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Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against IRS Child Tax Credit Fraud | News

Welcome to the FBI of Oregon’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a Digital Defense Against Child Tax Credit Scams.

This warning comes to us through our partners at the Criminal Investigations Division of the Internal Revenue Service. Millions of American families began receiving advance child tax credit payments last month. If you get a phone call, email, or text or see a social media post offering to help you get those payments, pay attention.

Any communication offering help with registering for child tax credit or accelerating 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 may result in loss of money, tax evasion, and theft of information. ‘identity.

Although scam artists are constantly coming up with new schemes in an attempt to catch taxpayers off guard, there are simple ways to determine if it is really the IRS that is reaching out.

  • The IRS does not contact taxpayers via email, text, or social media channels to request personal or financial information, even child tax credit information.
  • The IRS does not leave pre-recorded, urgent or threatening messages. Aggressive calls warning taxpayers of a lawsuit or arrest are wrong.
  • The IRS will not call taxpayers to ask them to provide or verify financial information so they can get monthly child tax credit payments.
  • The IRS will not request payment via gift card, wire transfer, or cryptocurrency.

For taxpayers eligible for child tax credit advance payments, the IRS will use information from their 2020 or 2019 tax return to automatically enroll them for the advance payments. Taxpayers do not have to take any additional steps. To report suspicious IRS-related phishing and online scams, visit

If you are a victim of other online fraud, you should also report the incident to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at []www.ic3.govor call your local FBI office.