The Internal Revenue Service says if you’re eligible for the child tax credit, scammers could be trying to steal your money.

Cyber criminals are using delayed payments to take advantage of parents waiting for their money by calling and offering to sign them up for a fake IRS program to speed up payments. The thieves usually leave pre-recorded, urgent or threatening messages.

Some will also contact by email or text, trying to get you to fill out a form or even pay a fee so you can get your payments. These scammers just want access to your personal information, bank account details or even your tax credit payment itself.

Tyler Hatcher with the IRS said the agency would never call or text, asking you to verify personal or financial information.

“Many people will think, ‘Well I haven’t seen my payment yet,’ and they get a phone call….

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