Puerto Rico U.S. Attorney’s Office And IRS-Criminal Investigation Warn Taxpayers About New Wave Of Covid-19 Scams As Second Round Of Economic Impact Payments Is Delivered
SAN JUAN, P.R (STL.News) U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow and Tyler R. Hatcher, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement today in an effort to prevent taxpayers from falling victim to criminals.
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.
“As the second round of economic impact payments are delivered, we continue to provide guidance to taxpayers about tax and COVID-19 related scams. We remain vigilant with our law enforcement partners to investigate and bring to justice those who exploit the ongoing public health crisis in order to enrich themselves. I urge citizens to remain alert and to be skeptical of any telephone calls, e-mails, or websites that request personal information or banking information, while promising money or services that seem too good to be true,” said U.S.