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Tax rebate scam
Knowing that many parents are eager to get their Advance Child Tax Credit, con artists having been calling American homes, promising to speed up the rebate process for a fee of $39.99 -- to be placed on a credit card. While the tax credit of as much of $400 per child, issued by the government is real, the promise of the cons is not.

The Internal Revenue warns that persons who give the cons their credit card number may find large charges on their bill -- and their tax credit won't be coming any sooner.

The IRS began sending out the tax credit checks July 25.

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"The only thing the taxpayer needs to do is cash the check," said Mark W. Everson, IRS Commissioner. "If you qualify, we will send you a notice. There's no need to call, no need to apply, no need to fill out another form. The IRS will do all the work. A few days after the notice, you will get the check."

This scam is similar to other tax scams the IRS has reported in the past.

Read about more scams.

 
-- Posted: Oct. 10, 2003
   

 

 
 
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