The Internal Revenue Service will be issuing checks to Illinoisans eligible for the Child Tax Credit starting on July 15 and continuing through the end of year, a potential opportunity for fraud and scammers.
The Better Business Bureau is advising people to be on the lookout for potential scam artists once the checks start going out. Chief Executive Officer for the BBB Chicago, Steve Bernas, said that when the government is in the news scammers will emerge.
“Scammers read the newspapers and watch the news just like all of us,” Bernas said. “So if there is something in the news like this week with the Child Tax Credit, the scammer will take advantage and become an imposter.”
These potential con artists will try many different things to try and gain personal information from someone. The information will then be used to steal a person’s identity.
Bernas said that in order for Illinoisans to protect themselves from such scams, it is important to know the…