The first child tax credit payments go out next week, and experts are already warning that along with the money comes the threat of scam artists trying to take it.

Families that are eligible will receive the payments either through direct deposit or a check in the mail.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning this new round of checks could also bring a new round of imposter scams.

“The IRS is the only agency handling all of this stuff, so if any other agency claims to be reaching out to you, that’s a red flag,” said Ashley Gibbard, marketing director for the BBB of eastern Michigan.

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If the IRS needs to reach you, they will only do so through a letter in the mail — you will not receive any texts, calls or emails from the agency.

If you receive contact from someone claiming to be from the IRS, do not trust them: they are pretending to be a government employee.

The imposter scam has been popular throughout the pandemic with con artists pretending…

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