WASHINGTON, D. C. — The Criminal Investigations Unit of the Internal Revenue Service says scams tied to the economic impact of the pandemic are surging in Missouri.

In a press release Tuesday afternoon, Special Agent and Public Information Officer Liliana Nin said; criminals continue to take advantage of people in need of relief by making promises that they can provide impact payments faster.

The scams use documents similar legitimate organizations or websites and ask for payments or personal information from the victims.