On Wednesday, August 11, 2021, Prescott Valley Police Department became aware that scammers are now trying to steal your personal or financial information using the Child Tax Credit program as the pretense.
Scammers will use text messages, emails, phone calls or social media to try to obtain your personal information. The scammer will pose as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and even use a fake IRS website. These cyber criminals, appearing to be IRS, will advise you to complete a form to qualify for the tax credit. This form will require that you provide all your personal information such as your social security number, date of birth, or banking information. The cyber criminals may even require you pay a fee to complete the form using a gift card or cryptocurrency.
The Child Tax Credit Scam is a fraudulent means to obtain your personal information, gain access to your bank accounts and steal your money. IRS will never send an email, text, call you or use social media to contact you. The IRS will not leave threatening prerecorded messages or threaten to arrest you.