CASH-STRAPPED parents will never receive a call from the IRS asking them to hand over their stimulus cash.

It comes as fraudsters tricked some families in New Jersey as child tax credit payments were hitting back accounts.


Some families in New Jersey fell victim to a stimulus scamCredit: Getty

Scammers were reportedly making calls and sending malicious texts asking parents to confirm their stimulus eligibility status, New Jersey 101.5 reports.

Some received links where fraudsters could obtain social security numbers.

Meanwhile, other families were “warned” that they could face severe penalties if they didn’t pay the money back.

Mike Geraghty, of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, told the outlet: “The IRS will never contact individuals via phone, via email or via text asking for personal information or demanding payment.”

Americans have been urged to report scams on the IRS website.

It comes as parents have until…

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