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