From the Indiana County State Police - Grandparent Scam (02/04/2022)

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE
February 4, 2022
Scam Alert: Troopers Investigate Grandparent Scam

Ebensburg, PA – Troopers are investigating after a Cambria County resident sustained a loss of $23,000 during a recent scam.

On February 2, 2022 at approximately 10:00 a.m., the victim, an 89-year-old female, received a phone call from a woman claiming to be the victim’s granddaughter. During their phone conversation, the suspect advised that she was involved in a motor vehicle crash and was in police custody. The suspect also advised that she was in need of bail money.

During the course of the scam, the victim agreed to provide U.S. currency to the suspect and arranged for a “courier” to come to her residence to retrieve the money. Later that afternoon, an unknown male arrived at the victim’s residence on two separate occasions. During those visits, the male suspect met with the victim and received a total of $23,000 in U.S. currency from the victim.

The male suspect was described as a white, non-Hispanic male, approximately 30 years old, with longer brown hair and wearing a knit winter hat and a surgical-style face mask. He was reported to be operating a passenger car described as being “brighter red” in color.

Troopers are continuing to investigate and have not received any recent, similar reports. Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to contact Troop A, Ebensburg at 814-471-6500.

The state police advise residents to discuss common scams with family members and to verify the legitimacy of suspicious phone calls, emails, and text messages before providing any personal information. When in doubt, ignore the call, email, or text message and contact a family member or your local law enforcement agency for guidance.

Tips for reporting and protecting yourself against common scams can be found on the United States Federal Trade Commission website.

PA State Police Scam Alert: Grandparent Scam 02/04/2022

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Child Tax Credit Payments Begin July 2021

The expanded and newly-advanceable Child Tax Credit was authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act. Normally, the IRS will calculate the payment based on a family’s 2020 tax return, including those who use the Non-Filer sign-up tool. If that return is not available because it has not yet been filed or is still being processed, the IRS will determine the initial payment amounts using the 2019 return or the information entered using the Non-filers tool that was available in 2020.

The payment will be up to $300 per month for each child under age 6, and up to $250 per month for each child age 6 through 17. To ensure families can easily access their money, the IRS will issue these payments by direct deposit, as long as correct banking information has previously been provided to the IRS. Otherwise, people should watch their mail around July 15th for their mailed payment. The dates for the Advance Child Tax Credit payments are: July 15, August 13, September 15, October 15, November 15, and December 15.

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For more information, please visit IRS.gov/childtaxcredit2021, or read FAQs on the 2021 Child Tax Credit and Advance Child Tax Credit Payments.

Understanding the 2021 Child Tax Credit