IREDELL COUNTY, NC — Iredell County residents and anyone receiving advance child tax credits should be on guard against potential scammers, Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell warned Tuesday.
Pandemic economic relief through advance payouts of the child tax credits, which are included in the American Rescue Plan, began this past month, creating a new opportunity for scammers.
“The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn you about a new financial scam which is going on around the country. Scammers are or are attempting to use the Child Tax Credit to steal individual’s personal information, or money,” ICSO said.
It’s not the first time scammers have attempted to capitalize off the coronavirus pandemic.
In North Carolina, at least 204,000 people fell victim to reported online scams in 2020, a 19 percent increase from the more than 171,000 reported in 2019, according to Comparitech, a technology research company that analyzed…