COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Beginning next week, the Internal Revenue Service will be implementing the Child Tax Credit early refund through the American Rescue Plan Act.

The Central Ohio Better Business Bureau (BBB) has sent out a warning to be aware of fraudulent phone calls, emails, and text messages.

“Scammers are very good at what they do,” said Jessica Kapcar with the BBB. “They have technology that makes things seem very believable.”

Kapcar’s office calls these Imposter Scams.

“They are pretending to be the IRS. They are pretending to be other government agencies,” she said.

Any time there is a new “event” like the current Child Tax Credit refund, the BBB sees an uptick in bogus calls from thieves.

BBB offers these helpful hints

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