STATEWIDE — Attorney General Ashley Moody has issued a Consumer Alert warning that scammers may attempt to target recipients of the child tax credit payments.

What You Need To Know

  • Attorney General Moody is warning parents to stay informed of payment schedules and seek out verified forms of info

  • The IRS will never randomly call, text, or email you and ask for personal info 

  • Parents began receiving a monthly advance payment on the child tax credit this month

Last week, eligible parents started to receive a monthly advance payment on the child tax credit as part of the American Rescue Plan Act.

“Anytime the federal government is doling out huge amounts of money, scammers pounce — trying to make a quick, dishonest dollar. With this latest round of federal stimulus money slated to be distributed, parents should be on the lookout for scams,” said Moody.

Moody is asking eligible Floridians to stay informed about the payment schedule to avoid scams and to seek out verified sources of information, such as the IRS. She also recommends reviewing the following tips:

  • Eligible families will receive payments automatically and do not have to sign up or register for child tax credit payments
  • The IRS will never randomly call, text, email or direct message anyone asking for money or personal information. If asked, hang up immediately and directly contact the business or agency that the fraudster was impersonating
  • The IRS will never ask for payment via gift card, wire transfer or cryptocurrency
  • Any offers to speed up the delivery time of a child tax credit payment is a scam

An estimated 36 million families will continue to receive payments from the Internal Revenue Service of up to $300 per child, per month.

For additional tips and information regarding stimulus payment scams, click here.