New Wave of COVID-19 Scams as Second Round

South Florida U.S. Attorney’s Office and IRS-CI Warn Taxpayers about New Wave of COVID-19 Scams as Second Round of Economic Impact Payments are Delivered

MIAMI, FA (STL.News) The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI), Miami Field Office, are warning taxpayers about a new wave of COVID-19-related scams as the agency delivers the second round of Economic Impact Payments.

In the last several months, IRS-CI has seen a variety of Economic Impact Payment (EIP) scams and other financial schemes designed to steal money and personal information from taxpayers.  Criminals are taking advantage of the second round of Economic Impact Payments – as well as the approaching filing season – to trick honest taxpayers out of their hard-earned money.

“I have two messages concerning the second round of economic impact payments,” said Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.  “The first is to South Florida residents: As our community continues to grapple with the impacts of the pandemic, know that my office remains committed to protecting you and that we will continue to prioritize the prosecution of Covid-19 fraud.  My second message is to those fraudsters who seek to capitalize on this ongoing crisis by trying to cheat South Floridians out of relief money: Don’t do it!

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