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IRS warns of child tax credit scams

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IRS warns of child tax credit scams

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The scammers try to get information using calls, emails, texts and social media.

The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers of ongoing scams related to the child tax credit — with some landing directly in Americans’ email or smartphone.

“Right now we’re seeing scammers trying to take advantage of the American public by attempting to gain information — using phone calls, emails, text messages, through social media — all attempting to target families eligible for this credit,” Jim Lee, chief of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division told ABC News.

The IRS said families who qualify for the child tax credit, which was expanded as part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, would receive monthly payments without taking any further action. Initial eligibility was based on 2019 or 2020 tax returns.

“For tax year 2021, the child tax credit is increased from $2,000 per qualifying child to: $3,600 for children ages 5 and under at the end of 2021; and $3,000 for children ages 6 through 17 at the end of 2021,” according to the IRS.

But several scam e-mails and text messages obtained by ABC News, show what appear to be official documents.

“Economic Impact Payments Status Available Jul 26,” one scam e-mail reads and appears to be written on official letterhead.

Lee said that they are seeing scammers send “thousands of…

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