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Child tax credit scams: IRS warns of scammers impersonating agency to help sign up, speed up payments

CHICAGO (WLS) – The IRS warned that agency scammers are offering “help” to apply for the Child Tax Credit. There are also fake stories of “accelerating” monthly payments.

The agency said it was all a ruse to steal personal information, money and identities.

If you qualify for a tax credit, you will automatically receive a tax credit based on your recent W2.

Click here to use our Child Tax Credit Calculator to find out how much you can get

The IRS says impostors are using phone, e-mail, text messaging and social media scams to target families that qualify for the credit.

Any communication offering to assist with program registration or payment acceleration is fraudulent and it is important not to provide personal information.

RELATED: Child Tax Credit to Help Lift Thousands of Sick Children Out of Poverty

The IRS says it will never contact taxpayers via e-mail, text messages or social media channels, and it will not leave pre-recorded, urgent or threatening messages.

You can report online scams and suspected IRS-related scams at IRS.gov.

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