Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against IRS Child Tax Credit Fraud | Local News
Welcome to the Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense against child tax credit scams.
This warning is coming to us thanks to our partners in the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division. Millions of American families began receiving child tax credit advance payments last month. If you get a phone call, email, or text, or see a social media post offering to help you get these payments, be careful.
Any communication offering help to subscribe to the Children’s Tax Credit or to speed up monthly payments is likely a scam. When receiving unsolicited calls or messages, taxpayers should not provide personal information, click on links, or open attachments, as this could result in loss of money, tax evasion and theft. ‘identity.
While scammers are constantly coming up with new schemes to try and catch taxpayers off guard, there are simple ways to identify if the IRS really is reaching out.
- The IRS does not contact taxpayers through email, text, or social media channels to request personal or financial information, even information relating to the child tax credit.
- The IRS does not leave pre-recorded, urgent, or threatening messages. Aggressive calls warning taxpayers of a trial or arrest are bogus.
- The IRS will not call taxpayers asking them to provide or verify financial information so that they can get the monthly child tax credit payments.
- The IRS will not request payment through a gift card, wire transfer, or cryptocurrency.
For taxpayers who are eligible for child tax credit advance payments, the IRS will use information from their 2020 or 2019 tax return to automatically enter them for advance payments. Taxpayers do not have to take any further action. To report suspicious IRS-related phishing attempts and online scams, visit www.irs.gov.
If you are the victim of other online fraud, you should also report the incident to the FBI Internet Crime Complaints Center at [www.ic3.gov]www.ic3.govor call your local FBI office.