Identity thieves are using a new tactic to trick the unwary and steal their personal information, the Federal Trade Commission has reported. This new tactic resembles the classic tactic of impersonating a government official but with a new twist of using the American Rescue Plan to dupe victims.

The American Rescue Plan is a law giving pandemic relief to American families by raising the value of the child tax credit. The IRS will be sending payments out in monthly installments to families across the country. Depending on the age of children, families may receive payments of up to $250 or $300 for every child. So far, the IRS has already paid $61 billion out to families across the country.

However, these payments have proven to be a tempting target for identity thieves to trick victims looking to acquire their payments or keep them coming. These criminals pretend to be IRS agents and send potential victims fake phone calls, texts, emails, and even messages through social media. These criminals will then lead the victims to cleverly designed fake websites that…

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