You will get your first advance child tax credit payment in about two weeks, and the BBB says to be on the lookout for scams in the days ahead. After all, the BBB saw it all when we were getting stimulus checks.

“People were getting text messages and emails saying get your stimulus early, and we know that that’s not a thing,” Melanie McGovern, communications director of the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York, said. “So, what people were doing is they were clicking on these links that they were getting in a text message or an email, and they were asking for all kinds of personal information. What we need to remember is you will get it when you get it. There’s no way to get it early, so if you do that text or that email, definitely a scam.”

The BBB warns scammers messages often have links that can unleash malware on your device. You also should beware of text messages that promise to help…

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