FAMILIES who are eligible for child tax credits are being warned about scammers trying to steal their cash.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has urged households to be alert for criminals getting in touch by phone, email, text or on social media.

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Families have been warned about child tax credit scams ahead of payments starting next monthCredit: Alamy

The crooks claim they need to verify your information in order for you to get advance child tax credit payments.

But in reality, it’s used “as a cover to steal your information and money”, the IRS tweeted yesterday.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week also warned about scammers targeting families waiting for the cash too.

It said scammers claim they can help you get your payments earlier, get you more money or other untruthful claims.

How to protect yourself from scams

BY keeping these tips in mind, you can avoid getting caught up in a scam:

  • Firstly, remember that if something seems too good…

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