Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau (25 March 2021)

Location: Hong Kong and Macau

Event: The Internal Revenue Service urges U.S. taxpayers to beware of phone calls and email phishing attempts regarding COVID-19. These can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft. Taxpayers should also report suspicious websites, text messages, and social media messages that request money or personal details.

For more information, please see the Internal Revenue Service’s press release.

Actions to Take:

  • Report unsolicited emails, text messages, or social media attempts to gather information that appear to be from the IRS or an organization closely linked to the IRS, such as the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
  • Do not engage potential scammers online or by phone. Learn more about reporting suspected scams at the Report Phishing and Online Scams webpage at
  • Find official IRS information about the COVID-19 pandemic and economic impact payments at