The IRS is warning of a new text message scam surrounding supposed COVID stimulus payments.  Basically, this is a run of the mill phishing scam where the thieves attempt to get victims to reveal bank account information under the guise of “accepting a payment”.

As I always warn, the IRS will ALWAYS contact you first via US Postal Service mail. Any other initial contact source is likely a scam…email, phone call, text message, fax, etc. are all likely scams.

If you receive the text message, the IRS requests you report it via the special email set up for these things.  See the procedure in this IRS warning.

IRS Warns of Text Message Scam