IRS warns taxpayers about Child Tax Credit scams as payments reach households

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The IRS is warning taxpayers about a growing number of scams related to Child Tax Credit payments, which the agency just began sending to qualified households last week.

“While millions of American families started receiving the advance Child Tax Credit payments last week, criminals were already looking for innovative tactics to take advantage of unwitting victims,” the tax agency said in a statement. “Taxpayers should be on the lookout for a variety of phone, e-mail, text message and social media scams targeting families eligible for the credit.”

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