Opportunistic fraudsters have taken advantage of some consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic, this time targeting child tax credit payments that have been sent out to assist families.

The IRS recently issued an alert after it began sending tens of millions of dollars to families, though scammers have been attempting to pull a fast one over on some to steal thousands of dollars in federal benefits.

According to the IRS, scammers have been reaching out to families using emails, text messages, and through social media, asking to verify personal information to receive the child tax credit payments. 

The fraudsters then use that information to hack into accounts and scam their victims.

Scammers have also used pre-recorded or threatening messages warning about a lawsuit or arrest, requesting payment to start the credit payments, asking for gift cards, wire transfers, or cryptocurrency.

Officials noted that payments will be sent…

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