SCAM ALERT: Criminals might target parents who received Child Tax Credit funds

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Scammers might try to target recipients of the Child Tax Credit payments, according to a new alert from Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody.

Last week, eligible parents started to receive a monthly advance payment on the Child Tax Credit as part of the American Rescue Plan Act.

“Anytime the federal government is doling out huge amounts of money, scammers pounce—trying to make a quick, dishonest dollar. With this latest round of federal stimulus money slated to be distributed, parents should be on the lookout for scams,” Moody said.

To avoid getting scammed, keep these facts in mind:

  • Eligible families will receive payments automatically and do not have to sign up or register for Child Tax Credit payments;
  • The IRS will never randomly call, text, email or direct message anyone asking for money or personal information. If asked, hang up immediately and directly contact the business or agency that the fraudster was impersonating;
  • The IRS will never ask for payment via gift card, wire transfer or cryptocurrency; and
  • Any offers to speed up the delivery time of a Child Tax Credit payment is a scam.

If you or someone you know may be getting scammed, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

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