Kennewick, Wash. - In tough economic times, scam artists are promising stimulus payments to people in need of money.
These emails are being sent to any and all email boxes throughout the country. The emails tell you you're eligible to receive a stimulus payment then it asks you to click on a link to get your personal information.
IRS representatives say these are scams meant to take your money and steal your identity.
"These emails are designed to let people know they have a refund coming and greed and also the need for money in tight economic times, people should be weary," said Jesse Weller with the Internal Revenue Service in San Francisco.
Weller said if you click on the links of these emails it could infect your computer and the emails claiming to be from the IRS should be sent directly to email@example.com.
So far the IRS has had over 33,000 of the false emails forwarded to them.