COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The second round of advanced child tax credit payments will arrive in mailboxes and bank accounts across the country on Friday, August 13, and scammers are aiming to get some of that money back.
The IRS and the Better Business Bureau warn against scams by impostors or con artists claiming to help you get your payments earlier or get more money.
Jessica Kapcar from BBB of Central Ohio explains how to identify red flags in order to protect yourself and your money.
“The IRS is not going to call or text you to get information or ask you for money to get these child tax credits,” Kapcar said. “So if you get phone calls, texts, emails, apparently from government agencies, the IRS, asking you for information or asking you for money, these are major red flags. . “
According to the BBB, you can better protect your finances and personal information by keeping it personal.
“Never give out personal identifying information – social security numbers, banking information, credit or debit card information. Make sure you protect this very carefully,” Kapcar said.
If you have any questions or concerns about prepayments, the BBB said as always, go straight to the source (not a number you found on Facebook). Go directly to the IRS https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/advance-child-tax-credit-payments-in-2021.
Be sure to check out the previous articles (https://www.nbc4i.com/news/investigates/better-call-4/child-tax-credit-first-payments-begin-hitting-bank-accounts/) on the Advanced Child Tax Credit Payments, How Much You Can Expect, When and How to Opt Out of Monthly Deposits.