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IRS Warns About Child Tax Credit Fraud, Phishing Scams

July 22, 2021, 2:53 PM

Families should be wary of Child Tax Credit scammers attempting to steal money and personal information, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division warned Thursday.

The IRS has started delivering the advance Child Tax Credit payments monthly, and scammers are taking advantage of eligible recipients seeking answers about the credit, the agency said. Families should be on the lookout for phone, email, text message and social media scams framed around offering assistance to sign up for the tax credit.

  • “To avoid falling victim to these fraudsters, people should always stay on guard and be leery of unsolicited calls requesting money or their personal information,” said Joleen Simpson, acting special agent in charge of IRS Criminal Investigation.
  • The IRS will never initiate contact with taxpayers via online channels to request personal or financial information, nor will it leave pre-recorded, urgent, or threatening messages, the agency said.
  • The IRS regularly warns about fraud scams, highlighting them in its annual Dirty Dozen list. As the agency began sending out stimulus payments last year, it also flagged the associated scam risks.
  • Read more: IRS Workload Gives Scammers Opportunities to Cheat Taxpayers

To contact the reporter on this story: Isabelle Sarraf at isarraf@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Patrick Ambrosio at pambrosio@bloombergtax.com; Colleen Murphy at cmurphy@bloombergtax.com

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